Marisa Wikramanayake

I am a freelance journalist, writer and editor. I published my first book at 17, have lived on three different continents, been in ground zero of a bomb blast twice and am currently hibernating in Perth, Australia. I've also been freaked out by the Scientologists, helped run a national publishing conference for the Society of Editors (WA) and currently sit on the WA Media Alliance committee.

I'm dangerous when bored, having terrorised educational institutions to finish an Honours thesis on Archaeology and a Masters thesis on Neuroscience and Science Communication. I penned book reviews for The West and science news and now I write and edit novels and dream of fun cross-platform media projects in the spare time that’s left over after painting, dancing, gaming and mentoring. Most recently, I was a guest editor and judge for the Viva La Novella 2014 prize. I contribute my two cents as non-fiction editor at Australian Women Writers and lend my geek goddess expertise to the Guys Read Gals project.

My areas of interest include science, health and technology, as well as popular culture, arts, literature and the intersection of all these with politics and history. And I am really good at business journalism too.

Feel free to badger me at my blog at, on Facebook, or tweet at me at @mwikramanayake.

Selected works

Daily FT – politics, business and covering a Presidential campaign 

The West Australian – book reviews

Science Network WA – science, health and technology news

The Sunday Leader – politics and popular culture

Links to individual articles and pieces are listed in my portfolio