Author Lisa Luciano

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Here is what people are saying: 

 

on September 3, 2017
If you have always liked watching the sport of figure skating on TV, you will love this book. It opens your eyes to the athletes, the demands, both physical and emotional, on the skaters, and the machinations of the surrounding cast of characters. The writing is excellent and you won’t put it down until you turn the last page!
 
on October 31, 2017
This book left me on the edge of my seat! It’s about the competitive, and often ruthless, world of skating – a topic I know nothing about but that didn’t matter! The suspense and intrigue were engaging, and I found myself sucked into the story line from the very beginning. Subplots dovetail nicely with the main thread of the story and, by the end, all comes together in a satisfying resolution. It’s a fun read!
 
on October 24, 2017
I really enjoyed the book, it offers a realistic view into the world of competitive professional skating. It demonstrates the solitary aspects of the sport so sensitively. It is a perceptive critique of the Professional Figure Skating “industry” delivered in a mystery genre. Terrific work! I enjoyed it!
 
on October 25, 2017
“I thought the book was heartfelt, entertaining and a great read for all sports fans and athletes on the ice or off! Both my 27 year old daughter and 22 year old son have skated since they were 2 years old, both competitive sports or just figure skating for fun. I can’t wait for them to read it so we can discuss and share!” – Gina Giacomo
 
on November 1, 2017
“Like the best of mystery novels, The Chosen Ones combines a riveting plot with unique characters to give the reader a fascinating look into the world of competitive skating. A great book, I was sad to see it end.”
 
on October 30, 2017
Wow!! What a great read. Any teen who loves sports and a super mystery will love, The Chosen! Ones. Will keep you guessing till the very end. Makes a great stocking stuffer.