It was clear from a young age that Marisa would be a writer. She was always finding something to write, starting with her painfully mundane childhood diaries. (No really, they're truly tedious--almost every meal from '91-'94 is logged, as well as every minor plot detail of every episode of Married with Children.) She also crafted some horrible poetry around this time. In her teen years, off the avocado-colored Acer desktop in her parents' basement, she ran e-zines that regurgitated the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle advice she read about in print magazines. She finally got her first paid writing gig in college as an opinion columnist and reporter for the campus paper, where she may or may not have fabricated a couple man-on-the-street quotes.
writes (and voraciously consumes) suspense and thriller novels.
These days, Marisa sneaks her writing in before her two young children wake up or after they go to bed. She lives in Chicago with her husband, kids, and a labradoodle that throws balls to itself and eats whole entire socks.