Marisa writes fiction and nonfiction from her home in never-boring upstate New York with her loving husband and the cutest Chihuahuas ever, Goshen and Terry. (But she does her best writing on the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry.)

She is currently at work on her first book—YAY!

A former middle school teacher, Marisa now works as a recovery specialist at a local not-for-profit where she supports individuals in improving their mental health and wellness. Her passion for mental health advocacy inspires her to speak openly about her mental health conditions, which she believes will weaken their terrible stigma.

Marisa's idea of fun includes playing board games, hiking (aka getting lost in the woods), reading, dancing awkwardly and singing badly to loud music, or painting her next masterpiece. You can find her, somewhat begrudgingly, on Instagram @marisarussellowrites or on Twitter @russellowrites.

She graduated with a bachelor’s in Spanish language and literature from Haverford College and a master’s in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University.