Annalisa Parent: Author & Owner, Date with the Muse, LLC

Annalisa Parent helps writers to finish, publish and sell their novels. She owns and operates Date with the Muse, LLC, which helps storytellers to publish traditionally at the highest level possible. A Teacher of the Year nominee for her use of neuroscientific principles, she applies these same principles to her work with writers to create confidence, writing flow, and success. Her book Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Outline and Revise your Novel without an Outline helps non-outlining fiction writers to work through the writing and revision process with ease, and has been lauded by multiple New York Times bestselling author John David Mann as “brimming over with invaluable practical writerly wisdom...her love of life—pours out of every paragraph. Read her book. It will infuse joy into your days and make you a better writer.”

Annalisa writes for many local, national, and international publications, has written and produced sketches for a Telly-Award winning television show. She has been featured on Huffington Post Live for her fiction writing, CBS, Associated Press and Korean Broadcast Systems, as well as many internationals podcasts, radio programs, writing conferences and workshops. She is a graduate professor of English at Norwich University, a two-time teacher of the year nominee for her use of neuroscientific principles, and a recipient of the French congressional Medal of Honor as a member of a five-week peace-promoting speaking tour of France, in French.  

A magna cum laude graduate of Middlebury College’s English Department & Creative Writing program, Parent studied writing under Julia Alvarez and Jay Parini. She likes to joke that she’s been writing stories since she could hold a crayon. Her first poem was published when she was 9 years old, and she was selected to read it aloud at a ceremony in the state house of her home state of New Hampshire. Suffice it to say that from a young age, writing had her hooked. She believes in taking the writing craft seriously without taking herself too seriously, and attempts to heed the wisdom of the ancient Roman poet Horace: “Mix a little foolishness with your prudence: It’s good to be silly at the right moment.”

What do you love most about Your City?

I spend my time between Burlington Vermont and Boulder Colorado. What I love about both of these cities is the vibe. They are both full of engaged, inquisitive people. They are also both really beautiful places with gorgeous views and the integration of nature into urban life.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Spinach, mushroom, cheddar omelette with hash browns in a diner.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – sleeping! One of my motivators for becoming an entrepreneur was not having to get up before the sun.  That said, I do get up at 7 and the first thing I do in my day is write my own fiction.

10:00 AM -  meeting with writers and helping them to become authors.

12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?

Right now: spinach salad with grilled oregano chicken, sliced almonds, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, sliced parmesan and a homemade vinaigrette. I typically eat lunch at home.

7:00 PM -  spending time with friends, in person or on the phone

11:00 PM - winding down. Reading. Watching historical dramas. Writing in my journal.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Tea. Non stop. It keeps my hands warm.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I live on Facebook.

What should everyone try at least once?

The thing they’re most scared to try.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Anywhere--European villages, the woods, on a drive in the mountains. I thrive on novelty. Even exploring your hometown and seeing it with new eyes can be a Saturday well spent.