Lissa was first inspired to consider a career in writing when she was in high school. Her English teacher recognized Lissa’s gift for storytelling and encouraged her love of writing. She has six nieces and nephews whom she adores and a beloved cat who is her baby. Lissa loves the color purple and chai tea and writes poetry under the pen name Bella Sterling.
Under the name Melissa Simmons, she has written one short story with friend and fellow author, Allana Kephart, for the Dare to Shine Charity Anthology. She wrote another short story under the same name for the Best Thing I Never Had Charity Anthology. As Lissa Lynn Thomas, she has short stories in several charity anthologies. Lissa’s debut solo novel, Renegade Heart, released in the winter of 2019. Renegade Heart is the first book in the Renegades series. Her political thriller love story, Ricochet is set to release on December 27, 2020. As Lissa Lynn Thomas, with Helena Novak, she is one half of A.L. Shea. Chasing Sunshine, their romantic suspense novel released in November 2019.