About Lisa

With a foot on each coast, Lisa Montanaro is part no-nonsense Italian American New Yorker and part sunny Californian. Lisa has a unique background, having traveled the path of a performer who didn’t want to be a “starving actress” so said no to Broadway, worked as an instructor and interpreter of the Deaf to put herself through law school, and became a lawyer specializing in employment law for 9 years. She then “defected” from the practice of law and started her organizing and productivity business on the heels of the 9-11 tragedy. (Visit her business website at LisaMontanaro.com.)

Writer & Author

Lisa has a life long love affair and proficiency with the written word. She has been keeping a journal, by long-hand, since she was 8 years old, which she has filled with countless pages of prose and poetry. Her book, “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” was published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. It sold out after a limited print run, so is now out of print, but can still be found as a used book through select bookseller sites.

Lisa is a prolific non-fiction writer! She was a Columnist for the Young Professionals Life-Work Balance section of the Poughkeepsie Journal newspaper and the Hudson Valley Insider Lifestyles section for several years, has had several articles published in Comstock’s Magazine in Sacramento, and has published hundreds of articles on topics such as productivity, life-work balance, business, law, and entrepreneurship online and offline. Lisa is presently a freelance writer for The Bike Campaign, which promotes cycling as a means of transportation, exercise, and joy. She gets to combine two of her great loves: writing and cycling!

However, Lisa has been drawn back to her first love of creative writing. She is presently revising her first novel, a multi-generational Italian-American family drama with heart and humor, which she will be seeking agent representation in 2020. She is excited about her fiction writing, and curious to see where it takes her after so many years of focusing on non-fiction pieces. Lisa is a born storyteller. Whether she is conveying the power of someone’s written words through performing in a play or musical, or sharing stories with her audiences as a professional speaker through her presentations, Lisa appreciates the power of story and creativity in all its incarnations.

The Ultimate Life Organizer

An avid reader since childhood, Lisa enjoys reading for business and pleasure. She is a supporter of authors, the publishing industry, and libraries and bookstores (especially indie ones!). She is actively involved in several collaborative author-reader online groups and virtual book clubs and is considered a book influencer. Her book reviews can be found on Goodreads, Amazon and NetGalley.

Since 2012, Lisa has been residing in beautiful Northern California with her veterinarian husband, where she is a professed community theater geek, an avid runner and cyclist, and enjoys spending time spoiling her crazy, but lovable, rescue mutts!

Writers Workshops, Conferences & Retreats

  • Writer Unboxed UnConference, Salem, MA – November 2019

  • Savvy Authors, Online Revising & Editing Workshop – January 2019

  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat, Albuquerque, NM – September 2018

  • Northern California Writers Retreat, Santa Cruz, California – March 2018

  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat, Albuquerque, NM – September 2017

  • University of Iowa International Writing Program, Online Course: “Power of the Pen: Identities and Social Issues in Fiction and Nonfiction” – Summer 2017

  • San Francisco Writers Conference – February 2017

  • Savvy Authors, Online Plotting Workshop – January 2017

  • Hudson Valley Writers Center, Memoir Writing Workshop, Sleepy Hollow, NY – 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • Women’s Fiction Writers Association

    • Member since 2016
    • Webinar Program Leader & Host since May 2019
  • Every Damn Day Writers Online Group, moderated by author Alison Hammer

  • Studious Wordsmiths/Davis Writers Salon, Davis, CA

Lisa’s Book Review Sites


Professional Reader