Genre: YA dystopian, YA horror, YA fantasy romance
About Marisa Noelle
Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy, horror & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep, & The Unravelling of Luna Forester.
She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels.
When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77, TikTok @MarisaNoelle12, or her website www.MarisaNoelle.com
We asked Marisa some questions and here are her answers:
Q1: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called The Unraveling of Luna Forester and will be released on December 9th 2021 (pre-orders are already up!). The inspiration came behind my experience and subsequent learning about mental health conditions. It’s about a rare condition and I wanted to explore it in a fantasy setting, like I do with most of my books. Mental health is a huge driver for me and I want teens and adults to see themselves reflected in the novels they read. Not about having a condition, but it just being part of who they are, and sometimes even making them stronger.
Q2: What are five words that describe your writing process?
Daydream, plot, write, edit, cry (haaaaa – can you tell which part I hate?)
Q3: What authors, or books have influenced you?
Everything be Dean Koontz. He writes psychological horror and taught me everything I know about pace and tension. I love how his books put me on edge. You can get halfway through without anything actually happening, but the anticipation is so strong!
Q4: What is the first book to make you cry?
I don’t actually cry much at books, no matter how hard hitting. But one I found that did bring me to shed a tear was A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. So. so moving.
Q5: Is writing your full-time career? Or would you like it to be?
I would like it to be. I act like it is as I’m mum at home so when the kids are at school I am writing. I also do mentoring for aspiring authors through The Write Mentor program to help earn some cash. I really enjoy this part of my job. So many authors I’ve mentored have gone on to get agents and publishing deals and I love to seem them grow. And I love to make lifelong writing friends.
Q6: What is the best advice you have ever heard?
There are two things I always keep in mind. Firstly, perseverance. An old school friend who turned agent told me that. Writing is the second most competitive career in the world, whether you’re traditionally published or self published. It’s hard to stand out from the crowd. But it won’t happen if you give up.
The other is to find your tribe. I have a couple different groups of fellow authors. It makes rejections and the hard stuff so much easier. We support each other and celebrate our successes together. They hold me up when I’m going through a rough patch.
Q7: What is your favourite genre to read?
Always YA. Within that, dystopian and horror.
Q8: Do you have any writing quirks?
Hmmm. I don’t think so. When I’m mulling over a new plot I do have a habit of going through entire pads of post-it notes next to my bed in the middle of the night and redecorating the carpet. I like to make Pinterest boards to give me the mood and aesthetic I’m looking for. Sometimes I print out pictures of who I think the characters look like and pin them to my wall. I do have another sheet on my wall which I have a few bullet points on to remind me as I write:
1 – internal versus external conflict
2 – Want versus need
3 – every chapter must move plot or character forward
4 – how can I make it worse for my character.
This keeps the high-level conflict in my brain as I write and reminds me to be mean to my characters!
Q9: What are you working on now?
I am working on lots of things! I’m currently on sub with my agent for a MG road trip adventure about neurodiverse siblings. But we’ve been on sub for a year. Sigh. We’re getting ready to send out my YA cli-fi about a sassy 16yo eco-activist who discovers a monster made out of trash in the ocean. It’s kind of like JAWS meets the environment. And most recently I’ve just written a YA horror called Camp Nowhere about a group of 6 teen hikers on an expedition and they get stuck in a time loop with a serial killer. I’m waiting on beta feedback for that and then it will go off to my agent.
Q10: What are you currently reading?
I just finished beta reading a book for a friend. I’m about to start an MG fantasy adventure called Toby & The Silver Blood Witches by Sally Doherty, which is all about a young carer. Plus also the arc of an author friend of mine; Melissa Welliver’s debut The Undying Tower, which is the first of a dystopian trilogy. So excited!
Thank you, Marisa, for participating in our indie author featured spotlight. It was lovely getting to know you.
Books by Marisa Noelle
The Mermaid Chronicles: Secrets of the Deep
Cordelia Blue is afraid of water.
Cordelia is also a mermaid.
It’s been five years since she lost half her family to the ocean, and as the anniversary of their death approaches, Cordelia is determined to conquer her fear. But when she learns of her mermaid ancestry and all the devastating secrets the ocean brings, she no longer knows who she can trust.
Entrusted with a magical relic, she must keep it away from an opposing race, the selachii, and their nefarious intentions. When she discovers that her boyfriend is one of these mysterious shape-shifters, Cordelia is forced to choose between love and race.
Cordelia doubts her every decision and the intentions of those around her. Trusting her heart will lead to a path of betrayal, but she might just get her family back. If she chooses her head, the mermaids may stay cursed to remain in the ocean forever.
The Shadow Keepers
THE SHADOWS ARE COMING…
Sixteen-year old Georgia Boone sees evil, shadowy creatures in mirrors. They look like humanoid crows and stare at her with hungry red eyes. Recently, they’ve been whispering terrifying threats.
Of course, no one believes her.
When Georgia is sent to the UK’s most prestigious mental health centre, Brookwood Hospital, she is forced to face her fears and answer the question…
ARE THE SHADOWS REAL OR IS IT ALL IN HER HEAD?
At Brookwood, the supernatural shadows are more present than ever.
When patients start to go missing, Georgia teams up with a mysterious boy who is trapped inside the mirror world. Only with their forces combined can she prove she’s not hallucinating.
But will she be able to stop the ghostly shadows from seeping out of the mirrors and possessing the human race?
The Unadjusteds Trilogy
If you could alter your DNA with one pill…would you?
When the president declares all unadjusteds must take a nanite, sixteen year old Silver Melody has no choice but to flee the city. She has no genetic enhancements. She is 100% human, and wants to stay that way.
Escaping with her family and friends, Silver plans to hide out and deal with an awkward love triangle while her scientist father makes a cure. But she doesn’t count on her father being captured, on the president setting an immortal army and hellhounds on her tail, or dealing with her crippling anxiety.
Her only chance to recover her father involves teaming up with a new group of unlikely friends and rescuing him before the unadjusteds are wiped out.
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