I am pleased and humbled to consider Marian Rizzo a friend.
Marian and I write for the same publishing house, WordCrafts Press, which has published ten of her books. I had the honor to endorse her biblical novel, THE LEPER, which I highly recommend. In 2020, Marian and I finally had the opportunity to meet in person at the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference.
A little bit about Marian’s background: A Pulitzer Prize nominee in the field of journalism, she has won numerous awards, including the New York Times Chairman’s Award and first place in the 2014 Amy Foundation Writing Awards. She worked for the Ocala Star-Banner newspaper for 30 years. She also has written articles for the Ocala Gazette, “Ocala Style Magazine,” and Billy Graham’s “Decision Magazine.”
Several of Marian’s novels have won awards at conferences and retreats. In 2018, her suspense novel, Muldovah, was a finalist in the Genesis competition at the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference.
Marian earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible education from Luther Rice Seminary. She trained for jungle missions with New Tribes (now ETHNOS 360), and she served for two semesters at a Youth With A Mission training center in Southern Spain. She served as a field and telephone counselor at the Billy Graham Crusade in Boston in 1983 and at Franklin Graham’s Festival in Gainesville, Florida, in 2002.
Marian lives in Ocala, Florida, with her daughter, Vicki, who has Down Syndrome. Her other daughter, Joanna, has blessed her with three wonderful grandchildren.