About Lisa

LISA_DICKEY_headshot crop 2A longtime book collaborator, Lisa Dickey has helped clients write 17 published nonfiction books, including eight New York Times Best Sellers. Her most recent collaboration, Then Comes Marriage, by Roberta Kaplan with Lisa Dickey, was named a top ten book of 2015 by both The Los Angeles Times and Ms. Magazine.

Lisa began her writing career in 1994 in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she wrote articles for The Moscow Times, Russian Life magazine and USA Today. Upon returning to the United States in late 1996, she worked with then-Washington Post reporter Kara Swisher on her first book, AOL.COM. From that initial collaboration, Lisa launched a career as a ghostwriter and book doctor.

Over the next two decades, Lisa worked with high-profile clients such as Patrick Swayze, Gavin Newsom, Cissy Houston, Herbie Hancock, Cathie Black, and Whitewater partner Susan McDougal. Her collaborations have spanned a vast array of topics, from politics to business to entertainment to international relations. Click here for a full list of books, and here for reviews.

Lisa is also an accomplished storyteller on stage, appearing at live events such as the Moth Story Slam, the Moth Grand Slam, Don’t Tell My Mother, Eat Your Words, and Drunk on Stage at Akbar. She is a credited writer on the award-winning documentary film Letter to Anita and a contributor to Larry Smith’s The Best Advice in Six Words.

Prior to her writing career, Lisa worked as a Russian translator and, for nine glorious months, as a lounge singer in Japan. She has served as a juror for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Awards and for the Goldman Sachs Global Leadership Program. A 1988 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature, she lives with her wife, the TV and film writer Randi Barnes, in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.