Marissa Alexander became an international figure when she was arrested and convicted for aggravated assault after she fired a warning shot to stop her abusive husband who had threatened to kill her. The case crystalized the uneven interpretation of Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law.
The mother of two children was sentenced to spend 20 years in prison. She was released in 2015 through a plea deal after three years and spent two years in house arrest.
Her harrowing story will be told in her upcoming book, One, Twelve, Twenty. Those numbers represent one shot fired, 12 seconds of terror and the 20-year prison sentence she received. It is a major coup to have Marissa as a Featured Author at the 2019 NBCC. She is transparent about her frightening experience and has become an advocate for preventing spousal abuse.