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We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection. ~ Anais Nin

Ciao!
Welcome to Lisa Montanaro Writes… The natural place to spark creativity, including writing, reading, and storytelling. This is my creative playground! So glad you are joining me.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea (or even better, a glass of prosecco!) and poke around. Stay in the loop by subscribing to the Prosecco & Prose Newsletter.
Read some blog posts. Enjoy some book reviews. Share your favorite books while I share mine.
If you’re a writer and could use a Branding, Business and Productivity Coach, check out my Writer Coaching page. I’ve got you covered!
Pass the site onto others. Interact, comment, and stay awhile. I’m so happy that you’re here with me on this creative journey.

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About Lisa

About

With a foot on each coast, I am part no-nonsense Italian American New Yorker and part sunny Californian — with a life long love affair and proficiency of the written word. Read more…

Author

Author

My first book, “The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life” was published by Peter Pauper Press in 2011. Read more…

Speaker

Writer Coaching

As a coach and consultant for writers, I will be your partner along your writer’s journey. Think of me as a writing confidante, business strategist, branding expert, and cheerleader all rolled into one. Read more…

Speaker

Freelance Writing

I offer freelance writing for publications and non-profit organizations. My current assignment is as a freelance writer for The Bike Campaign, which promotes cycling as a means of transportation, exercise, and joy. Read more…

Book Reviews

Book Reviews

I love to read and share my thoughts on all types of genres. Take a peek at what I’ve been reading. Read more…

Prosecco & Prose Newsletter

Lisa MontanaroI love all things Italian and my favorite drink is Prosecco! I also love all things book-related. Put them together and what do you get? Prosecco & Prose, that’s what.

I love connecting with readers, writers, and lovers of creativity in all of its forms. And if we can do that over a virtual glass of bubbly, even better. I like to share updates on my writing journey, book recommendations, musings on the writing life and community, and introduce you to great authors.

So let’s keep the conversation going! Sign up and step into my enoteca (that’s “wine bar” in Italian… sounds so much nicer, right?).

Your first virtual glass of bubbly is on me.

Ciao ~ Lisa

Recent Blog Posts

811, 2017

Seeking Craft at the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Retreat & Finding My Writing Tribe

By |November 8th, 2017|Categories: Writer Conferences, Writer Retreats, Writing, Writing Community, Writing Craft|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments

Finding my Tribe On September 20th, I made my way from Northern California to Albuquerque, New Mexico to attend my first Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) Retreat. I was eager to learn more craft and [...]

511, 2017

The Contagious Nature of Gratitude: Changing My (and Others’) Mindset About Something I Dislike

By |November 5th, 2017|Categories: Gratitude|Tags: , , |9 Comments

Many of us have heard that when you express gratitude, it helps you overcome negativity, fear, and puts you in a positive mindset. Indeed, there are many studies that prove that if you keep a [...]

1909, 2017

The Diary of Anne Frank: The Book That Influenced My Reading, Writing, and Life as a Young Girl

By |September 19th, 2017|Categories: Book Reviews, Journal, Reading, Writing|4 Comments

The books we first pick up and read can have a profound effect on us -- as readers, writers, and people. For me that book is The Diary of Anne Frank. I always loved to [...]

1409, 2017

A Look Back: My Favorite Books of 2016

By |September 14th, 2017|Categories: Book Reviews, Reading|Comments Off on A Look Back: My Favorite Books of 2016

2016 was a banner year of reading in my world! I read many debut novels, discovered writers that were new to me, and revisited writers from my past that I knew I loved. I wound [...]

2006, 2017

Pedaling Love: Life Viewed from the Vantage Point of 2 Wheels

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Adventures|Comments Off on Pedaling Love: Life Viewed from the Vantage Point of 2 Wheels

In the summer of 2012, I relocated from New York to Northern California, specifically, to the college town of Davis. There are many things that make Davis a fabulous place to live: fantastic weather, an [...]

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