Author & Educational Consultant
"Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch. Deal ye one with another with the utmost love and harmony, with friendliness and fellowship." - Bahá’u’lláh
About the Author
I like to think I was born and raised in two Americas as my life has been split between the two continents and my work profoundly influenced by both. I was born in New York City, brought up in New Jersey, and went to a private high school and college in the northeast. Marriage to a Colombian man led me to a whole new world. I lived 21 years in Colombia, South America where I had my son and daughter and launched my thirty-year career in international education and school administration.
While there, I had the opportunity to serve an indigenous community- the Wayuu in the Guajira region and make many friendships with rural and indigenous people who inspired me with the wisdom of those who live close to nature and to God. They approach life as a spiritual journey. In my own journey, I have been guided by the spiritual teachings of the Baha’i Faith which continually inspire me in the path of my path of learning, transformation and connection, and service in bonds of love with others.
After leaving Colombia, I worked for two years in Guatemala, and in my last post before retirement serving eighteen years as the Executive Director of School of the Nations in Brasilia, Brazil.
Now blessed with four precious grandchildren and time to dive into a deep personal passion: writing! I am writing poems and working on the sequel to my fantasy debut novel: Laela and the Moonline.
Bestselling author Lisa Perskie talks about her book ‘Laela and the Moonline’
Laela and the Moonline
“Surprises unfold in the predictable. . . . You can never fully foresee the foreseen.”
Long ago, the four tribes of Aerizon lived as one people, but the time of unity has passed. Now, three of the tribes collectively called the Treedles inhabit the forest canopy. The fourth tribe, the Mergons, live on the ground and pose a constant threat to the Treedles. Laela is a young Treedle girl coming of age in the treetop realm of Aerizon. Her destiny, as yet unrevealed, will cast her in the role of catalyst for epic change.
“A teenager seeks adventure and transcendence in this YA fantasy debut.
Laela is a Treedle who lives in the elevated canopy world of Aerizon. She's about to transition from girlhood to womanhood, and in the Pyuva clan, that means a life focused on the home and child rearing. But Laela yearns to continue hunting and exploring the wider realm, activities reserved for boys and men. Complicating her feelings is an attraction to her handsome and popular Pyuva classmate Vito. . . . Perskie delivers a lushly crafted tale that embraces the chosen one trope in unexpected ways. Laela will earn her place in readers' hearts with her relatable bristling at Treedle conformity. . . . The details about Treedle culture—including Laela's stay in the Enclosure during her transition—make the hero's transgressions later in the narrative all the more astonishing...” — Kirkus Reviews