About Marissa


Marissa grew up in New Zealand among quiet volcanoes and beautiful black-sand beaches. She’s lived and worked in Dublin, Munich, and Berlin, married a comedian on a windswept Danish island, and now resides in Hollywood among the palm trees and sunshine.

As a storycraft nerd, she can often be found deconstructing stories in her spare time, especially speculative fiction and Weird fiction. She’s been a freelance editor for 10+ years and book-addict forever. Her favorite authors are Jeff VanderMeer, Kurt Vonnegut, Roald Dahl, James Tiptree Jr., China Miéville, Octavia Butler, Terry Pratchett, Cordwainer Smith, and of course Philip K Dick. Other big inspirations in storytelling are Carl Sagan, Jim Henson, Quentin Tarantino, and everyone who worked on the video game The Last of Us. <3 

Marissa’s other passions are free-thought, comedy, dogs, the cosmos, licorice, video games, and running or hiking in nature while listening to audiobooks.

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Articles and Podcast Appearances

SFF Audio Podcast episodes

SFFAudio.com Book Reviews

  • A Maze of Death by Philip K Dick, read by Benjamin L. Darcie (Brilliance Audio)
  • World Jones Made by Philip K Dick,  read by Christopher Lane (Brilliance Audio)
  • Martian Time Slip, read by Jeff Cummings (Brilliance Audio)
  • Puttering About in a Small Land by Philip K Dick (Brilliance Audio)
  • Methulesah’s Children by Robert A Heinlein, read by MacLeod Andrews (Brilliance Audio)
  • Oz Reimagined, performed by Tanya Eby and Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
  • Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna, read by Ralph Lister (Brilliance Audio)
  • Attempting Normal by Marc Maron, read by Marc Maron (Random House Audio)
  • World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond, read by Jay Snyder (Penguin Audio)
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet (Penguin Audio)
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl, read by David Walliams (Penguin Audio)
  • The Witches by Roald Dahl,read by Miranda Richardson (Penguin Audio)
  • Boy, by Roald Dahl (autobiography) read by Dan Stevens (Penguin Audio)



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