Lisa Devaney is an American indie author living in London, England. Her debut novel In Ark: A Promise of Survival is a cli-fi set in New York City in the year 2044. Living with the impact of climate change, the main character, Mya Brand, struggles to survive until she is abducted by an eco-survivalist community that promises that her dreams will come true.
The author has spent a lifetime fascinated by the various storytelling mediums. As a child, she wrote and illustrated her own comic strip and won writing contests at the age of seven. Later, while single and living in New York City in the 1990’s, she turned herself into an online cartoon character called (((Futuregirl))) and also transformed her friends into cartoons, displaying these characters on her Fgirl.TV website. She bravely decided to take her make-believe character offline and started performing in SLAM poetry-style at venues around New York City. Soon, she became widely known as (((Futuregirl))) and was often spotted out in the club scene dressed up as this superhero character for the New New York. Arriving in London in 2004, she put her talent on stage by producing and performing in her own cabaret shows, including her all-original Hee Haw! Whore House and playing Toad in her rendition of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic tale of The Wind in the Willows at the legendary Secret Garden Party.
Devaney also has a successful career as a publicist, including representing numerous technology clients through her consultancy agency Hai Media Group. Prior to this, she had her career as an award-winning newspaper reporter. Finding herself unemployed following the events of 9/11 in New York City, she co-founded an organization called WeWantWork.com to promote a group of professionals needing jobs. Her efforts to promote this group won headlines around the world, and, as the group’s spokesperson, she was featured by CNN, NBC’s The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many more outlets.
Now part of the social media generation, she has adapted enthusiastically to this new storytelling medium. She can be found on Twitter (@lisadevaney) or Like her Facebook page. You can also email her here.
Photo of Lisa Devaney is by portrait photographer Steve Double.