Official, Mostly Serious, Bio
LISA BRIDEAU (‘bree-doe’) was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada in the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaw People. Her writing is inspired by the ridiculous quantities of science fiction she read during her formative years with a crust of CanLit layered on top.
She has a B.Eng in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University and an M.Sc in Urban Planning from the University of British Columbia and currently works as a sustainability specialist. When she takes breaks from trying to mitigate catastrophic climate change, she likes to write speculative fiction or practice her waltz. She lives in Vancouver, BC (the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples) with her partner and their herd of cats. She is most likely cuddling a cat right now.
ADRIFT is Lisa's debut novel.
I’m a writer, a sustainability policy nerd, a former aerospace engineer, and a few other things.
A bit of history, including a detour into space
It was a shock to most people when, at 18, I told them what I was going away to Carleton University to study. They expected journalism. The correct answer was aerospace engineering. I went off to Ottawa, got that degree, and then went to work on space stuff.
After a few years of working on NASA contracts (and writing on weekends), I headed to Vancouver, British Columbia, which was supposed to be just a temporary stopping point for more school. I got a graduate degree in something more earth-bound (urban planning) and settled into work and writing again.
I’m originally from Nova Scotia (unceded territory of the Mi'kmaw people), and random strangers on the street have, unprompted, told me I have an east coast accent. I still live in Vancouver (unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil Waututh Nations) with my partner of 20+ years and however many cats we can manage. We are fond of dancing at the imperial palace in Vienna when we get the chance and camping on mountains.
Random fun facts: I was a champion varsity foil fencer during my undergrad, I make my own soap, and if I didn't live in a tiny apartment I would definitely own a floor loom. I may still get a floor loom. (Update, I got a floor loom.)