Marissa Stapley

Marissa Stapley, bestselling author of Mating for Life, is a newspaper journalist and a National Magazine Award–nominated magazine writer. She writes a commercial fiction review column, Shelf Love, for The Globe and Mail. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Visit her at MarissaStapley.com or follow her on Twitter @MarissaStapley.

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Mating for Life

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Einstein)

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. That people often tell me they think my children are nice people.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. I try not to fear death, but I do. (I always think of that Woody Allen quote: "I don't fear death. I just don't want to be there when it happens.")

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Jane Goodall.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Cheese. But there would need to be wine to go along with it. And a fresh baguette. And a few grapes so I wouldn't get scurvy.

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June 25, 2014

Today was a day just like any other—except it was perfect.



I woke up with that warm feeling you get when you know it’s a special day but can’t quite remember, in your still-sleepy haze, what’s so great about it. Oh, yes. Publication day in Canada! Normally, I close my eyes and try to squeeze in a few extra moments of sleep before the kids get up, but today I went downstairs and made coffee before my husband did. (That almost never happens.)



My daughter asked me to make her spaghetti and meatballs for her school lunch. I actually did it—cheerfully. (My son asked for leftover... see more

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