ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marissa Marchan writes middle grade fiction, young adult, contemporary romance, and short stories. She is the author of two children’s books: A Ray of Sunshine, and Ray and Haley in the Kingdom of the Gobtrolls. Her inspiration for the story came from her grandson, Ray Angelo.
Everyone expresses grief and loss in their own way. When Marissa’s father passed away many years ago, she discovered she had an amazing gift in creating the most wonderful world of pure imagination. She spent hours alone imagining things and making up stories. That was her way of dealing with grief.
Another tragedy was soon to strike Marissa’s family as her sister, Mirla, died later. Marissa took a long time to cope with grief and loss. She thought it was the end of the world for her. Ray gave her the strength and courage to move forward. He pulled her through the most trying moment in her life. He gave her love and inspiration. Ray gave her confidence and the power to survive during those years when she was lost and afraid. Marissa turned to writing, and she finally put her imagination into words. Writing not only helped her heal, but it gave her an anchor. It helped her to let go.
Since then, Marissa is excited to pursue her writing career and has written two books in the Spoiled Brats Book Series: Forbidden Love and Runaway Romance. Four more novels in the series are in the works. She wrote Mrs. Millionaire Short Story Book Series out of the blue. The idea for Mrs. Millionaire character came to her in a dream.
The inspiration behind Mrs. Millionaire Book Series
I daydream and imagine many stories in my head. The idea for the Mrs. Millionaire character came to me in a dream. I based the character of Matilde ‘Tilly’ Jane Parker on my mother and used her real name of Matilde. I based the character of Vedasto on my father and used his real name of Vedasto. It worked well for me, so there was some merit on “write what you know.”
The inspiration behind A Magical Storybook Series
I based the characters of Ray, Haley and Kayla after my three grandchildren: Ray Angelo, Haley Alexis, and Kayla Marie.
With a shirt tied around his neck like a cape, I will never forget the day when Ray proudly told me he was a boy superhero and he had magical powers. Seeing him with so much enthusiasm, he inspired me and explored this idea with him. Hence, A Magical Storybook Series was born, inspired by the Harry Potter series.
I’ve been a sucker for all those Hallmark romantic holiday movies for years—good feeling, falling in love, a happy ending love story. I didn’t read romance novels until a few 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 wrote my first romance story inspired by my relationship with my sisters. We were not rich, and we didn’t receive material things when we were growing up, but our parents had their own set of values that they instilled on us, which we imparted and passed down to our children. This value helps us manage our own lives in a highly effective way. Spoiled Brats Book Series was a reminder of our sisterhood.