TTLG Author/Illustrator Profiles

Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss

Marissa Moss first submitted a book for publication at the age of nine. She attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated in 1979. She studied art history in graduate school for two years and then attended the California College of Arts and Crafts to study the publishing world. She, like most artists and authors, received many rejections before finally breaking into print with her book,One, Two, Three & Four. No More? published by Houghton Mifflin in 1988. She currently resides in Berkeley, California with her three children.

Moss's work spans the many ages of a child. She started her career making picture books. Amelia's Notebook was her first deviation from that format. This book explores the format of a journal or diary and is penned in a black and white composition notebook. It mirrors the writing and drawing of a nine-year-old girl as she faces a big move, a new school, saying goodbye, and making new friends.

Moss herself says that she loves this format that she stumbled upon because it allows her to explore the world through a child's eyes. In fact, she says, "The things that happened to Amelia really happened to me--from the fire in the school to the marshmallows on the ceiling — though the names have been changed because my sister is mad enough at me already!"

She has also written an account of a girl's life during the depression, also in diary format. This work is entitled, Rose's Journal: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression.