Midwest Author Lisa M. Cronkhite’s love for writing began as a teen, when she filled her journal with the details of her torrid romance with her first boyfriend—now known as her husband of over two decades. She picked up writing again after her first bipolar episode and psychotic break, when her doctor recommended it as a coping skill. Pencil in hand, Lisa dove into crafting poetry.

Over the years, Lisa published poems in print and online magazines such as Poetry Repairs, Grey Sparrow Press, Sacramento Poetry Center, Poetry Salzburg Review and many more. Her short short stories have appeared in magazines such as Suspense Magazine and the YA Fiction magazine Suddenly Lost in Words. She took a writing course at the Institute of Children’s Literature, earning six college credits and her certificate in July of 2009. Disconnected is her fourth novel (following Dreaming a Reality, Demon Girl, and Deep in the Meadows).

Lisa is a mental health awareness advocate and writes to shed light on the struggles of such illnesses in the hope of promoting patience and understanding. She lives in a small suburb just outside of Chicago with her adoring husband and two beautiful children. When she is not writing or enjoying the presence of her loving family, she likes to hang out with Bruce, her Boxer/Shepherd mix, and Stormy, her gray tabby cat. She is working on her next novel, Purple Haze.

Books by Lisa M. Cronkhite at the Poisoned Pencil

  • YA mystery novel, Disconnected