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Lisa Sharkey is the Senior Vice President and Director of Creative Development for HarperCollins
HarperCollins is a publishing company owned by News Corporation. It is the combination of the publishers William Collins, Sons and Co Ltd, a British company, and Harper & Row, an American company, itself the result of an earlier merger of Harper & Brothers and Row, Peterson & Company. The worldwide...

 Publishers Worldwide, one of the world's leading English-language publishers and a subsidiary of News Corporation
News Corporation
News Corporation or News Corp. is an American multinational media conglomerate. It is the world's second-largest media conglomerate as of 2011 in terms of revenue, and the world's third largest in entertainment as of 2009, although the BBC remains the world's largest broadcaster...

. She joined the company in March 2007 after more than two decades in television.


As the Director of Creative Development at HarperCollins, Sharkey has overseen the acquisition of the following books:
  • Amy, My Daughter- In this intimate account of Amy Winehouse
    Amy Winehouse
    Amy Jade Winehouse was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. Winehouse's 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize...

    's life, music, and untimely death, her father Mitch Winehouse gives readers full access to his daughter’s private life in the midst of her immensely public triumphs and tragedies. Even as her life is suddenly transformed with the explosion of Back to Black
    Back to Black
    Back to Black is the second studio album by English recording artist Amy Winehouse, released on 27 October 2006 by Island Records. It is the last album released in her lifetime. The album incorporates 1960s soul music styles and modern R&B production, with subjective lyrics that concern...

    --now named the UK's bestselling album of the decade--dark undercurrents run through her private life, including struggles with drugs, alcohol, self-harm, eating disorders, and a turbulent love life. The book includes dramatic scenes from the final month of Amy’s life and the aftermath of her death. Mitch’s reflections on his daughter’s life and legacy are filled with both compassion and insight. Amy, My Daughter will be published in the summer of 2012.

  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony- Jeff Ashton, leader of the prosecution team in the sensational Casey Anthony trial, gives his insider account of the investigation, the trial, and the acquittal that shocked the nation. With behind the scenes information, including the explosive details that have never been made public, Ashton details what the prosecution got right, what they got wrong, and why he remains completely convinced of Casey Anthony’s guilt.
  • A currently untitled memoir by rock icon Gregg Allman
    Gregg Allman
    Gregory Lenoir Allman , known as Gregg Allman, is a rock and blues singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter, and a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band. He was inducted with the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia...

     of The Allman Brothers Band
    The Allman Brothers Band
    The Allman Brothers Band is an American rock/blues band once based in Macon, Georgia. The band was formed in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1969 by brothers Duane Allman and Gregg Allman , who were supported by Dickey Betts , Berry Oakley , Butch Trucks , and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe"...

    , to be published in March 2012. For the first time, Allman will tell the story of his career in his own words, opening up about his long struggle with substance abuse, the tragic death of his brother, and life in one of rock music’s most legendary bands.
  • Dollhouse - the upcoming debut novel by the Kardashian sisters, Kim Kardashian
    Kim Kardashian
    Kimberly Noel "Kim" Kardashian is an American socialite, television personality, model, actress and businesswoman. She is known for the E! reality series that she shares with her family—Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and its spin-offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York...

    , Khloé Kardashian
    Khloe Kardashian
    Khloé Kardashian Odom is an American businesswoman, television personality, radio host, socialite, and model...

    , and Kourtney Kardashian
    Kourtney Kardashian
    Kourtney Mary Kardashian is an American businesswoman, socialite, model, actress and reality television personality who gained fame as a cast member of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, and Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami.She is the oldest child of Kris Jenner and...

    , stars of E!
    E! Entertainment Television is an American basic cable and satellite television network, owned by NBCUniversal. It features entertainment-related programming, reality television, feature films and occasionally series and specials unrelated to the entertainment industry.E! has an audience reach of...

