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Featured Female

Meet: Lisa Diane Kastner

Where is your Hometown? Camden, NJ

Favorite movie/song/book? I have tons. Books: Great Gatsby, Master and Margarita, Interview with a Vampire. Movies: The Dark Knight, Some Like It Hot, Star Wars, The Avengers, Lord of the Rings

What’s your sign? Scorpio/Sagittarius I'm literally on the cusp.

Favorite place on earth? Wherever loved ones are located.

What inspires you? Making the world a better place for others. Changing the world through story.


Lisa Kastner was born in Camden, NJ which was one of the most dangerous cities in America. In high school, she was a dancer and co-host on Dance Party USA. At the age of 20 she came home to find her house had burned down and she was suddenly homeless. She spent the next several years rebuilding and obtaining her Bachelors, MBA, and MFA. While fulfilling an amazing corporate career, she began Running Wild, LLC which consists of Running Wild Press where they publish great stories that don't fit neatly in a box and RIZE Press where they publish great genre stories written by people of color and other underrepresented groups. Running Wild has been honored with two best of 2019 and two best of 2020 books according to Kirkus Reviews as well as several starred reviews and additional acclaim. Lisa was named to Yahoo Finance's Top 10 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2021 and nominated to FORBES NEXT 1000, a list of American self-funded entrepreneurs who continue to strive during the challenging times of COVID. She was named to New York Weekly’s Top Ten Females to Watch in 2021, and LA Wire’s Top 10 Businesses to Watch in 2021.

Where can we find you?

Twitter: @lisadkastner @runwildbooks @RIZEPress