Meet the Members: Marisa Wolf

“I want to keep learning and growing – try different narrative techniques, grow worlds that feel lived in and real, write the kind of books that give a window into a might-have-been/could-be/good-goodness-let’s-avoid-that-happening.”

– Marisa Wolf

A member of the Writers’ League since January, Marisa lives in Houston.

Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?

Marisa Wolf: Science fiction and fantasy, centered around my favorite question – “what if…?” Both allow for a lot of genre-blending, bleeding into mystery, thriller, romance, and heists.

Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?

MW: Ursula Le Guin. First question – What did you learn over the course of your career that you wish you could have told your starting-out-self and do you think it would have changed any of your early work? (only a slight cheat, but I’d buy the drinks to make up for it!)

Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?

MW: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – I’ll need to laugh, be reminded not to panic, and see even the most hapless of adventurers can make it out the other side.

Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?

MW: The first event I attended was brilliant — a panel on bookselling from a great mix of authors/publishers/booksellers/bookbuyers – and the other attendees were as awesome as the panelists. The sense of community the League brings keeps writing from being the stereotypical lonely hermit on the mountain experience, and I look forward to continuing to learn and socialize for a long time.

Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?

MW: I want to keep learning and growing — try different narrative techniques, grow worlds that feel lived in and real, write the kind of books that give a window nto a might-have-been/could-be/good-goodness-let’s-avoid-that-happening. The dream is to have a book or series that has its own dedicated following — conventions, cosplay, the whole nerdy wonderfulness.

Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?

MW: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke — noir-ish, with great characters. I loved mysteries and thrillers for so long, and then fell out of the habit of reading them, and this was an excellent return to the genre.

Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!

MW: My first novel is out in 2018: Assassin with Kacey Ezell, from Chris Kennedy Publishing. Our publisher has asked for a sequel, so between that and some short stories I’m hoping to get out into the world! The plan is to develop one of those real “processes” writers talk about to get disciplined and on a schedule. All advice welcome!!

Thanks, Marisa!

If you’re a Writers’ League member and you’d be interested in being interviewed for our Meet the Members feature, email us at member@writersleague.org for more information. It’s a great way for other members to get to know you and for you to share a bit about what you’re working on!

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