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Faculty and Staff Research Series Presents a Book Talk with Lisa Shapiro

“Getting Past the Hurdles: Write the Book!"


September 04, 2023

What: Book Talk: “Getting Past the Hurdles: Write the Book!" Lisa Shapiro (DAR) writing as Lisa M. Lucero
When: Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 4:15 pm
Where: Burling First Floor Lounge

The Libraries’ 2023/24 Faculty/Staff Research Series kicks off on Sept. 12 at 4:15 p.m. in Burling Lounge with Lisa Shapiro, administrative assistant — data and records, Development and Alumni Relations, writing under the pen name Lisa M. Lucero. Lisa will read excerpts from her novel, The Death Firm, and talk about how she began writing and what inspires and motivates her to continue. She will also talk about what got her started writing, her experience as both a journalist and a novelist, and how she makes writing not only enjoyable but habitual.  Refreshments will be provided.

Lisa M. Lucero Book Signing at Bookends

Lisa Lucero grew up in McPherson, Kansas. She graduated from McPherson High School and Fort Hays State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in communications. She also attended Hutchinson Community College, where she majored in journalism.
She is married to Jeremy Shapiro and has a son. She currently resides in Newton, Iowa.
During her spare time, she loves to travel, read, listen to music, and spend time with her family.

Lucero is currently employed at Grinnell College as an administrative assistant I- data and records. She recently published her third novel, "The Re-Creation of the Death Firm." Lucero is in the progress of writing her fourth novel.

Lisa M. Lucero Book Signing at Bookends


Fri Dec 09 2022 at 03:00 pm to 05:00 pm



Bookends | Hutchinson, KS

The Death Firm by Lisa Shapiro

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A military experiment gone wrong has the people of Arizona running for their lives. A team of scientists create an army of Death Firms that will be used for combat and to protect the U.S. border. Regrettably, the scientists underestimated the power of the Death Firm, which manage to escape the military compound eating any living thing along the way. It is up to one man in Tucson to study the Death Firms behavioral patterns and what makes them tick to help the military come up with a solution for killing them. The Death Firm is a spine-tingling, science fiction action thriller that will draw in readers with its twists and blood-curdling scenes. Once the Death Firm breaks loose, frightening discoveries will be made and lives will be put in jeopardy. When the military holds a meeting to recruit civilian volunteers to fight the Death Firm, people sat in silence. One man sprang from his chair as if he sat on a tack. “What can we do to help?”

Targeted Age Group:: Adult

The best spellbinding, thrilling, and even creepy tales of mystery and suspense

By Lisa M. Lucero

Who am I?


I'm a former journalist who has written for several newspapers in Kansas and Texas. Ever since I was young, I had an incredible imagination, a love for storytelling, and an adventurous spirit. I started writing my first novel Waves Crashing, a suspense romance, when I was a senior at McPherson High School; then I worked on it some in college, and it was published in 2019. I'm also the author of the science fiction novels The Death Firm and The Re-Creation of the Death Firm. I'm currently working at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, as an administrative assistant in data and records. I plan on starting to write my fourth novel in 2023. 

I wrote...

Waves Crashing

By Lisa M. Lucero


What is my book about?


Waves Crashing is a suspense romance novel about a mysterious gentleman with a dark past and a beautiful, successful oceanographer that will cross paths in the city of Portland, Maine. Their relationship will take a turn for the worse after oceanographer Corona Bowser discovers the broodingly handsome Andrew Harkins' evil secret. Her life is at stake when Andrew reveals his true nature to her and threatens to kill her. Andrew escapes the police and is on the run. Corona has to lay low for a while until Andrew is captured. She meets Andrew's brother who at first doesn't believe her story, then later finds himself fond of Corona. Corona isn't sure she can trust him.

Former Sentinel reporter publishes third novel

September 10, 2022

in News

By Brenna Eller
McPherson Sentinel

NEWTON, IOWA — McPherson native and author Lisa M. Lucero recently published her third novel, The Re-Creation of the Death Firm, a science fiction novel that is the sequel to her second book titled, The Death Firm.

Lucero decided to write a sequel to further develop the main character of The Death Firm series, Winter Harris and introduce a new character, Dr. Fritz Camargo. She wanted to delve into Dr. Camargo’s motive behind creating the failed military experiments, the Death Firms (Destructive Experiment Animal-instincts Transformational Hybrid) (Fighting Intelligent Robotic Man-eaters).

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Interview with Author – Lisa M. Lucero

Author Bio:
I am the author of the suspense romance “Waves Crashing” and Sci-Fi thriller “The Death Firm.” I am currently working on the sequel to “The Death Firm” entitled “The Re-creation of the Death Firm.” I have worked for several newspapers in Kansas and Texas. I also was a freelance writer for the University of Houston-Victoria and Grinnell College. I currently am a Data and Records Assistant at Grinnell College. I graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.

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Meet Lisa M. Lucero, author of The Death Firm

What inspires you to write?

I have a very curious and imaginative mind that runs on overdrive. Therefore, I have so many ideas and thoughts that it is hard to verbally express them. 

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Newton author releases second novel 'The Death Firm'

After working on her first novel for several years, Newton author Lisa M. Lucero took no time at all jumping into her second piece. 

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Newton author releases second novel 'The Death Firm'

After working on her first novel for several years, Newton author Lisa M. Lucero took no time at all jumping into her second piece. 

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Mac High grad publishes first novel

Lisa Lucero credits several McPherson teachers for their encouragement to keep writing — a hobby that turned into a career and, now, her first novel.

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Newton woman publishes first novel


Author Lisa M. Lucero has been working on her novel for years, and it's a big relief she finally has her book published.

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Interview with Lisa M. Lucero


Where are you from originally and where do you reside now?

I am originally from McPherson, Kansas. I currently reside in Newton, Iowa.

If you currently reside somewhere besides where you were born, what’s the story that lead from there to here?

Well, I have lived in several places since I had grown up in McPherson. I left McPherson to go to Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. I also lived in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Indiana, and Texas. I lived wherever my husband and I got jobs. My husband got a job at Grinnell College, so that is why we live in Newton, Iowa.


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