Lisa Slabach

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Lisa Slabach resides in Northern California with her husband and has two daughters who are both in school studying film. She received their undergraduate degree in Dramatic Art from Whitman College and Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University. She accumulated over thirty professional credits as an actress, costume designer and director before transitioning to corporate life. She currently works as a sales leader in the financial industry and is the owner of Olivarez Media, Inc., an online bookstore.

During a period of particularly grueling back-to-back travel, she got the inspiration to write Degrees of Love. The idea for the story came to her one day while she watched women jetting through LAX. That night she had dinner by herself in a Marriott hotel lounge and spent most of the time observing the other business travelers. They were easy to recognize. Some brought a book and sat alone, while others saddled up to the bar in hopes of conversation. She left the lounge, went to her room and started to write. She hasn’t stopped.

In her free time, Lisa can usually be found treasure hunting for rare and out of print books, enjoying movies with her family, or cooking in her 1950s era pink kitchen. She believes a glass or two of wine every night may not be the secret to a happy life, but it doesn’t hurt!



BY Lisa Slabach

A realistic, engaging portrayal of love, marriage and second chances.

Susan Sinclair, a devoted mother and wife, works full time while raising two young boys. That’s hard enough, but trying to get any sort of reaction out of her introverted, overly reserved husband, Matt, seems to get more difficult with each passing day. Originally, vivacious and outgoing Susan had fallen in love with Matt’s nerdish charm and his comfortable, quiet demeanor. However, once they married, things quickly changed. Susan had to give up everything she loved, including acting and living in New York City, to settle for the quiet sameness of the Silicon Valley, senior vice presidency at a tech company, sweater sets and motherhood. With the days feeling like a weight on her chest, Susan finds herself contemplating how such a full life could feel so empty. Confusing things even more are her growing feelings for her new boss, Reese Kirkpatrick. From their first meeting, the two share an incredible chemistry, and in no time they forge a deeper connection than either of them has ever known. Now Susan must decide if the safety and stability of her loveless but enduring marriage is worth risking for one chance at passionate, soul-completing true love. Not the typical bored housewife or woman in a midlife crisis, Susan is a focused, proud, accomplished woman who seemingly has it all. Living in a sort of blissful ignorance, she accepts her husband’s reserved and often judgmental demeanor, which, after a while, almost borders on emotional abuse. While Matt feels emasculated by the strength of his wife, he never misses an opportunity to passively take her down a notch, whether it’s about her job, excluding her from outings he takes with the boys, or in the bedroom, where his selfish, pedantic sexual efforts would vex any normal woman. Through Susan, Slabach crafts a relatable, heartbreakingly real story that will no doubt resonate with those at a similar station in life: women who love their families yet yearn for just a little more—to feel wanted rather than needed, to feel passion rather than complacency. In engaging prose and through skillful storytelling, Slabach captivates with an all-too-familiar story that raises questions with no easy answers.

An engaging story that shines an honest light on what it means to be truly happy.

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Publisher: Dog Ear Publisher

Review Posted Online: May 16, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2014

Awards, Press & Interests


Sunnyside, Washington

Favorite author

Somerset Maugham

Day job

President of Olivarez Media, Inc.

Favorite line from a book

I cannot live without my life. I cannot live without my soul.

Passion in life

good food and good wine


DEGREES OF LOVE: Named to <i>Kirkus Reviews'</i> Best Books, 2014