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Marisa Walz writes (and voraciously consumes) psychological thrillers. Addicting story lines, gut punching twists, strong characters, and disturbing endings (at least on her Kindle) make her happy.

Writing has always been a part of Marisa's life story. As a child, she wrote 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 created and ran e-zines that regurgitated the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle advice she read about in print magazines. In college, she moved on to a paid writing job, making almost $300 a year as a news reporter and opinion columnist for the campus newspaper. And as an adult, she wrote a snarky humor blog and eventually graduated to novels.


Marisa always found a way to keep writing in her life, but the road to novel writing was a long one. It seemed too scary and impractical to do what she really loved and how, exactly, does one just become a novelist anyway? Plus, her mother said she wasn't paying 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 in a beige office. But she never stopped writing.

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