Marisa is a slender sweet, attractive young woman, whose writing is both powerful and moving. Before reading parts of her novel, called "Taking Flight" I have to admit I had made certain assumptions. Always kind, friendly and outgoing she is a natural, at being positive. In fact, the complete depth she has brought to her story showed me a wisdom and caring beyond her years. We see what we want to see. It was not until our interview that I felt like I as a person had a better understanding of just who she was. What she has to offer the literary world. Her writing style is different, filled with heart and layers of deep emotion that draw you into her story. You want to understand, and know what is going to happen to her characters.
teenage depression, suicide, and vampires. Not what one would expect in a YA paranormal book but what you get is a work that is more than surface deep. In checking, I found that there aren’t many stories dealing with or touching on such a serious subject that still plagues our society. Nonfiction yes, but far too few that capture the emotional roller coaster and internal torment that teens can experience.
I found myself awed by the depth & sensitivity of her work. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Marisa professionally for several years through the Ocean County Library. I consider myself fortunate that she was willing to discuss her upcoming book called “Taking Flight” a paranormal work of YA fiction that is currently going through her final edits in preparation for submission to a publisher. For now her plan is to submit to publishers open to dealing directly with authors.
During our interview, she laughingly told me that she has dreamed of writing since she first picked up her pencil in elementary school. She then had lost interest for a few years and stopped not taking up her pen again until middle school. Marisa had her first real inklings that she wanted to be a writer while in high school.
One of the biggest motivations that drew her towards knowing this was the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling’s. Smiling down at her tea, she admits “I love her writing.” She is also a fan of Sylvia Platt, James Joyce, Susan Collins, and Virginia Wolf to name a few.
Not unlike many others writers six years ago she started writing the story that had been forming inside her head. Feeling that driving compulsion to get it out. One of the biggest issues, Marisa explained was procrastination, when she was in school she found she only wrote on her breaks. It wasn't until after taking a workshop group that she found the motivation to write and complete the first draft.
Another tool she used to reach her goal was (nanowrimo.org) participating the in National Novel Writing Month in November. Committing to getting 50,000 words in print she met her goal and finished with 100,000 words in total. It allowed her to track how much she wrote on a daily basis. Other sites that are writer friendly & help with setting goal are scribeophile, and Aeon Timeline. It is a great way to get feedback on your work from other writers fighting the same fight.
I asked Marisa what was one of the many challenges she faced?
Thinking about this for a moment she paused before answering. “Going through the editing process. Editing becomes an even greater challenge when writing in the first person. You have to think about the “I’s” and how they fit in.”
|Marisa & her Fiance CJ|
Finishing up our interview we picked up our empty cups and pushed in our chairs. Giving me her infectious smile once again she gave me one parting piece of advice,
“For anyone struggling with writing there is always hope in the end. As long as you put your mind on a positive goal you will get there.”