The Standard Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. If she couldn’t express herself through writing, music, and dance, she would die. She believes romance novels are the perfect “how to” books, because no matter the obstacles, the characters keep working toward their happily ever after.
She has a Master’s degree in Educational Administration in Organizations and joined The Seymour Agency in 2011 after she ended an eight-year career teaching students language arts, grades 6-12. Previous to teaching, she worked as an assistant director for a graduate school in Washington, D.C. before settling in Southwest Florida. Currently serving as the executive director for The Seymour Agency‘s research and development, Marisa has been responsible for spearheading the Agency’s efforts to identify, inform, and involve the literary community in outreach and advocacy programs.
In February 2015, Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines honored Marisa with the Arts and Culture 2015 FACE Award, celebrating diversity in Southwest Florida.
In September 2014, she was selected as a 2014 “Forty Under Forty” honoree in the September issue of Gulfshore Business.
Marisa is ridiculously adamant about supporting the cultural and performing arts. For over two decades, she coached athletes in gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, and diving. She is a founding partner with Simeris Alliance, a former board member for the Naples Press Club, a former board member for Southwest Florida Romance Writers, a Friend of CAPA, and a member of the Florida Literacy Coalition, Collier Republican Club, Women’s Republican Club of Naples Federated, Naples Pathways Coalition, Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers, Young Adult RWA, and Southwest Florida Romance Writers. Marisa recently joined NSAI and BMI.
In college, she received the President’s Merit Award for her active participation in the Society for Advancement of Management, where she had the opportunity to develop her own philosophy of what makes innovative, professional leaders, and she was later inducted into Kappa Delta Pi‘s Nu Alpha chapter.
She loves to connect with writers and readers through social media.
…and for fun:
– Marisa’s addictions include: her hubby, her purses/bags/wristlets, and her passion for purchasing products Made in the U.S.A.
– She believes in The Pledge of Allegiance and the words, “one nation, under God.
– In 2011, her manuscript, Good Intentions, was a finalist in the 21st Annual “Hold Me, Thrill Me” Contest.
… and click the link to find out Why I Want to be a Romance Writer.
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