marisa walz

writes (and voraciously consumes) suspense and thriller novels.

Marisa knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. It started with her childhood diaries, which were painfully mundane (no really, 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 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. Post graduation, she served on a magazine editorial board and wrote a snarky humor blog before writing her first novel.​

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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.