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Lisa Lutz is an American author. She began her career writing screenplays for Hollywood. One of her rejected screenplays became the basis for a popular series of novels about a family of private investigators, the Spellmans. She is a 2020 recipient of an Alex Award. Biography Lutz was born in Southern California in 1970. She attended UC Santa Cruz, UC Irvine, University of Leeds in England and San Francisco State University, all without attaining a degree. During the 1990s she had many low-paying jobs, including work in a private investigation firm, and spent a lot of time writing and re-writing a Mob comedy called Plan B. Her screenplay was optioned in 1997, and was made into a movie in 2000 (released in 2001). Variety Magazine described the movie as "torturously unfunny." She subsequently produced several other tentative screenplays, but none were picked up. Her final effort, tentatively titled "The Spellman Files", was also rejected. At that point, Lutz realized that "the story really needed more space to be told properly," and decided to write it as a novel. She began the novel while still living in California in 2004, then decided to move into a relative's family vacation home in upstate New York to work on it full-time. She returned to Seattle to write her second Spellman novel, then moved to San Francisco, where she lived until 2012. She presently lives in a remote area of upstate New York. Writing Her novel series describes the Spellmans, a family of private investigators, who, while very close knit, are also intensely suspicious and spend much time investigating each other. The first book in the series, The Spellman Files, becomes suspenseful when 14-year-old Rae Spellman is apparently kidnapped. In 2008, The Spellman Files was nominated for three awards for best first novel, the Anthony Award, Macavity Award, and Barry award; was awarded an Alex Award; was nominated for a Dilys Award; and reached #27 on the New York Times Bestseller ListParamount Pictures optioned the film rights for the novel, with Laura Ziskin producing and Barry Sonnenfeld directing. As of 2016, this film has not been made. Her second novel, Curse of the Spellmans, was nominated for a 2009 Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America for best mystery novel. Lutz went on to write four more entries in the Spellman series: Revenge of the Spellmans (2009), The Spellmans Strike Again (2010), Trail of the Spellmans (2012), and The Last Word, also released as The Next Generation (2013). In addition to the six Spellman novels, Lutz wrote Isabel Spellman's Guide to Etiquette: What is Wrong with You People (2013), a short tongue-in-cheek self-help guide purportedly written by Lutz's series protagonist, and How to Negotiate Everything (2013), a children's book purportedly written by Lutz's series character David Spellman, with illustrations by artist Jaime Temairik.In 2011, Simon & Schuster published Heads You Lose, a stand-alone comic crime novel written by Lutz with her friend and former romantic partner David Hayward.Lutz's second stand-alone, How to Start a Fire, was published in 2015 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. A thriller, The Passenger, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster. Published works Screenplays Plan B (2001) Dare Me (TV series), Season 1, Episode 5, "Parallel Trenches" (2020)Novels The Spellman Files (2007) Curse of the Spellmans (2008) Revenge of the Spellmans (2009) The Spellmans Strike Again (2010) Heads You Lose (with David Hayward) (2011) Trail of the Spellmans (2012) The Last Word, later published as "Spellman Six: The Next Generation" (2013) How to Start a Fire (2015) The Passenger (2016) The Swallows (2019) The Accomplice (2022)Children's Book "How To Negotiate Everything" by David Spellman and Lisa Lutz, with illustrations by Jaime Temairik (2013)Articles or other contributions Please Stop Talking I have to use the Bathroom (Friction magazine, 2 December 2002 issue) Confessions of a Hollywood sellout (, February 2005) Rule 1: Ignore Rules (The Wall Street Journal, 18 February 2012 issue) Ask Lutz ("Need unprofessional advice? Ask Lutz" - blogs posted on from 2002 to 2004) How to write a Fan Letter Without Getting a Restraining Order (a chapter in the 2005 book "Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons (Ages 11 and Up))" Isabel Spellman's Guide to Etiquette: What is Wrong with You People by Isabel Spellman and Lisa Lutz, e-book only (2013)References External links Official website Interview with Lisa Lutz in BookPage Heads You Lose official website [1] Simon & Schuster official author page [2]. Discover the Lisa Lutz popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Lisa Lutz books.

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  • The Spellman Files synopsis, comments

    The Spellman Files

    Lisa Lutz

    From the awardwinning author of The Passenger comes the first novel in the hilarious Spellman Files mystery series featuring Isabel “Izzy” Spellman (part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Har...

  • Lisa Lutz Spellman Series E-Book Box Set synopsis, comments

    Lisa Lutz Spellman Series E-Book Box Set

    Lisa Lutz

    Catch up with the first four books in the New York Times bestselling series by Lisa Lutz, featuring the fearless private investigator Izzy Spellman and her quirky, yet endearing, f...

  • Grave Reservations synopsis, comments

    Grave Reservations

    Cherie Priest

    “Delightful.” The New York Times Book ReviewA psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quirky mystery in the vein of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files an...

  • Spellman Six synopsis, comments

    Spellman Six

    Lisa Lutz

    "The Last Word is Raymond Chandler meets Arrested Development. Zany, witty, and full of dark surprises, Lisa Lutz's novel is pure funand Izzy Spellman, PI, tops the list of 'Fictio...

  • Trail of the Spellmans synopsis, comments

    Trail of the Spellmans

    Lisa Lutz

    The fifth in the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, Edgar Awardnominated series about a fearless private investigator Izzy Spellman and her quirky, yet endearing, fa...

  • The Accomplice synopsis, comments

    The Accomplice

    Lisa Lutz

    Everyone has the same questions about best friends Owen and Luna: What binds them together so tightly? Why weren’t they ever a couple? And why do people around them keep turning up...

  • The Swallows synopsis, comments

    The Swallows

    Lisa Lutz

    A teacher at a New England prep school ignites a gender warwith deadly consequencesin this dark and provocative novel by the bestselling author of The Passenger “Riveting...

  • Revenge of the Spellmans synopsis, comments

    Revenge of the Spellmans

    Lisa Lutz

    YOU THOUGHT YOUR LIFE WAS COMPLICATED Private investigator Isabel Spellman is back on the case and back on the couch in courtordered therapy after getting a little too close t...

  • The Perfect Stranger synopsis, comments

    The Perfect Stranger

    Megan Miranda

    From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Missing Girlsthe gripping story of a journalist who sets out to find her missing friend, a friend who may never have existe...

  • Curse of the Spellmans synopsis, comments

    Curse of the Spellmans

    Lisa Lutz

    In this sidesplittingly funny followup to the New York Times bestselling The Spellman Files, San Francisco’s own highly functioning yet supremely dysfunctional family of private in...

  • A Breath After Drowning synopsis, comments

    A Breath After Drowning

    Alice Blanchard

    The stunning psychological thriller from the awardwinning author of the acclaimed Trace of Evil, Darkness Peering and The Breathtaker.She'll need all her wits about her, and then s...

  • The Final Child synopsis, comments

    The Final Child

    Fran Dorricott

    A stunning psychological thriller from the author of After the Eclipse, for readers of Ruth Ware and S.K. Tremeyne.He won’t forget her... Erin and her brother Alex were the la...

  • After the Eclipse synopsis, comments

    After the Eclipse

    Fran Dorricott

    A “suspenseful debut” psychological thriller about loss, sisterhood, and the evil that men dofor readers of Ruth Ware and S.K. Tremeyne (Wall Street Journal). “A debut novel, wri...