The One-liner:

Marisa Cleveland writes about steamy, fun adventures and living a curious life.

The Standard Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland understands the power of words, education, and the ability to communicate. With more than two decades in the education and publishing industry, Marisa is adamant about supporting efforts toward the betterment of the human condition. Toward that goal, she is a doctoral student documenting her discoveries at AlwaysAngling.org.

Marisa has led writing programs, chaired events and fundraisers, and mentored emerging bestselling authors through the literary agency where she works as the Strategic Communications Executive Director. Previous to entering the publishing industry, she gained experience in higher education administration, in secondary education, and in writing, including technical, grant, research, and dissertation analysis. She has been featured at various book festivals and participated on panels and in workshops focusing on diversity, civil discourse, communications, and the state of the publishing industry. She has five peer-reviewed academic publications, over twenty published book remarks in a regional newspaper, and eight published novels.

Gulfshore Business and D’Latinos magazines honored Marisa with the Arts and Culture 2015 FACE Award, celebrating diversity in Southwest Florida, and in 2014, Gulfshore Business selected her as a “Forty Under Forty” honoree.

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 member of the National Communication Association, an associate member of PRSA and the National Capital Chapter, 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 Romance Writers of America.

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.

Currently completing her doctorate in organizational leadership studies from Northeastern University, Marisa has a master’s in educational administration, a bachelor’s in speech communications, and is a 2015 Leadership Marco Graduate.

She loves to connect with writers and readers through social media.



…and for fun:

– Marisa’s addictions include: her hubby (Simon Cleveland), 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.”

– Her academic publications can be viewed on Google Scholar.

… and click the link to find out Why I Want to be a Romance Writer.


Click here to watch the FACE Awards 2015 Arts and Culture video created by the amazing producers from MediaVista Group.

Click here to watch Marisa’s speech after receiving the FACE Award.


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