The One-liner:

Marisa Cleveland is a literary agent, author, and educator supporting efforts toward the betterment of the human condition.

The Book Bio:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often, while enjoying the journey one sunset at a time with her husband. Expressing herself through writing, music, and dance is her lifestyle, and as a former gymnast, cheerleader, and dancer, she understands the importance of balance and encourages everyone to stay flexible. Marisa loves to connect with other readers and writers through social media, and she can be found on Instagram (@thereisnobox) and Twitter (@marisacleveland).

The Standard Bio:

Literary agent, author, and educator 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 documenting her scholarly discoveries at AlwaysAngling.org.

Marisa has led writing programs, chaired events and fundraisers, and mentored emerging bestselling authors. 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 nine peer-reviewed academic publications, one chapter in an academic text, over twenty published articles in regional print media, and nine 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 former board member for the Naples Press Club, a former board member for Southwest Florida Romance Writers, and a member of SCBWI.

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.

Marisa earned her Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University, her Master of Arts in Educational Administration from George Mason University, her Master of Arts in English from National University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications from George Mason University. She is a 2015 Leadership Marco Graduate and a member of Hodges University’s Board of Trustees.

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.”

– 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.