ABOUT ME




Marissa Marchan has an amazing gift in creating the most wonderful world of pure imagination that brings such magic and joy in everyone's heart. She helps them to imagine and create the most beautiful world we know is waiting for us. If we can imagine, we can create anything. 





Marissa Marchan is a wife, mother of two, and grandmother to three beautiful children: Ray, Haley, and Kayla. She is also a Child Support case manager by day and a creative writer by night. She is the author of two children's books: A Ray of Sunshine: A Magical Story Book 1 (formerly A Boy Named Ray), and, Ray and Haley In the Kingdom of the Gobtrolls: A Magical Story Book 2 (formerly And Then There's Haley). Kayla, the Christmas Helper: A Magical Story Book 3 is still a work in progress. Her inspiration for the story came from her then-eight-year-old grandson, Ray Angelo.

A few years ago, her sister passed away unexpectedly and writing a eulogy was one of the hardest things she had ever done, especially when it was for her sister.  It took her a long time to cope with the grief and loss. Ray Angelo gave her the strength and courage to move on with her life. He pulled her through the most difficult time in her life. He turned her sorrows into joy and unbelievably turned her into a writer. Thanks to him, writing helps Marissa handle depression and finally discovered her passion and life purpose.

Since then, she continued to pursue her writing career and has written two books in the Spoiled Brats Book Series: My Amnesia Girl Book 1 and My Runaway Bride Book 2. Four more novels are in the works. She began writing Mrs. Millionaire Short Stories out of the blue. The idea for Mrs. Millionaire character came to her while in bed, sleeping. Within weeks, she finished writing four stories in the series.


KAYLA, RAY, AND HALEY


BOOKS BY MARISSA MARCHAN










AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Why did you decide to self-publish?

Self-publishing is the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry and a lot of aspiring authors, like me, find it attractive for many reasons. I chose to self-publish out of frustration with the traditional route. I tried the traditional way with my first and second book; finding an agent and publisher was hard work, and with so many queries and rejection letters, I knew it could take years to get published in the traditional way, that is, if I’m lucky. Let’s face it; the truth is it could take years to publish in the traditional way, or may never get published at all. Self-publishing is a lot of work; from writing, designing your book cover, promoting, marketing and distribution, but at the end, all subsidiary rights and any money received from the book allows me to be in control of the entire process.



How did you start writing?

I have always been a reader of fantasy books, like Hans Christiansen and Grimm’s Fairy Tales since I was twelve. I guess at that time I was just enjoying reading them over and over. I never realized that I was very fascinated by any fantasy stories. I never did any creative writing before except when I was in high school. Who would have thought that one day, I would venture into the world as a writer? For me, learning to write has been an incredible, magical journey. I still have much to learn, and every day is always an adventure.





What genre would you say you write?


I wrote two children’s books; A Magical and Inspiring Story: A Boy Named Ray Book 1, and A Magical and Inspiring Story: And Then There’s Haley Book 2. I am still working on the third and final book in the series; Kayla Makes Three. They were named after my three grandchildren. The inspiration for the story came from my then-eight-year-old grandson, Ray Angelo.  Inspired by the Harry Potter series, with a shirt tied around his neck like a cape, he proudly told me he had magical powers. I explored this idea with him, and now the story is a reality in these fantasy books.  

I am a sucker for all those Hallmark romantic holiday movies for years—good feeling, falling in love, happy ending love story. I didn’t start reading romance novels until two years ago when I read Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie while at the doctor’s office. It made me realize that I’m a romance-genre lover at heart, so I started writing my own romance. I wanted it to be an exciting, yet sweet, series, concentrating more on the wanting and the conflict of getting there. Hence, A Spoiled Brats Romance Novel book series was born.



What are your tips for someone who is just starting out and wants to get their work published?

As I am also an aspiring author and still learning the ropes in publishing my work through self-publishing, don’t let rejection bring you down. Keep writing and don’t give up. Take every piece of advice going, and never think it doesn't apply to you.






What authors, or books have influenced you?


I have to say Jennifer Crusie because her book, Maybe This Time, was the first romance novel I’ve read and it inspired me to write my very first romance novel.  I love her writing style. 










What are you working on now?

I just finished writing Mrs. Millionaire Short Story Book Series Volume I. It contain five stories. Each completely stands on its own, without a cliffhanger. It tells the stories of different characters suffering personal crises whose lives intertwine with Tilly at various points and tie together into one big surprise ending. 










What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books? 

I joined about 30 book groups on Facebook. I also have twitter account, LinkedIn, Goodreads, and my own website. I only signed up to what I can manage. I still need some time to write.


What is your favorite book of all time?
Hans Christensen hands down. 








Saturday, September 15, 2012

Author Interview & Book Giveaway: A Boy Named Ray by Marissa Marchan
Welcome to Author Marissa Marchan

INTERVIEW

What is one book everyone should read?

They should read, A Boy Named Ray.  It is a story of love, respect and family values.  It's about learning, acceptance, forgiveness, and taking responsibility for our mistakes.  It is a wonderful journey filled with exciting adventure and unforgettable characters that will surely become a family favorite.  It is an inspiration to put our life in a whole new perspective.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?

I would love to have a special power to heal the sick especially the children and old people. It always breaks my heart to see people suffer with their illness. If I have that kind of a special power there will be no more pain and suffering in this world.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?

It would be my dad because I never had a chance to say goodbye to him when he passed away.  I would tell him how much I love him and that I was so proud that he was my dad.  And then I would kiss him and I can finally say goodbye.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

The book is inspiring and it fosters co-operation, love, acceptance and a great choice if you are looking for a bedtime story to read to your kids.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I am currently working on the second book in the series, And Then There’s Haley.  I also have a few story ideas but you can expect that all my stories will have a family themed, no violence or bad words in it.  I don’t want my children especially my grandchildren to read or hear such words from me. I want to set a good example for my family.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?

If I had one million dollars, the first thing I would buy is a house with ten bedrooms near the beach surrounded by big trees and flowers.  Then my children and grandchildren will live in it with my husband and me, and we would take care of them and see them grow up and then we live happily ever after!

What do you do in your free time?

When I have a free time, I love spending it with my husband.  On a typical weekend, he and I would put the sofa and love seat together and we would watch Lifetime Movie Channel the whole day.

Harry Potter or Twilight?

Harry Potter, of course.  My grandson and I had fond memories watching it together.  It will be my favorite movie forever and ever!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

That at fifty-one, I am still a young kid at heart. I never get tired of watching Harry Potter movies and I still watch SpongeBob Square Pants because I am still holding on to the memories I had with my grandson when he was just a little boy.  He lives in San Diego now with his parents and we are here in Las Vegas and I miss him so much.

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