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!!

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 [...]

Let’s Go Dutch! Being Inspired by the Bike Culture in the Netherlands

I was so excited to have a recent article I published, “Let’s Go Dutch! Being Inspired by the Bike Culture in the Netherlands” quoted and tweeted by the Dutch Cycling Assembly. Woot! What a wonderful surprise. And I love that they used photos I took in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.  Here's a link to the article online. But because it’s one of my faves, I'm including the entire piece below as a blog post. Hope it inspires you [...]

By |2023-08-03T12:37:44-07:00December 27th, 2022|Writing|0 Comments

Low Down for Writers from a Literary Agent:

A Conversation with Literary Agent Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literary for Women’s Fiction Day On June 8, 2020, I had the pleasure of interviewing literary agent Nikki Terpilowski of Holloway Literary for the Women’s Fiction Day events hosted by the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA). What a treat! It’s not everyday that you get to spend quality time with a literary agent and get a glimpse into their unique corner of the publishing industry. During [...]

La Dolce Far Niente ~ The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

The Italians have a phrase that I’ve always loved: La Dolce Far Niente — the sweetness of doing nothing. It refers to the pastime of languishing happily, letting the world pass by while you relax, savor, and soak it in. It sounds so decadent. And most of us crave it, but don’t always let ourselves enjoy it. I’m just as guilty as the next person. As a productivity consultant by training, I pride myself on getting a lot done. I track my project [...]

By |2022-03-25T13:35:47-07:00March 23rd, 2022|Gratitude|0 Comments

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