Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley has been writing since she was a child, winning her first writing contest at age 9. She’s been writing professionally since 2002. Lisa is an active member of RWA and SCBWI.

Lisa and her daughters spent many hours searching for children’s books about homeschoolers, but found very few. So, they decided to create their own. As they discussed their dream storylines, the Wright on Time series took shape. While they haven’t found any mysterious devices yet, they have done lots of field research trying out many of the activities described in these books.

Lisa lives and learns while writing in southern Arizona with her husband Greg, and two happy always homeschooled daughters Zoë and Teagan. Her desire is for all people to become empowered to live their own personal dreams, now and for always.

Lisa’s books:

  • Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 published in August 2009
  • Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2 published in November 2009
  • Wright on Time: Wyoming, Book 3 published in August 2010
  • Wright on Time: South Dakota, Book 4 published in April 2011
  • Wright on Time: Collection One, Books 1-4 published in July 2012
  • Rich Author Poor Writer (a non-fiction book about publishing options and dreams) TBA
  • Wright on Time: Minnesota, Book 5 published in November 2012
  • Wright on Time: Iowa, Book 6 published in October 2013
  • Wright on Time: Illinois, Book 7 to be published in 2014

Other Do Life Right, Inc. books that Lisa has published can be found here:

Lisa can be reached at this address: lisa at wright on time books dot com (with no spaces and proper symbols), or through her personal blog on

Media Interviews:

May 12, 2013 “Happy Unplugged Mom Mother’s Day Special” on Unplugged Mom Radio

November 11, 2012 Road Rebelles Radio

September, 2012 “Add a Little Homeschooling to Your Child’s Day” by Robert Moskowitz on Silicon Valley Parent

September, 2012 “Add Homeschooling Extras Into Your Child’s Day” by Robert Moskowitz on L.A. Parent

August 14, 2012 “We’re A Family Of Unschoolers” by Koa Beck on Mommyish

November, 2011 Blog Talk Radio interview, Details TBA

November 15, 2011 Homeschool Literature hosts a virtual book release party for Fractured Fate and The Howling Vowels. Lisa live-tweets on “Helping the Reluctant Writer” on #hlchat through

November 4, 2011 KTVU Fox 2 out of Oakland, California, segment on Unschooling with Maureen Naylor

October 19, 2011 “A talent that’s out of this world” by Jeannie Applegate in The Sahuarita Sun

October 14, 2011 The Today Show, segment on Unschooling featuring my entire family. We wrote about it here.

September 22, 2011 “Incorporating Homeschooling into the Entrepreneurial Family” on Unplugged Mom

September 9, 2011 “First Fridays: Multi-Talented, Lisa Cottrell-Bentley” by Deana Barnhart

August 29, 2011 AP article (w/ a variety of different titles, including “School’s out forever for ‘unschoolers'”) by Leanne Italie [Zoe is mentioned by name, and there is a photo of her by me.]

August 5, 2011 Discussion on The Sociable Homeschooler with Vivienne McNeny, 8AM Central (article here)

July 28, 2011 Word of Mom: MomTV one hour live online interview of Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, 12PM Eastern/9AM Pacific

July, 2011 Interview on

July 21, 2011 “Work at Home Entrepreneur Success Stories” by Kelly Wallace on MomsWearYourTees

July 1, 2011 “Surviving a Family Road Trip” by Amy Hatch on ParentDish

June 30, 2011 “Lisa & baby Teagan’s Empowered Birth” on Mumpreneur (birth story of my youngest written in 2000 when Teagan was 2 weeks old)

June 16, 2011 Mommy MD Guides short profile of Lisa Cottrell-Bentley

May 17 & 19, 2011 Unschoolers Waterpark Gathering talks

March 11, 2011 Very short call in portion on Total Tutor’s Total Education Show Home School Round Table Discussion

March 2, 2011 Green Valley News article about Green Valley Book Fair (two photos with me 🙂 )

January 27, 2011 Wise Words: Do you home-school your children? Then this series of books could be for you… interview of Lisa Cottrell-Bentley by Louise Wise

December 19, 2010 Unschooler’s Emporium interview of Lisa Cottrell-Bentley, turned into a YouTube video with photographs and music

December 13, 2010 Pets and Their Authors: Five cats spill the beans on children’s author Lisa Cottrell-Bentley

December 6, 2010 Selling Books interview of Lisa by Cathy B. Stucker

October 27, 2010 Sahuarita Sun article about Lisa’s November 1, 2010 Rich Author Poor Writer talk to the Santa Cruz Chapter of the Society of Southwestern Writers at the Green Valley library

October 4, 2010 Robin Falls Kids: The Art of Illustrated Storytelling — 4PM Central Time

October 4, 2010 PART TWO of TWO interview on Author Frankie Robertson’s blog

October 1, 2010 interview on Children’s Authors and Illustrators on Facebook (interview by Simon Rose)

October 1, 2010 PART ONE of TWO interview on Author Frankie Robertson’s blog

September 14, 2010 Renegade Learning interview — Link TBA

Summer 2010 Airstream Magazine article

July 22, 2010 interview by Jennifer Waddell from KGUN9 “On Your Side” — Watch the 4.5 minute video here [Check out KGUN9’s cool favicon by my daughter, Teagan!]

June 23, 2010 “Riding the Rails: Backpacking through Europe with the kids” by Amy Hatch

May 12, 2010 interview on Michael Charton’s Access Tucson “Meet the Writers” — 30 minute LIVE show

May 8, 2010 interview on The Sociable HomeschoolerListen to the hour long show here (My interview starts about 17 or 18 minutes in.)

April 2010 interview on Homeschool Literature

March 2010 interview on Indie-Debut 2010 by Lori Calabrese

February 22, 2010 interview on Robin Falls Kids — Laurie & Co. Listen to the 30 minute show here

February 19, 2010 interview on Book Bites for Kids — 2PM Central — Listen to the 30 minute show here

February 15, 2010 interview on She Speaks To Inspire — 5PM Central — Listen to the 90 minute show here

November 30, 2009, Lisa reads from Wright on Time: Utah, Book 2 on the Robin Falls Kids “Holiday’s Author Readings” show (1 hour, 22 minute mark to hear Lisa)


November 25, 2009, Lisa is interviewed in the Minneapolis Homeschooling Examiner

November 25, 2009, Lisa writes “7 Ways to Make this Winter’s Family Vacation More Fun for the Whole Family” on The Children’s and Teens Book Connection.

November 6, 2009, Lisa is interviewed on Homeschool Buzz

September 28, 2009, Lisa is interviewed on Robin Falls Kids — Laurie & Co. about homeschooling and her Wright on Time book series

September 20, 2009, Lisa is interviewed on 92.9 “The Mountain” on the “Grey Matter” Sunday night talk show with Dawn Falbe

August 5, 2009, Lisa reads chapter one of Wright on Time: Arizona, Book 1 on Robin Falls Kids Story Time

Where to Meet Lisa: