About Lisa Montanaro

I am the author of The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. My debut novel, Everything We Thought Was True, is slated to be released by Red Adept Publishing in fall 2024. I have a life-long love affair with storytelling and the written word. When I'm not writing, I'm reading books... it's my favorite hobby!!

Title Reveal!

So excited to share the official new title for my debut novel... EVERYTHING WE THOUGHT WAS TRUE. Woot!! It's getting real. (FYI: The book cover graphic is merely a mock up I did for fun as a holding spot… the real one will be designed over the next few months by Red Adept Publishing.) I've been working on the book description, which will appear on the back cover, as well as on Amazon and Goodreads. [...]

By |2024-05-21T11:38:03-07:00May 21st, 2024|Debut Novel|0 Comments

Star Jasmine: A Little Snippet from my Debut Novel

Everything is blooming here in NorCal! Our garden is bursting and I love seeing all the beauty. I also love the delicious scents of star jasmine, orange blossom, and roses. And fun fact… star jasmine is featured in a scene in my upcoming debut novel, Everything We Thought Was True! It’s a mother-daughter scene, so I thought of is a lot this past Mother's Day weekend. My mother passed away in 2010, before I moved [...]

By |2024-05-20T13:34:16-07:00May 15th, 2024|Debut Novel|0 Comments

Because You Gotta Have Friends… When One of Your Long Time Local Writer Pals Launches Her Memoir!

I connected with this group of fantastic local writers about 7 1/2 years ago in Davis, California. We’ve been toiling away at this writer journey on Monday nights at Starbucks, sometimes on weekends or weeknights at each other‘s houses, and attending writer retreats together when we can. On April 30th, one of our own, Lally Pia, published her memoir, The Fortune Teller’s Prophecy: A Memoir of an Unlikely Doctor. And we got together to celebrate! The evening [...]

By |2024-05-21T09:54:34-07:00May 6th, 2024|Book Launch, Writing Community|0 Comments

Announcing my New Facebook Author Page

Big news!! Announcing my new author page on Facebook. Facebook.com/LisaMontanaroAuthor For those who have been following my previous Facebook business page, you will notice that it has shifted to my new author page. If you are interested in continuing to follow my journey as a productivity consultant, executive coach, and speaker, head on over to my business website, where I hang my professional shingle (www.CenterStageSuccess.com) or connect with me on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/lisamontanaro). For those who [...]

Officially a California Girl!

At what point does a New York gal living in NorCal get to officially become a California girl? I’ve been living in this beautiful corner of the world for 12 years come this summer. And I still pinch myself that I get to live here. Years ago, in 2010, when Sean and I were living in the Hudson River Valley of NY and I lost my beloved mother, he asked me what I needed. I [...]

By |2024-04-26T12:58:10-07:00April 25th, 2024|Adventures|0 Comments

Thrilled to be Recognized as WFWA Program Volunteer of the Year for 2023

Throughout our lifetime and careers, many of us join organizations, associations, clubs, and groups to connect with people over a like-minded interest, passion, practice, or cause. Some people do it as part of their professional path, others, as a form of volunteerism, and others, just for plain old fun! And sometimes these associations can change our lives. I've been extremely fortunate that many of the organizations that I’ve joined throughout my lifetime have been game-changers. [...]

By |2024-01-10T10:40:15-08:00January 10th, 2024|Writing Community|0 Comments

The Countdown to Marketing Your Book: A Bookish Road Trip Interview

I had the pleasure of participating in a Bookish Road Trip panel, The Countdown to Marketing Your Book, hosted by Mary Helen Sheriff. I was in great company with three other fabulous presenters: Erika Lance: publisher, podcaster, and author; Sharvette Mitchell: Facebook expert, Youtuber, and marketing guru; and Linda Ulleseit: Paper Lantern Writers founder and author. We discussed lots of topics, including: What marketing steps should you take before your book launches, what is an [...]

By |2024-01-18T12:58:28-08:00October 26th, 2023|Presenting|0 Comments

Video Interview of Launch Pad Anthology Series Collaborators, Hosted by Yours Truly

Recently, I had the pleasure of grabbing the mic and turning the tables on Grace Sammon, the fabulous host of the Launch Pad video series and creator of the Launch Pad book anthology series that my Author Branding chapter was featured in. The video interview was hosted by yours truly, and includes Grace, and co-collaborators Mary Helen Sheriff, Emma Dhesi and Stephanie Larkin. They brought together 40 experts to contribute to three books helping writers to write, [...]

By |2023-08-25T13:36:13-07:00August 25th, 2023|Writing Community|0 Comments

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