Lisa's first published works were illustrated stories her grand-mother bound by hand into pasteboard fabric-covered books. A self-publishing pioneer before she'd reached third grade. After taking a thirty-year hiatus from fiction to raise a family, and a career in health care and retail, she returned to writing.
Her short story, "Curls of Gold," was awarded first place from the 2009-2010 Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation.
Kovanda is a 2011 alumni of Lew Hunter's Screenwriting Colony. Her Colony script, "Til Death Do Us Part," was named a Top 25 Feature Script in the 2012 Slamdance Film Festival. It was also awarded the Bronze Oregon Screenplay in the 2012 Oregon Film Festival, and was a finalist in the Omaha Film Festival.
Lisa is the current President of the Nebraska Writers Guild, Municipal Liaison for the Nebraska: Lincoln, and Nebraska: Else-where regions for National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo, and an active member of the Nebraska Writers Workshop, Local Muse, and a charter member of the Nebraska Film Association.
Lisa lives in Lincoln, where her canine companions and nine grandchildren occupy her spare time.
Remission Horror ⋄ Independent ⋄ Thriller A minister grapples with faith and hope after a plague wipes out most of humanity.
Lost in Oblivion Action ⋄ Drama ⋄ Independent A bankrupt technology CEO turned professional gambler wages more than he realizes when he joins a corrupt underground casino.
Send the Snowplow Comedy ⋄ Drama When a nurse whose marriage is on the rocks is stranded on Christmas eve in a snowstorm at a hospice facility with a handful of quirky terminal patients, assorted family members and a handsome co-worker who suggests making their relationship more than professional, she's forced to face her own sense of family and belonging while dealing with mounting crises.
Modified Flight Plan Drama The true story of a pilot who becomes a triple-amputee due to a life-threatening illness, and must overcome his limitations in order to reclaim his life.
Til Death Do Us Part Drama To escape her abusive police officer husband, an isolated nurse confronts the brotherhood of the badge and her own sense of right and wrong.
The Hunt Horror A conservative minister's perceptions of life and faith are challenged by a mysterious pagan healer who inadvertently summons a norse god bent on destruction.
Walk Me Home Drama A dyslexic seminary flunk-out wrestler becomes a cop after the woman he loved is murdered, and must forgive the killer and himself in order to reclaim his dignity.
Last Breath Drama After being stood up for a date, a troubled woman must cope with her emotional response.
Shivers Down Your Spine: Last Breath
Film by Deadlanern Films Screenwriter, casting
Ghost Stalkers Season One, Episode 6, Farrar
Television by Destination America Self
Lost In Oblivion
Film by Flipp it Productions/Craig Murray, Director Screenwriter
Dragonsclaw music video; Watching My Every Move
Video by Produced by Dustin Ferguson Actress
Film by Midnight Frights Screenwriter
Finalist Omaha Film Festival March 2013 Top 8 finalist for Feature-Length movie scripts for
Second Round (quarterfinalist) Selection Austin Film Festival November 2013 Modified Flight Plan, co-written with Brian Thomas, was selected as a quarterfinalist in the prestigious Austin Film festival, in the top 300, out of 8,700 entries.
Top 25 Feature-Length Script Slamdance Film Festival October 2012
Oregon Film Festival Bronze Award, Oregon Screenplay Oregon Film Festival November 2012 Bronze award for Oregon screenplays for
First Place Winner, Short Story Award Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation for