Marisha is a clinician by trade and a writer by purpose. She has found comfort and enjoyment in writing since childhood. She began writing poetry in middle school and continued into adult years. She became a spoken word poet while attending college and began sharing her poetry publically in 2010. A graduate-level alumnus of North Carolina Central University, her educational background, field experiences, observation, life experiences, and walk with God have been the backdrop for writing. Her topics generally include Christian living, hope, loving one’s self, social issues, courage, transparency, honesty, and overall personal growth. Inspired by her personal testimony, Marisha understands the importance of uplifting others, committing one’s self to God, emotional health, balance, and witnessing the transformation that is solely from Him. Her testimonies and desire to help others have been fueled by God’s redemption.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ironically, my latest book is also my first. "Beauty for Ashes" is a God-inspired project. I've experienced a lot of things in my life; there are some things I understand and some things that I'm ever learning about. The book is a compilation of what I have learned, what I have grown from, and present struggles and challenges. I felt compelled to be transparent about who I am as a Christian woman and provide the opportunity for others, men and women alike, to understand that they aren't alone in struggles, fears, or failures. This was about God being magnified in my failures and helping others overcome their own.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The passion and gift of writing coupled with the acknowledgment that I am aging. I didn't want to grow old with the potential to be an [indie] author but never try to due to fear or laziness.