Marisa Laycock was born and grew up in London to Italian Parents and has a brother and a sister. After graduating from the University of Westminster with a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages and Literatures, she obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Postmodernism and Literature at the London Metropolitan University; she then trained as a Montessori teacher. Marisa currently divides her time between teaching and writing and lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies include yoga, calligraphy and astrology.
"...What a lovely Christmas eve reading book for children with a parent in Afghanistan...." AFF Magazine
Radio Interview on BBC Three counties radio.
Santas Delight is a heart-warming festive fable that recalls the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is a time of year synonymous with family. Although families are finding themselves increasingly spread out across the globe, at Christmas they come together again and celebrate. Leading with this touching theme, Marisa Laycock emphasizes the plight of public service personnel whose selfless work prevents them from spending Christmas with their loved ones. Laycock wishes to pay tribute to all the servicemen and women who risk their lives in the defense of others at a time of year when their sacrifice is most keenly felt at home. The result is a moving tale that will delight and educate children in equal measure. Laycock highlights the best examples of goodwill in todays world, encouraging children to enjoy the abundance of Christmas, but also to remember those who protect and care for them. Her worldly message communicates the universal values of generosity, kindness and compassion that will resonate deeply across a wide audience. Santas Delight is the perfect bedtime story for parents and children to read together at Christmastime. It is an exceptionally touching read for families who are separated whilst a parent is serving on active duty. This enchanting story offers a meaningful and tender expression of Christmas values that will bring pleasure and comfort to both children and their parents.