Pulitzer Prize nominee Marian Rizzo has written four contemporary novels and two biblical era novels. She’s been a journalist for twenty-five years with the Ocala Star-Banner Newspaper, part of the Gatehouse Media Group. Now retired, Marian has continued to work with the Star-Banner as a correspondent. She’s won numerous awards in journalism, including the New York Times Chairman’s Award and first place in the annual Amy Foundation Writing Awards.
Marian lives in Ocala, Florida, with her daughter Vicki who has Down Syndrome. Her other daughter, Joanna, is the mother of three children. Grandparenting has added another element of joy to Marian’s busy schedule, which includes workouts five times a week, lots of reading, and lunches with the girls.
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In Search of Felicity
contemporary Christian fiction
Julie Peters could barely contain the heady euphoria that enveloped her. She was newly engaged to Mark, the love of her life. Her human interest news story about Yanno Theologos—rumored to be John the Apostle, still alive on the Isle of Patmos—had been picked up by Great Destinations Magazine, and an incredible job offer followed. Now, she found herself on assignment in Cross Creek, Florida, walking in the footstep of her literary heroine, American novelist Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.
Straight ahead was the main house. Her imagination soared. What would it be like to take up residence in a dilapidated Cracker home, to pump water from an outdoor well, to take showers under the rain running off a tin roof?
Julie tried to picture herself living in this place. She wondered if she could do without the many conveniences she enjoyed; to cook meals on a wood- burning stove, pick fresh vegetables from her own garden, and in the evening, relax on a front porch swing with nothing but the screech of crickets and the hoot of owls for entertainment?
A sudden sadness washed over Julie. Marjorie was gone now, and all that remained was the impression that someone had lived there at one time. Julie shook away her reverie and walked toward the sprawling farmhouse. This was the moment she’d been waiting for over the last week. This was more than an assignment—this was a lesson in life.
Marian Rizzo is a gifted storyteller, whether it be for news reporting or fiction. She has a keen eye and ear from the intricacies of a story, which translates into very powerful narratives. Marian can turn the mundane into the magnificent through the masterful weaving of character, context, and scene-setting.
– Susan Smiley-Height, Long-time News editor
Also by Marian Rizzo
Dorothy glides past me with an armload of my stuff. She doesn’t pause to ask my opinion, just tosses my personal things into whatever box fits her whim. Or she feeds my precious treasures into the trashcan. Then she moves on as if I’m not even here. As each item leaves my daughter’s hand, I travel back to another time and place.
In Search of
“It’s a simple assignment, really, with some long distance travel involved. You’ll fly to Ephesus and spend a couple of days doing on-site research, then you’ll head to the Isle of Patmos.”
Julie bit her lower lip. “The island where the Apostle John was supposed to have been exiled? Why?”
“There have been reports from credible witnesses that John might still be there waiting for Jesus to return. I want you to find him.”
The first patients arrived: Numbers One and Number Two – the impersonal numbering system designed to keep the staff from getting emotionally involved. If the project continued longer than planned, there would be no hope for Numbers One and Two, or for any of the other unsuspecting test subjects who might stumble into Muldovah.