Marissa is a professional freelance editor based in Hollywood, Los Angeles. She has ten years experience working with book packagers, small-press publishers, and independent authors and academics. Her publishing credits ranging from National Geographic science books to Western romances and best-selling YA/fantasy.
Notable fiction she has edited include Ciara Ballintyne’s In the Company of the Dead (winner of Pinnacle Awards Best Fantasy Novel); Megan Crewe’s A Mortal Song (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller); D Robert Pease’s Shadow Swarm (Winner of Mom’s Choice Awards Gold Medal in Fantasy & Science Fiction); and Alys Arden’s The Casquette Girls (Amazon #1 bestseller, Starred by Publishers Weekly, and picked up in 2-book deal by Skyscape Publishing), plus Arden’s sequel The Romeo Catchers (published 2017), which is picking up rave reviews.
She’s a regular guest and reviewer on the SFF Audio Podcast, where she discusses science-fiction & fantasy audiobooks with Jesse Willis and guests. She’s currently reading Philip K Dick’s entire works with host Jesse Willis and Paul Weimar.
Marissa was born in New Zealand, spent many years living and working in Europe, then fell in love with a comedian and moved to the United States. She loves to hike and read books, or both at the same time. Her goal for 2017 is to complete 104 Adventures (reading 52 books and completing 52 hikes). She also loves atmospheric video games, abandoned buildings, free-thought, licorice, and science.
Her favorite authors include Philip K Dick, Roald Dahl, Jeff VanderMeer, Kurt Vonnegut, James Tiptree Jr., China Miéville, Octavia Butler, Terry Pratchett, and Cordwainer Smith. Other major inspirations are Carl Sagan, Jim Henson, Tim Schafer, Quentin Tarantino, and everyone who worked on the video game The Last of Us.
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