    's hit reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians
    Keeping Up with the Kardashians is an American reality television series that airs on E!. The series premiered in October 2007. It focuses on the personal and professional lives of the members of the Kardashian and Jenner family. There will be a 7th Season to premiere in 2012.As of September 2011,...

    . The sisters will use the crazy stories, gossip, and drama from their own lives as the inspiration for this fictional account of what it really takes to be a Hollywood "It Girl"
  • How I Got This Way - a new memoir by bestselling author Regis Philbin
    Regis Philbin
    Regis Francis Xavier Philbin is an American media personality, actor and singer, known for hosting talk and game shows since the 1960s. Philbin is often called "the hardest working man in show business" and holds the Guinness World Record for the most time spent in front of a television camera...

     in which the beloved TV icon shares the secrets to success and happiness as he has learned them from his innumerable celebrity encounters, friendships, and of course, from his relationship with his loving wife and family.
  • How to Love an American Man - Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    Elizabeth M. Gilbert is an American author, essayist, short story writer, biographer, novelist and memoirist. She is best known for her 2006 memoirs, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010, has spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was also made into a film by the same...

    's Eat, Pray, Love will be drawn to this endearing, poignant, and unforgettable memoir of love, self-discovery, and enduring, old-fashioned values as debut author Kristine Gasbarre shares lessons on life and love learned from her grandmother when she ends up moving back home to small town Pennsylvania after her beloved grandfather's death.
  • Through My Eyes - the inspiring memoir by Tim Tebow
    Tim Tebow
    Timothy Richard "Tim" Tebow is an American football player who is currently the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League . He was drafted by the Broncos as the 25th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft...

    , former University of Florida
    University of Florida
    The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university located on a campus in Gainesville, Florida. The university traces its historical origins to 1853, and has operated continuously on its present Gainesville campus since September 1906...

     star quarterback and 2010 first-round draft pick for the Denver Broncos
    Denver Broncos
    The Denver Broncos are a professional American football team based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently members of the West Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League...

    . A devout Christian, Tebow tells the story of his faith, his life, and his career in football, giving fans a first look into the heart of an athlete whose talent and devotion have made him one of the most provocative figures in the sport. New York Times Bestseller
  • The EveryGirl's Guide to Life - Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos
    Maria Menounos is a Greek-American actress, journalist, and television presenter known in America for her appearances as a correspondent for Today, Access Hollywood, Extra, and abroad for co-hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece.-Early life and beauty pageants:Menounos, a...

    , host of Access Hollywood
    Access Hollywood
    Access Hollywood is a weekday television entertainment news program covering events and celebrities in the entertainment industry. It was created by former Entertainment Tonight executive producer Jim Van Messel, and is currently directed by Robert Silverstein. In previous years, Doug Dougherty and...

     and a young star in both the entertainment world and news industry, shares her experiences and practical tips that every girl, famous or not famous, wealthy or not wealthy, can use to achieve a more successful, prosperous and healthy appearance and, most importantly, a more successful, prosperous and healthy life. New York Times Bestseller
  • All My Life, a memoir by Susan Lucci
    Susan Lucci
    Susan Victoria Lucci is an American actress and entrepreneur, best known for portraying Erica Kane on the daytime drama All My Children. The character is considered an icon, and Lucci has been called "Daytime's Leading Lady" by TV Guide, with New York Times and Los Angeles Times citing her as the...

     - As the most famous face in daytime television history, Susan Lucci has held audiences spellbound for years as Erica Kane on ABC-TV’s All My Children
    All My Children
    All My Children is an American television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 5, 1970 to September 23, 2011. Created by Agnes Nixon, All My Children is set in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, a fictitious suburb of Philadelphia. The show features Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, one of daytime's most...

    —the sexy, sassy, beautiful “woman you love to hate.” Now, in her long awaited autobiography, she will, no doubt, hold readers captive as the sexy, sassy, beautiful “woman you love to love.” New York Times Bestseller
  • Red - the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir by Sammy Hagar
    Sammy Hagar
    Sam Roy "Sammy" Hagar , also known as The Red Rocker, is an American rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Also sings Country Music....

