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

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.
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About Lisa


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 of the written word. Read more…



I write fiction and nonfiction, and am delighted that my debut novel launches in 2024 with Red Adept Publishing. My nonfiction publications include an author branding chapter in the anthology, Launch Pad: The Countdown to Marketing Your Book, and my book, The Ultimate Life Organizer: An Interactive Guide to a Simpler, Less Stressful & More Organized Life. Read more…


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…



I have years of experience as a professional speaker, webinar host, and podcast guest… 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…


Freelance Writing

I offer freelance writing for publications and non-profit organizations. My most recent assignment was serving as the feature writer for The Bike Campaign, which promotes cycling as a means of transportation, exercise, and joy. 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

1404, 2023

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

By |April 14th, 2023|Categories: Gratitude, Reading, Writing|0 Comments

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 [...]

1002, 2023

It’s Official! Announcing My Debut Novel Book Deal

By |February 10th, 2023|Categories: Debut Novel, Getting Published, Publishing Journey, Red Adept Publishing, Writing|0 Comments

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 [...]

2712, 2022

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

By |December 27th, 2022|Categories: Writing|0 Comments

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. [...]

2503, 2022

Low Down for Writers from a Literary Agent:

By |March 25th, 2022|Categories: Writer Conferences, Writer Training, Writing Community|0 Comments

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 [...]

2303, 2022

La Dolce Far Niente ~ The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

By |March 23rd, 2022|Categories: Gratitude|0 Comments

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 [...]

1003, 2022

A Life-Saving Gesture of Friendship & Bravery: An Uplifting Tale of Two Writer Pals

By |March 10th, 2022|Categories: Gratitude, Writing Community|0 Comments

Want an uplifting story that gives you faith in humanity? I am so proud to know these two amazing women, and humbled to witness a beautiful expression of humanity, friendship, and bravery. One needs [...]


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