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, and has published hundreds of articles on topics such as productivity, life-work balance, business, law, and entrepreneurship.
However, Lisa has been drawn back to her first love of creative writing, and is presently working on a novel. 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 story teller. 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.
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.
For the past 5 years, 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
Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat, Albuquerque, New Mexico – September 20-24, 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 16-19, 2017
Savvy Authors, Online Plotting Workshop – January 2017
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Memoir Writing Workshop, Sleepy Hollow, NY – 2006
Studious Wordsmiths/Davis Writers Salon, Davis, CA
Savvy Authors, Online Writers Group
Women’s Fiction Writers Association
Lisa’s Book Review Sites