PRAISE for HEAT SIGNATURE:
"Poignant, affecting and true."
"[Lisa Teasley's] mastery of language and character makes Heat Signature rise above…into the realm of literature…[it] brims with juicy themesrace, violence, the weight of the past."
Miriam Wolf, San Francisco Chronicle
"With its keen ability to convey the way geography and interior life meld together in memory, Teasley’s writing easily transcends genre."
"Teasley transcends the mystery and thriller genres with her moody second novel populated by unusual but recognizable people living on the left coast of America...her novel [has] a dark, effective frame."
"Teasley poetically travels through the chambers of Sam's agonizing self-reflection when he takes a journey across the Left Coast's fluctuating landscape…Heat Signature is a contemporary odyssey full of intriguing and quirky personalities…Teasley's vivid language and multi-tiered storytelling capture a tortured man's exploration of justiceeven if his sense of retribution is limited."
Cherie Dennis, Time Out
"The anomie, moral instability of Teasley's characters is acutely conjured...and their stutter-step eloquence takes us along on a ride through the complex psychological debris of the past to an emotionally candid assaying of love and loss, one that suggests that, even now, beauty might lie ahead."
"Lisa Teasley is one of those rare authors of modern fiction who can tell stories, simply, letting her words stand in for all the intangibles that defy exegesis…It's a broad canvas, and Teasley fills it with good things. The book's gorgeous."
Brandon K. Thorp,
"Teasley's latest title easily enchants, gripping the reader throughout this young man's journey of release and discovery…Its depth and poignancy, along with a light touch of suspense, make this a read not to be missed."
Stephanie Padilla, New Mystery Reader
Heat Signature is one of the '45 Reasons to Stay Inside' on the Los Angeles Times Book Review, Summer Reading List, June 4, 2006.
"Teasley deftly guides [her characters']...to an emotionally fraught climax, guilelessly delineating [their] suffering through unadorned, unapologetic candor and fervor for redemption and justice."
Essence (A Patrik’s Pick for August issue)
Heat Signature is a New and Noteworthy book in Plenty magazine, August/September issue
Heat Signature is on Ms. magazine’s Summer Reading list, Summer issue 2006
PRAISE for DIVE:
"Teasley has a fine original
voice. She gets deep inside her character's heads but doesn't sacrifice plot in favor of psyche. Instead
she finds a balance between a compelling story, psychological insight and bold sexuality."
—Miriam Wolf, San Francisco Chronicle
of an earnestly tender love story onto an Elmore Leonard-ish tableau of killers, drifters and even a
porn star— turns out to be an affecting first novel... Teasley can write with a poet’s economy."
—Jeff Turrentine, New York Times Book Review
"An exquisitely observed tale of a love affair... But what makes the book so compelling isn't its eroticism, its hint of noir intrigue or the way its oddball side players, including a retired porn star, so doggedly defy our preconceptions, but the lightly worn profundity of the authors vision, the humanity of her characters and the delicate strands of fate with which she binds them together."
—Aaron Gell, W magazine
LA Weekly Literary Edition profile on Lisa Teasley by Joy Nicholson.
"Dive is an absorbing, romantic and suspenseful story."
"Teasley is a
young and burgeoning talent."
Los Angeles Times Weekend Calendar interview with Lisa Teasley appeared May 20, 2004.
Interview with LAIST.COM, September 6, 2005
"It is, without
a doubt, one of the best books of the year...Teasley has the breath and touch of a master poet with
the rhythm and tongue of a natural storyteller."
"Beautiful and lyrical novel
of grace...gripping...Highly recommended, this distinctive novel will resonate long after it's over."
—New Mystery Reader Magazine
"The characters are well
crafted...and the novel is a generally entertaining diversion that sustains its own mystery."
"Lisa Teasley writes like
the unchained love child of Norman Mailer and Nina Simone. Dive is a sexy, compelling ride through the
deeper wilds of the human psyche. This book takes risks other authors would balk at—and leaves the
reader gasping for more. An arresting, unsettling, and terrifically written debut."
"There is nothing all too predictable
in Teasley’s writing."
PRAISE for GLOW IN THE DARK:
the masters abound. Teasley’s engaging collection frequently captures the gut-wrenching street
smarts of Charles Bukowski, the minimalist urgency of Ernest Hemingway and Milan Kundera’s balance
between heavy and light."
—J. Mark Dudick, Anchorage Daily News
in a daring and original voice. Glow in the Dark is an unusually assured first story collection,
and Lisa Teasley deserves high praise for giving the American short story an honest and original shot in the arm."
—Jeff Galipeaux, San Francisco Chronicle
in prose both blunt and elliptical, the dozen tales form a gritty, unflinching yet
empathetic collage of lives on the precipice of contemporary America."
—Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
are an exotic blend of the neurotic and the noirishtense, hungry, dangerous folk of diverse
ethnicities who crave understanding and stimulation... Without embracing cynicism or denying the risks,
Teasley lights up the plunge into the abyss that can result from knowing people far too well."
—Greg Tate, Village Voice
Lisa Teasley’s appearance in Glamour Magazine’s hot, new author spread.
spare yet lively prose, Teasley's gripping narratives take on lives of their own, as her
characters succumb to their passions or battle their demons with a familiarity that's
—Karen Zuercher, SF Weekly
over with plain-spoken energy, gutsy observations and neo-beatnik flair."
Los Angeles Times Book Review
"This is a writer to watch."
—St Petersburg Times
all of its darkness, however, in each of these stories there is a sliver of light—not
a light at the end of the tunnel, but a self-made luminescence for which violence and
shadows are essential."
"Teasley's writing, caustic
and clear, describes this segment of society in simple but haunting language. A glowing success."
Lisa Teasley appears on the cover of the LA Weekly.
ill-slept nights in the arms of a succubus, these stories sometimes
flirtations by Lisa Teasley range from the darkly impressionistic to
the drunkenly surreal the page a canvas, on which she masterfully renders
edgy contemporary mindscapes."
stories in Glow in the Dark are daring, compelling and sexy."
characters in Lisa Teasley's stories have a complex psycho-tropic wiring
they teeter between insanity and control, hopeless romantics bent on destruction.
Each scenario entails a psychic wrestling match, often dangerous, other times
perfectly measured, but always on edge."
Teasley writes of the world, tearing into our soft white underbelly with a
sharp clear eye."
is something about Lisa Teasley's formidable storytelling that brings to mind
the verbal and visual juggernauts of a Zora Neale Hurston or a Quentin Tarantino,
the dark, righteous anger of the Beats, and the heavy metallic blues of Jimi
Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Be it race, sex, sexual orientation, love, hate,
or gross despair and confusion, it is evident that Teasley is a literary globe-trotter,
crossing cultural boundaries, ripping open bags (of mythologies and stereotypes),
and, like the best of our painters, sketching narratives which will circle
us long after we are done eyeballing these sheets of paper."
"...Like a hip, urban female version of Raymond Carver, Teasley's writing
is lush yet spare, and more than a little disturbing."
Teasley's engaging, economical stories fade in on characters whose passions
and obsessions have led them to precarious thresholds. Teasley delineates
these extremities of desire, guilt, and most of all human need
with a cool yet compassionate restraint. ...she never lets us feel we have
the upper hand, but draws us into the real time of her characters' troubled
lives. Her stories disturb, and stick with you."