Lose Yourself in the Pages

Lisa G grew up in a nomadic family, living what she calls a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle before they settled in Gippsland in her late teen years. The family has long since moved on but Lisa has made her home here for the past 30 years.

Lisa G grew up in a nomadic family, living what she calls a ‘gypsy’ lifestyle before they settled in Gippsland in her late teen years. The family has long since moved on but Lisa has made her home here for the past 30 years.

The writer and passionate literacy advocate has recently published her first work, Rumla under the name Lisa G. Rumla is a book which has been enjoyed by 12 year old’s and 80 year old’s alike. This project was the culmination of 8 years of work. The enthralling novel which is receiving outstanding reviews draws on African culture and mythical legends from the continent.

 

Launching her debut novel independently and seeing it on the shelves for sale at her local bookstore has been an exercise in perseverance and self-belief in a massive industry. After much research, time and effort, the end result is something Lisa is immensely proud of and so she should be.

 

Lisa calls Gippsland, “a hub of undiscovered beauty, talent and opportunity. I have discovered that there are so many amazing places and accomplished individuals here, quietly going about their lives. From local market and business creatives to the internationally recognised who have made their dreams a reality.”

 

For someone who is ‘fiercely Australian’ after travelling extensively, she is passionate about preserving our ‘land-downunder’ for the generations to come. “It disappoints me that we do under-appreciate our country and take it somewhat for granted. The worst culprits are our politicians. There is only one thing worse than feeling powerless to change something and that is having the power and not using it properly.’

 

Lisa says she’s never ‘not writing.’ There are always ideas and stories racing around in her mind but when not actively writing the outdoors beckons. “On a beautiful summer's day I love spending time at Inverloch and Wilsons Prom. In winter, nothing offers me more contentment than a roaring fire & great music. Mostly though it is under the canopy of any large tree on a lush grassy patch, it brings me back to focus, reminding me what I value most.”

 

With a fire in her belly to improve literacy skills, her current project focuses on phonetic learning which she believes is one of the keys to improving comprehension. This passion is reflected in the series of five children’s books she has written. Stepping outside her comfort zone she is also illustrating these herself.

 

She keeps moving forward in a very competitive industry by setting big goals for herself and with continual effort, often drawing on the inspiration of Nelson Mandela who said; ‘Everything is impossible until it’s done.’

 

 

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