Marissa Monteilh (Mon -Tay), a former model, television news reporter, and commercial actress, originally self-published her first book, May December Souls, in November 2000, and within three months, signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins for the re-release of May December Souls, and a second novel, The Chocolate Ship.
Marissa signed another deal with HarperCollins for her third title, Hot Boyz, and the next year signed a two-book deal with Kensington/Dafina Books. The first Dafina title, Make Me Hot, was a nominee for a 2006 African American Literary Award. The trade version of the second title, Dr. Feelgood, was released in trade format in 2007, and the mass-market version dropped in the spring of 2011.
Life Changing Books published Something He Can Feel in 2008. The self-published e-book version was released on March 1, 2011. An inspirational e-book novella called The Six-Letter Word debuts on May 1, 2011, and the long-awaited sequel in the Hot Boyz trilogy, called Hot Girlz, hits the shelves on September 24, 2011. Marissa also writes under her pen name, Pynk, http://www.authorpynk.com/.
Originally from Los Angeles, Marissa now resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her family.