    . Hagar, one of rock music’s most successful and notorious singers, tells the story of his life in music—from his raucous solo career to his to his decade-long journey as lead singer for Van Halen and everything in between.

  • The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
    The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
    The Dressmaker of Khair Khana is a book by author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, published in March 2011 by HarperCollins. It documents the story of Kamila Sidiqi, a young female entrepreneur working during the years of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, a time when the rights of women were severely restricted...

     - the riveting, true life story of a fearless young entrepreneur who brought hope to the lives of dozens of women in war-torn Afghanistan, written by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a former reporter for ABC News
    ABC News
    ABC News is the news gathering and broadcasting division of American broadcast television network ABC, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company...

  • Harmony - In HARMONY, the Prince of Wales
    Charles, Prince of Wales
    Prince Charles, Prince of Wales is the heir apparent and eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Since 1958 his major title has been His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. In Scotland he is additionally known as The Duke of Rothesay...

     describes his views on climate change for the first time, presenting a compelling case that the solution to this problem lies in our ability to regain our balance with nature. There is also a children's book version, similarly titled HARMONY.
  • True Whit - Star of MTV’s hit show The City, Whitney Port
    Whitney Port
    Whitney Eve Port is an American television personality, clothing designer, and author. She is known for being one of the main cast members on the former MTV reality series The Hills...

     shares her own personal stories and secrets on fashion, beauty, guys and making it in the big city with style in a guide for girls complete with behind-the-scene photos from her life off-camera.
  • Between a Heart and a Rock Place - Pat Benatar
    Pat Benatar
    Pat Benatar is an American singer and four-time Grammy winner. She had considerable commercial success particularly in the United States...

    , one of the greatest female rock stars of all time unleashes the true story of her life, rock n roll, and how her generation changed the face of music forever. New York Times Bestseller
  • The 100 Thing Challenge - a book that is not only the story of how one ordinary man, Dave Bruno, started a movement to unhook himself from consumerism by winnowing his life’s possessions down to 100 things in one year, it’s also an inspiring, invigorating look at how we all can begin to live simpler, more meaningful lives.
  • L.A. Candy - the debut novel by Lauren Conrad
    Lauren Conrad
    Lauren Katherine Conrad is an American television personality, celebutante, and fashion designer. She came to prominence with her starring roles on the MTV reality series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and its spin-off series, The Hills, which at one point followed her personal and...

    , star of MTV’s #1 show, The Hills
    The Hills
    The Hills is a reality television series which originally aired on MTV from May 31, 2006 until July 13, 2010. The show uses a reality television format, following the personal lives of several young adults living in Los Angeles, California, but tends towards a narrative format more commonly found...

    , is the first in an exciting new series that offers a scandalous peek into the life of a reality TV star, dishing Hollywood gossip and drama at every turn. #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Messages - a collection of true stories about the spiritual and paranormal experiences of those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001, told by the wife of a 9/11 victim. New York Times Bestseller
  • Newspaper Blackout - Newspaper article + sharpie = Newspaper Blackout Poetry: Instead of starting with a blank page, poet Austin Kleon grabs a newspaper and a permanent marker and eliminates the words he doesn’t need.
  • The 10 Things You Need To Eat - a hip, straightforward and appealing guide for understanding and incorporating the 10 most healthy foods into your diet by New York Times health columnist Anahad O’Connor and Food Network chef Dave Lieberman. New York Times Bestseller
  • Notes Left Behind - the heartbreaking and true story of young Elena Desserich’s battle with brain cancer, told through the eyes of the parents who survived her and whose mission it has become to share their daughter’s inspiring message and to remind other parents to cherish the moments they have with their own children. New York Times Bestseller
  • Out of Captivity - Surviving 1967 Days in the Colombian Jungle, as told by three men held captive for five years by Colombian guerrilla fighters. New York Times Bestseller
  • Stolen Innocence
    Stolen Innocence
    Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs is an autobiography by Elissa Wall detailing her childhood in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and subsequent later life outside of the church...

    - the shocking, timely, and inspirational memoir of Elissa Wall, the former member of the FLDS polygamist sect whose powerful courtroom testimony helped convict controversial sect leader Warren Jeffs
    Warren Jeffs
    Warren Steed Jeffs was the president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints . In 2011, Jeffs was convicted of two felony counts of child sexual assault....

     in September 2007. New York Times Bestseller
  • Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope - an inspiring and eye-opening collection of letters from targets of bullies, bullies themselves and those who have witnessed the effects of bullying all sent as part of a letter writing campaign to lift the spirits of a bullied girl, Olivia.
  • Here's the Story - an autobiography by actress Maureen McCormick
    Maureen McCormick
    Maureen Denise McCormick is an American actress, celebrity and recording artist. She is most widely known as a child actress who played Marcia Brady in the television series The Brady Bunch from 1969 to 1974.- Early life and career :...

     which offers insight into the Brady Bunch star’s personal and professional struggles. New York Times Bestseller
  • Pet Food Nation - an up-to-date manual for dog and cat owners on the most nutritionally sound way to feed their pets—without relying on commercially-made pet food—and thus better protecting the pets’ health from potentially dangerous consequences in an unregulated industry.

  • Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith
    Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith
    Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith is an autobiography written by Beth Holloway about her missing daughter Natalee Holloway, with portions contributed by Sunny Tillman...

     by Beth Holloway
    Beth Holloway
    Elizabeth Ann Reynolds "Beth" Holloway, also previously known as Beth Twitty, is an American speech pathologist and motivational speaker. Holloway specializes in teaching special needs children in public schools...

     the mother of Natalee Holloway
    Natalee Holloway
    Natalee Ann Holloway disappeared on May 30, 2005, during a high school graduation trip to Aruba, a Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. An American student from Mountain Brook, Alabama, Holloway graduated from Mountain Brook High School on May 24, 2005, shortly before the trip...

    , an 18-year-old student who disappeared on May 30, 2005 during a high school senior class trip to Aruba, which tells the story of her search for her missing daughter, which continues to this day, and her undying grasp of her deep faith in a higher power. New York Times Bestseller
  • The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President - an engaging and readable guide, by Mark Halperin of ABC News and Time magazine, to the issues and debates facing the undecided voter in the 2008 national election.


From 2000 to 2005 Sharkey was Senior Producer for ABC
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. Its first broadcast on television was in 1948...

's Good Morning America
Good Morning America
Good Morning America is an American morning news and talk show that is broadcast on the ABC television network; it debuted on November 3, 1975. The weekday program airs for two hours; a third hour aired between 2007 and 2008 exclusively on ABC News Now...

 where she oversaw GMA's on-air contributors and produced the second hour of the show. She ran the GMA medical unit, the financial news unit, headed up the consumer investigative team, the parenting unit, the home improvement and safety areas, and created and implemented multiple magazine partnerships. Sharkey also seniorproduced GMA's Weddings as well as many other sweeps specials and big television events for the show.

Prior to working at GMA, Lisa was a Senior Producer at Inside Edition
Inside Edition
Inside Edition is a thirty-minute American television syndicated news program, first aired on CBS on October 9, 1988. It was originally similar to the programs Hard Copy and A Current Affair, but now more closely resembles a condensed version of breakfast television, exclusively with pre-recorded...

 where she oversaw coverage of stories such as the exclusives with Paula Jones
Paula Jones
Paula Corbin Jones is a former Arkansas state employee who sued U.S. President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. The lawsuit was dismissed before trial on the grounds that Jones failed to demonstrate any damages...

 and Mary Kay Letourneau
Mary Kay Letourneau
Mary Kay Fualaau , formerly known as Mary Kay Letourneau, is an American schoolteacher who was imprisoned from 1997 to 2004 for having sexual intercourse with her 13-year-old student, Vili Fualaau. She gave birth to two of Fualaau's children while incarcerated...

. Sharkey has also written for news programs at CBS News
CBS News
CBS News is the news division of American television and radio network CBS. The current chairman is Jeff Fager who is also the executive producer of 60 Minutes, while the current president of CBS News is David Rhodes. CBS News' flagship program is the CBS Evening News, hosted by the network's main...

, line produced and senior produced the news at WCBS
WCBS-TV, channel 2, is the flagship station of the CBS television network, located in New York City. The station's studios are located within the CBS Broadcast Center and its transmitter is atop the Empire State Building, both in Midtown Manhattan....

WNYW, virtual channel 5 , is the flagship television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in New York City. The station's transmitter is atop the Empire State Building and its studio facilities are located in the Yorkville section of Manhattan...

WPIX, channel 11, is a television station in New York City built, signed on, and owned by the Tribune Company. WPIX also serves as the flagship station of The CW Television Network...

,and KETC
KETC is the Public Broadcasting Service member Public television station in St. Louis, Missouri. Owned by St. Louis Regional Public Media, the call letters KETC represent the St. Louis Educational Television Comission, the former name of the organization responsible for bringing public television...


Lisa has been honored by a Peabody Award and a DuPont Award for her work at ABC covering the events surrounding September 11. She has also written for Redbook
Redbook is an American women's magazine published by the Hearst Corporation. It is one of the "Seven Sisters", a group of women's service magazines.-History:...

 and Child
Biologically, a child is generally a human between the stages of birth and puberty. Some vernacular definitions of a child include the fetus, as being an unborn child. The legal definition of "child" generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority...


A two-time Emmy Award
Emmy Award
An Emmy Award, often referred to simply as the Emmy, is a television production award, similar in nature to the Peabody Awards but more focused on entertainment, and is considered the television equivalent to the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards .A majority of Emmys are presented in various...

 winner and ten-time Emmy nominee, Sharkey was the President of Al Roker
Al Roker
Albert Lincoln "Al" Roker, Jr. is an American television meteorologist as well as an actor and book author. He is best known as being the weather anchor on NBC's Today. On Monday, July 20, 2009, he began co-hosting his new morning show, Wake Up with Al, on The Weather Channel, which airs weekdays...

 Entertainment in New York City from 2005 to 2007. Projects there included: Executive Producer: "Profiles in Courage: A Kennedy Legacy" for NBC, Executive Producer: "The Quill Book Awards" 2005, 2006 for NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

, Executive Producer: "Al Roker Investigates: Innocence for Sale" and "Al Roker Investigates Meth,Murder and Madness" for Court TV
Court TV
truTV is an American cable television network owned by Turner Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Time Warner. The network launched as Court TV in 1991, changing to truTV in 2008...

 as well as "Honor Deferred" for the History Channel, "Uncovered: The Hidden Lives of Miss USA" for E!, and "Childhood Obesity: The Danger Zone" which aired on The Food Network.

Personal life

Lisa and her husband, architect Paul Gleicher, have just completed one of the country's first total Eco Houses, a "green" brownstone on the Upper West Side, where they reside with their three children. Lisa and Paul have written a book on Green Homes. "Dreaming Green Eco Fabulous Homes Designed to Inspire" will be
published November 18, 2008 by Clarkson Potter. Sharkey holds a degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

External links

  • HarperCollins books Sharkey at Variety
    Variety (magazine)
    Variety is an American weekly entertainment-trade magazine founded in New York City, New York, in 1905 by Sime Silverman. With the rise of the importance of the motion-picture industry, Daily Variety, a daily edition based in Los Angeles, California, was founded by Silverman in 1933. In 1998, the...