marisa walz

writes (and voraciously consumes) psychological suspense and thriller novels.

Marisa knew at a young age that she wanted to be a writer, and from the time she could hold a pen has not been without a writing project. As a child, she crafted horrible poetry and kept painfully mundane diaries (just ask her what flavor ice cream she ate on May 2, 1991 or what happened on the April 15, 1993 episode of Married with Children). In her teen years, she ran e-zines that regurgitated the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle advice she read about in print magazines. She got her first paid writing gig in college, making almost $300 a year as a reporter and opinion columnist for the campus paper. Post graduation, she served on a trade magazine's editorial board and wrote a snarky humor blog before writing her first novel.

Marisa always found a way to keep writing, but for many years it was just a hobby. Like many aspiring novelists, the road to realizing her dreams wasn't short or straightforward. For a long time, it seemed impractical (not to mention scary) to really go for it. And how, exactly, does one just become a novelist anyway? Besides, her mother said she wasn't pay college tuition to have her daughter become a writer. (Could you imagine the embarrassment of having a writer in the family?) ​So Marisa went to grad school, got her MBA, and set out on a career doing computer stuff and business things. But she never stopped writing.


Today, Marisa lives, writes, and plays in the Chicago burbs. She and her husband have two young children, who were the inspiration to finally write her first novel.

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