After returning to England in 2008, Marissa put to use her hard earned qualifications and started working for a charitable organisation in property development. Despite a full time job, Marissa managed to snatch an hour, here and there, and subsequently completed her first manuscript in 2010.
Since moving to Oxford, Marissa has become an active member of Abingdon Writers and, after the success of Goa Traffic, Thames River Press took on Marissa's second novel The Bittersweet Vine. Under The Coconut Tree is her third offering and is the first in the light-hearted Detective Chupplejeep Mystery series set in rural Goa. The Body in the Bath is the second book in the series and will be out later this year.
In 2016 Marissa signed with So Vain Books for the publication of Poison in the Water a romantic suspense novel set between traveller's Thailand, the glamour of London and the bright lights of Hong Kong. You can follow Marissa’s journey on her blog: The Coffee Stained Manuscript.
Marissa de Luna is a passionate author who started writing in her late twenties. After spending her early years growing up in Goa, Marissa returned to England to complete her education. She read Business Studies at the University of Sheffield before undertaking a Masters in Real Estate Management at UCE, Birmingham. Marissa then went on to successfully qualify as a Chartered Surveyor in 2007 whilst working for a property development company in Leicestershire.
With a keen passion for travelling, Marissa took a career break and travelled around the globe for ten months. On returning home she spent time with her family in Goa. It was this period in which Marissa, inspired by the Goan culture and lifestyle, decided to put pen to paper and started writing Goa Traffic.