Lisa Luciano was born and raised in Yonkers, New York to the children of Italian immigrants. As a child she was such an avid reader that in 3rd grade she represented her school in a state spelling contest and her teachers thought she should skip a grade.
In high school she was a good student and competed in three varsity sports – softball, volleyball, and her passion, gymnastics which led to her being recruited for the U.S. Olympic team. Unfortunately, a chronic injury ended her gymnastics career and she set her sights on writing after having an epiphany.
While reading in English class, she finished the book – nonfiction sports being her favorite genre – and thought, “If reading is this much fun, what must it feel like to write?” It was then she decided she wanted a career as a writer not realizing a life-changing event was just around the corner.
Her journalism teacher submitted a project she had done to a national writing competition. She won and spent the summer training with professional journalists. She then went on to major in journalism at Fordham University.
But while there, fate threw her a curveball when she took a TV production course not realizing it would be a career opportunity. She interned at the studio and her experience led to an offer to run a high school TV studio and teach production and screenwriting. She did this for 14 years, becoming a pioneer in the field where few if any women had such a position.
While the work was satisfying, she returned to her first love, writing a nonfiction book on how to incorporate technology into the teaching of English language arts. She also earned a Master’s degree in Secondary English Education.
Now back in the saddle, she took a risk that every writer dreads – rejection. After a discussion about the unfair practices of the judges in figure skating, a friend dared her to write an article and send it to the New York Times. She did. It was published and she went on to write ground-breaking exposés about the sport for four years.
The world of figure skating that she had come to know was asking for a book to be born. She wrote The Chosen Ones, which though fiction, reveals the secrets behind the sequins. She will always love the sport with its passion, glamour and drama. It is this drama that made it so enticing to write a book when only she knows what is real and what is the product of her vivid imagination. Readers say they can’t put it down. This is exactly what she had hoped.
Luciano, no relation, currently resides in Connecticut and in her spare time enjoys teaching martial arts as a 4th degree black belt master in Tae Kwon Do.
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