About Lisa Montanaro

I am a lawyer turned entrepreneur who now helps others live successful and passionate lives and enjoy profitable and productive careers and businesses. I have a life-long love affair with storytelling and the written word. I'm the author of the book The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life, published by Peter Pauper Press. When I'm not writing, I'm reading books... it's my favorite hobby!!

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

It’s Been a Great Ride (Pun Intended!)

Lisa and Maria Conterars Tebbutt For the past 4 years, I got to be "the voice" of the Bike Campaign as their feature writer. It has been an absolute pleasure to interview people and organizations in the community, highlight the benefits and joys of riding, and be a part of the wonderful bike-friendly movement. However, I have now passed the baton to my friend PJ Thompson so I can focus on my fiction writing as [...]

By |2023-08-02T14:08:17-07:00July 28th, 2023|Freelance Writing|0 Comments

My Author Branding Chapter in the Launch Pad Anthology Series

There’s nothing like holding the actual book in your hands! So excited to see my Author Branding chapter in print in the third book of the Launch Pad series published by Red Penguin Books. This awesome anthology brings together so many wonderful minds to share valuable and actionable content on how to write, publish, and market your book. The brilliant Grace Sammon and Mary Helen Sheriff spearheaded this project, along with Emma Dhesi and Stephanie Larkin of Red Penguin Books. [...]

Progress on my Debut Novel Publication: I Got Assigned my Editor!!

Progress on the publication of my debut novel! I got assigned my content editor by my publisher and I’m thrilled to be working with her. She has an awesome background, believes in this book, connects with the three point of view characters, and has ideas to make the manuscript even stronger. We are having a lengthy phone chat (which I'm sure will be the first of many) to go over her feedback and then I [...]

By |2023-08-11T10:06:13-07:00May 25th, 2023|Debut Novel, Getting Published, Writing|0 Comments

In Memoriam: Remembering the High School English Teacher Who Influenced my Love of Literature & Writing

Yesterday, I learned the sad news that my high school English teacher, Joseph McLaughlin, passed away. I was devastated, and even all these years later, burst into tears immediately upon hearing the news. All of a sudden I was back in 12th grade sitting in his class, learning Shakespeare, studying the song lyrics of Bob Dylan and the Beatles, and solidifying my love of language and literature, which has stayed with me to this day. [...]

By |2023-08-02T13:56:18-07:00April 14th, 2023|Gratitude, Reading, Writing|0 Comments

It’s Official! Announcing My Debut Novel Book Deal

Well, it’s official!! I’m thrilled to share that after six years of working on my manuscript, my debut novel will be published by Red Adept Publishing next year. Woot! I got the news on my birthday weekend in January while Sean and I were away on vacation. Happy freaking birthday to me! I signed the contract a few days later with flowers from one of my best friends nearby, a bottle of champagne, and my [...]

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