Mini bio: Luisa Plaja was born in Glasgow, brought up in Sicily and London and now lives in Devon, England. Her novels for teenagers include Split by a Kiss and Kiss Date Love Hate, and her latest is Diary of a Mall Girl.
(Wondering about ‘Plaja’? The ‘j’ sounds like a ‘y’ and the name is pronounced like ‘plier’ in English, or the Spanish word ‘playa’, meaning ‘beach’. In fact, ‘plaja’ is a Sicilian word for ‘beach’.)
Luisa Plaja is a writer, editor and linguist. She runs book clubs and creative writing workshops in schools, libraries and online. She was the editor of the popular and long-running teen book site Chicklish.
Luisa grew up speaking English and Italian, sometimes at the same time. With a degree in Linguistics, she has a background in wordy jobs including dictionary editing, television subtitling and linguistic software development.
Luisa’s latest novels are Diary of a Mall Girl, published by Curious Fox, and Kiss Date Love Hate, published by Penguin Random House. She has also published books under more than one pen name. Her novels been translated and published in the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Finland and Norway, and they are available as audiobooks in English. She has also written non-fiction and books for reluctant readers, taken part in an interactive e-book project, and has contributed a short story to a YA anthology.
Born in Glasgow and brought up in Sicily and London, Luisa Plaja now lives in Devon, England. She has two teenagers, a boy and a girl.