writes (and voraciously consumes) suspense and thriller novels.
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 were truly tedious--almost every meal from '91-'94 is logged, along with every minor plot detail of every episode of Married with Children). She also crafted some horrible poetry around this time. By the time she hit her teen years, Marisa was running (shockingly successful)
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 a reporter and opinion columnist for the campus paper, where she may or may not have fabricated a couple man-on-the-street
quotes. Following graduation, she served on a magazine editorial board and wrote a snarky humor blog before finally writing her first novel.
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.