Lisa Snider

Lisa Snider

Lisa Snider is a freelance writer living in Ojai, CA. She was recruited to Ojai by the Ojai Valley Inn in early summer 1999 from the Four Seasons San Diego for a junior executive position at the Inn where she served until early 2003. After a total of 15 years in hotel management, she intrepidly jumped off the glamorous roller coaster of celebrity, champagne, and Egyptian cotton linens in 2003. Looking for an opportunity to learn something new, do something more meaningful, and work less than 70 hours a week, she took a job in the public sector and started writing. Lisa grew up in the rural backcountry of San Diego County where her keen appreciation for small town life and a passion for writing were first nurtured. So it was only natural that it was love at first sight when she came to Ojai. The quirkiness of the town and the eccentricities of the hotel business have given her much fodder for writing. Lisa has a passion for writing, particularly in a local format, and has found her voice in self-deprecating humor. Her publishing successes include several local print media, a national writing award, assignments with Santa Barbara Wine and Dine magazine, the Sierra Club’s local paper, the VC Reporter, Ventana Magazine, 805 Living and a quarterly column in Ojai. One of her most rewarding projects, writing, producing and directing the documentary, The Price of Paradise, yielded her first foray into filmmaking. Lisa has also written two plays, Millennium Dreams, a comedy, and Wind River Redemption, a drama, and has just finished a novel. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly University, Pomona. She volunteers from time to time for local non-profit special events. She and her husband, Bill, enjoy dinner with friends, vacations abroad and playing fetch with their rescued teenage Labradork, Toby. Listen to one of Lisa’s local podcasts on Radio Ojai, where she hosts music and talk of the Central Coast.