Lisa Smedman got her start in the gaming industry in 1987 as a freelancer for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. She went on to create dozens of adventures and supplements for that game (primarily for its Ravenloft and Dark Sun worlds), as well as for a host of other RPG companies. She did design work for West End Games’ Indianna Jones and Star Wars product lines, and co-authored a sourcebook on terrorism for the Millennium’s End game long before the events of 9/11.
Lisa also writes gaming tie-in novels. She has seventeen novels published to date, including nine AD&D Forgotten Realms novels (one of which made the New York Times bestseller’s list in 2004), and five Shadowrun novels.
In 2014, she was contracted to help create backstory and adventure seeds for Worldspinner, map making software for RPG games.
Lisa also writes history books, including two books on the history of Vancouver, and a young adult book on the history of the motorcycle. She has also had a number of short science fiction and fantasy stories published in various magazines and anthologies, and has had three of her one-plays produced locally in Vancouver.
Lisa was one of the founders of Adventures Unlimited magazine, which provided scenarios and tips for roleplaying games.
In addition to her design work, Lisa has worked as a journalist since 1984. She has a diploma in journalism and a degree in anthropology.