Lisa Rogak


Lisa Rogak has been writing professionally since 1981. Her books have been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, Parade Magazine, USA Today, Family Circle and hundreds of other publications. Her book Barack Obama: In His Own Words hit the New York Times bestseller list, and she has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey ShowHaunted Heart: The Life & Times of Stephen King was nominated for an Edgar.

Through the years, in addition to writing books on an almost-schizophrenic range of topics, she has published newsletters and books, started a greeting card company for dogs and cats, bought and sold vintage funeral equipment, and served as a ghostwriter. Today she is content just to write about food, travel and wine for magazines, blogs, and websites in between cranking out the occasional book or two.

A classically-trained pianist, she plays jazz and blues piano, upright bass and accordion with a variety of ensembles. She likes to get lost in old bookshops and junk stores and bakes like a fiend – as long as it’s anything chocolate – which earns her many fans.

Lisa grew up in Glen Rock, New Jersey, and spent most of the 1980s living in New York City. In 1988, she headed north and landed in New Hampshire. After spending two decades there, she lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a couple of years before hitting the road full-time. After spending time in Central America, Norway, Spain, Panama, Scotland, Switzerland, Mexico, and a variety of Caribbean islands — among others — she headed back to New Hampshire.

Learn more about her here.

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