Pushed by Marisa Cleveland‏

Marisa Cleveland loves to laugh, hates to cry, and does both often. As a writer, she writes. Every day. If she couldn’t express herself through writing, music, and dance, she would die. She believes romance novels are the perfect “how to” books, because no matter the obstacles, the characters keep working toward their happily ever after. She loves to connect with writers and readers through social media.


Time is not on everyone’s side…

Mortal mess-up Lucy Markson makes one tiny miscalculation and her soul ends up belonging to an evil demon. Forced to serve the newly fallen angels recruited by her master, she must take one of the fallen through the seven deadly sins.

Fallen angel Sawyer Succendo didn’t jump from heaven. He was pushed. And now he’s lost everything, including his halo – which contains his earthbound soul.

In a race with an evil demon to claim his lost halo, Sawyer must trust a woman designed for sin – literally. Learning the true power of free will, Sawyer just might save them both, if he can keep his mind on the plan and his hands to himself.

But if he can’t find his halo and save the girl, then he’ll be grounded forever.

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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I have a fascination with angels, and Pushed is a sidebar moment in time related to a larger idea I’ve developed over the years. My best friend and I discussed the possibilities over drinks one afternoon, and those possibilities inspired me to write the novella.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Creating the first draft took one long weekend. But after that, the revisions and edits took much longer. I’d say the entire novella took me a little over 200 hours.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing changes depending on my mood. Right now, I love my cafe table. It is my favorite thing about writing, because it adds to the atmosphere, allowing me to stand while drafting or to sit in the bar stool. I’d love to find a bar/library where I could write, and my current set up does a pretty good impression to set the mood. ;)

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
The deadlines! I’m old-school with my paper planner, and I write down everything that needs to get done every day. I used to think I was organized by nature, but I’m finding out that time management does not come naturally to me.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
What a fabulous question! Only one person and only for one day? Too tough to pin down. But for the sake of art, I’ll choose Christian Bale. If I could be Christian Bale for one day, I would have a killer understanding of characterization and motivation. I think he’s a fantastic actor, and it would be wild to be inside his head.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Hahahaa! Old as in time in the fridge (1 month old yogurt) or old as in… the 2004 Dom.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
Oh wow! Looking ahead is both fun and scary! I hope to keep writing, alternating between contemporary and paranormal, and I’m sort of in love with novellas at the moment, so there will be more reading and writing of them.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

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