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.
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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

3005, 2018

Where is This Supposed “Midlife Crisis?” Aging Into Confidence on the Back-Nine

By |May 30th, 2018|Categories: Adventures, Gratitude|Tags: , , |0 Comments

So I'm now at the age that most people would call Midlife. My husband jokingly calls it “the Back Nine,” referring to the last nine holes of an eighteen-hole golf course. I don’t play golf, [...]

2305, 2018

A Visit to the New American Writers Museum: An Inspiring Afternoon with the Written Word

By |May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Adventures, Reading, Writing, Writing Community|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Last fall, I had the absolute pleasure of visiting the new American Writers Museum in Chicago. The museum opened to the public in May 2017, and I visited in October 2017, only five months later. [...]

1001, 2018

Best Books of 2017: Recapping a Fantastic Year of Reading

By |January 10th, 2018|Categories: Book Reviews, Reading|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 [...]