Author Lisi Harrison was born in Toronto, Canada on July 29, 1970. She majored in film at McGill University in Montreal for two years before transferring to Emerson College in Boston, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. After graduation, she moved to New York City to work for MTV and stayed there for 12 years. She started out in a casting job on a game show called Lip Service and worked her way up to Head Writer and then Senior Director of Development. She created and developed new shows like One Bad Trip and Room Raiders for the network while Senior Director of Development. She wrote the first two books of the Clique Series while still working at MTV. She became a full-time author in June 2004.