My name is Iris Marsh, writer of epic fantasy adventures filled with action, great characters and a spark of magic. I live in the Netherlands with my partner and our cat, where I work as a behavioral researcher by day and a writer by night.
Thank you for taking the time to browse my website. You will find it filled with the subjects I love: reading and writing. From reviews of a variety of fantasy books to writing tips, short stories, and writing updates; it’s all there. Please join me on my writing journey and let’s share our most beloved books.
Where it began…
I discovered my love for reading and writing at a young age. I would often read before going to sleep, listening when my parents would come to bed. When I heard them coming, I’d turn off the nightlight above my bed and wait. When I was certain they were asleep, I’d turn it back on and continue my reading. I still don’t know how I was able to sleep so little and yet feel more refreshed the next day than when I would sleep a full eight hours now. The wonders of youth, I guess.
Either way, by the end of elementary school I knew I wanted to be a writer. I would write stories on my computer or notepad and read books about writing. It helped me deal with my emotions and thoughts, as I’ve never been good at verbalizing them. As I got older, the writing changed. I started writing poems and eventually songs. Music became my newly found passion and I changed my dream from writer to singer-songwriter.
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The dream seemed to be coming true when I got accepted to go to the conservatory and I started the journey with naïve eyes. I quit after two years. While I learned a lot and I enjoyed writing and performing my own songs, I felt miserable. It just wasn’t the kind of environment I’d hoped it would be. I felt like I didn’t fit in.
Unsure what to do next, I threw myself at the first thing I could think of: a Bachelors in Pedagogical Sciences. After the Bachelors’ I went on to do a Masters’ in Behavioral Science. It was a world where I felt at ease and for the first time in a long time, I had space in my mind again. I got back to writing. I think somewhere inside of me I just have this urge to create; whether it’s songs or stories, or perhaps even something else, as long as I create it.
I ‘m currently working as a PhD in health psychology, using the few hours in the evening and the weekend to write and read. In time I hope to fulfil my dream: becoming a writer of fantasy tales.
Where to go next
- My Blog filled with book reviews of a variety of fantasy books & writing tips.
- Get more information on my current writing projects.
- The 2020 Indie Reading Challenge, with recommendations per category.