Hi! Welcome to my website! I’m super excited you stopped by, and I hope you enjoy what you find.

Marisa’s Mission:
To write books that make readers smile.

When people ask me what I do, like what I do is the definition of who I am, this is my answer:

I sell love by the yacht-loads. I peddle hope and happiness like they’re the hottest commodities since discovering the diamond. I invest in happily ever afters and sunset memories, complete with any appropriate liquid courage needed to protect your dreams and believe in yourself.

By night, I’m a writer and off-key songwriter enjoying the journey one sunset at a time.

In between adventures, I’m a social entrepreneur and doctoral student documenting those discoveries at AlwaysAngling.org.

I love writing about that moment when two people realize they are friends, and then they know it’s something more than anything else they’ve ever experienced with another partner. It’s more than attraction or lust. It’s that moment when they need someone most – that shoulder to lean on or cry on or bounce an idea off of – and that other person is there for them in the most complete way possible. Yeah. That moment.


Risa’s Ramblings #1: Books make the best gifts!!! …and the world needs more people reading romance novels. The kind where the couples meet and make each other better people. The kind where they go on adventures and help support each other’s dreams. The kind where they work through their issues toward their happily ever after.

Sometimes I write songs that relate to my books:

Strong Like You
I’m not strong like you, I can’t turn off my heart…

Not the One demo
I never saw the details. If one way didn’t work, I could find another angle. But I never saw him coming, and I should have…

The Last Text song demo
Before it’s too late…

Midnight Crush song demo
That moment when you’re wondering if you just fell in love…


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