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We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. ~ Anais Nin

Welcome to Lisa Montanaro Writes… The natural place to spark creativity, including writing, reading, and story telling. This is my creative playground! So glad you are joining me.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea (or even better, a glass of vino!) and poke around.
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Pass the site onto others. Interact, comment, and stay awhile. I’m so happy that you’re here with me on this creative journey.

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About Lisa


With a foot on each coast, I am part no-nonsense Italian American New Yorker and part sunny Californian — with a life long love affair and proficiency of the written word. Read more…



My first book, “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” was published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. Read more…

Book Reviews

Book Reviews

I love to read and share my thoughts on all types of genres. Take a peek at what I’ve been reading. Read more…



They call me a “Pint-sized Powerhouse!” I have the stage presence of a performer, the brains of a lawyer, and the heart of a teacher of the deaf ~ all wrapped up into one to deliver a productive, purposeful and passionate presentation! Read more…

Recent Blog Posts

1001, 2018

Best Books of 2017: Recapping a Fantastic Year of Reading

By | January 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

2017 was a great year of reading! I set my Goodreads Challenge goal to 52 books, but managed to read 71 books in total. And I loved every minute of it! It is always so [...]

1511, 2017

Fan Girl Moment: Honored to Be Included in the Acknowledgments of a Writer Friend’s Upcoming Book!

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: Reading, Writing Community|Tags: , |0 Comments

Happiness is finding out that you have been given a shout out by one of your favorite authors who has become a writer friend that you had the pleasure of spending time with in person [...]

811, 2017

Seeking Craft at the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat & Finding My Writing Tribe

By | November 8th, 2017|Categories: Writer Conferences, Writer Retreats, Writing, Writing Community, Writing Craft|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Finding my Tribe On September 20th, I made my way from Northern California to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend my first Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) Retreat. I was eager to learn more craft and [...]

511, 2017

The Contagious Nature of Gratitude: Changing My (and Others’) Mindset About Something I Dislike

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Gratitude|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Many of us have heard that when you express gratitude, it helps you overcome negativity, fear, and puts you in a positive mindset. Indeed, there are many studies that prove that if you keep a [...]

1909, 2017

The Diary of Anne Frank: The Book That Influenced My Reading, Writing, and Life as a Young Girl

By | September 19th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|4 Comments

The books we first pick up and read can have a profound effect on us -- as readers, writers, and people. For me that book is The Diary of Anne Frank. I always loved to [...]