I have always been a reader — the power of stories consistently bewitches me.
Some readers are also authors, writers who pen creative literary stories from their own imaginations. I have not been blessed with that gift, but I am still a writer, just one of different sort.
I am a professional writer, which encompasses just about any kind of document outside of fiction. My writing is still creative, just in a different way: I am challenged to communicate information persuasively using clear language to the intended audience of my document. And now I am a story midwife: a fiction editor.
I discovered professional writing as a student. For me, the professional writing concentration held a lot of appeal because of the numerous job opportunities for the students upon graduation. Technical, scientific, and medical writing; marketing, advertising, and editing; journalism; new media and public relations; and many more. I learned to write a variety of documents that help people professionally communicate information in clear, concise, and audience-appropriate text, and I now have a Master’s degree in professional writing from New England College.
I am passionate about fiction and editing, so I am using my background in professional writing to support my goal of working as an editor of Christian fiction. Most of all, I am driven to help create stories that teach people about God, deepen their faith, and bring glory to the One who has given all of us our purposes in life.
An alumna of the University of Delaware’s English department, Marisa Deshaies also holds a Master’s degree in professional writing from New England College. She is currently pursuing an editorial career for a publishing company. A voracious reader of all types of literature, her favorite genres include the classics, contemporary and historical fiction, Christian fiction, and women’s “chick-lit.” Marisa currently reviews for publishing houses and three web-blogs, for which her focus tends to be contemporary and historical Christian or secular fiction. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Editorial Freelancers Association. Please view her online portfolio at http://www.mdeshaies.wordpress.com.