Editor & Writer


Marissa van Uden is a freelance editor and writer from Aotearoa-New Zealand who now lives in rural Vermont in a little cabin in the woods. She is the editor-in-chief of Violet Lichen Books (an imprint of Apex Book Company), an associate editor and interviewer for Apex Magazine, and an active member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association and ACES Society for Editing. As an anthologist, her credits include the Apex Magazine Strange Microfiction anthologies and The Off-Season: An Anthology of Coastal New Weird (forthcoming). Her fiction has appeared in Dark Matter MagazineZero Dark ThirtyLos Suelos, and Vastarien Literary Journal. She posts about Weird fiction, wild nature, and bog-witch life at Twitter/X (@marissavu), Instagram ( and Bluesky (


Marissa is a consummate and talented editor, always challenging me to look at my own work with fresh eyes and think again how to make it better. I attribute much of my growth as a writer in the last two years to working with her, and I count it a privilege to have had that opportunity. I cannot recommend her enough.

Ciara Ballintyne

IN THE COMPANY OF THE DEAD (Pinnacle Award Winner for Best Fantasy)

Marissa is a fantastic editor. … Her line edits are some of the best I’ve seen. I highly recommend her.

Dan Jeffries

THE SCORPION GAME (Quarter Finalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award)

Marissa has reset my bar for creative collaborators. From the firm guiding hand, to the side conversations about literature, to the different points of view she was able to get me to look at my own work, our time together was invaluable.

Alys Arden

THE CASQUETTE GIRLS (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller, Publishers Weekly Starred)

It’s kind of creepy, how you get in my head and know what I mean even when I write it badly. Some authors I know resent the edit process, but it felt empowering to share the vision with you. I learned more during these edit sessions about my own weaknesses and how a reader views my words than I have in any other experience.

Ellen Joyce


Your work is extraordinary. I can’t even begin to enumerate what I like about it. It’s all wonderful.

Bayard West


Working with Marissa as a developmental editor was a wonderful experience from start to finish. She identified story issues that had escaped both me and my critique partners and made her suggestions with such insight and enthusiasm that I was left energized rather than anxious about the revisions ahead. I have no doubt my book is much stronger thanks to her guidance. Can’t wait to work with her again!

Megan Crewe

A MORTAL SONG (Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller 2016)


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The Cities of Dead

The Cities of Dead

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