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Marissa Slaven


I am a mother, daughter, sister, a palliative care doctor and now an author. I have always loved reading and would devour any books I could get my hands on as a teenager. When it came to school though I was a serious science nerd. As a grown-up even when I had almost no money I never denied myself books ( though I would do most of my shopping at used book stores to save some cash).

I was lucky enough to go to Paris a few years ago but had terrible jet lag and couldn't sleep. Somehow a story came to me then. I started to write and write and write. Before I knew it I had written a novella. So then I wrote some more and soon enough writing became my 'happy place'. Somewhere I could escape to after the kids were all in bed.

Over the next few years I was lucky to have professional help from the wonderful people at Humber College and the undying support of my family - including my daughter Anna who inspired my first novel Code Blue.

I am still writing, still taking care of patients and still and always learning new things.

Phone number:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Code Blue. Moon Willow Press, 2018
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :


Presentation Description

Marissa will talk to students about the writing process, challenges and rewards. She will read excerpts from her novel Code Blue and discuss the role of eco-fiction in the face of climate change.

Presentation Length:
60 minutes
YA eco-fiction
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GST not applicable