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Wonder and Home

I write stories to awake the child in each of us, to splash around in colored puddles and meet strange new creatures.

I write stories of worlds that we want to return to again and again.

We are exiles - I write stories to make us remember.

For Father - A Short Story
 

His family says Caleb was taken away. Ethan knows better.
 

It’s been three years since his younger brother stole away to join their captors’ army, yet Ethan hasn’t forgotten it. He doesn’t think he ever will, and that's confirmed by an unexpected return from the brother who abandoned them on the heels of a tragedy.
 

As it turns out, though, Caleb isn’t there to stay—and unless Ethan can mend things soon, his world might be about to shatter again.

Freed by Fear - A Short Story
 

Even Fear can be afraid.
 

In the woods lays a camp. In that camp are slaves. And among those slaves is a girl without a name and the Fear assigned to her. As he fights against Death and longs to keep his charge safe, he realizes that she will never be free as long as he is there.

Fear is terrified. Yet love is stronger than fear.

My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
- Psalm 45:1

What Readers Say

"Karissa’s writing shows life in all its fragile happiness and shatters of pain; her stories, coated in darkness, consistently have hope at their core."
The dreamer awakes;
The shadow goes by.
The tale I have told you,
That tale is a lie.
But listen to me,
Bright maiden, proud youth
The tale is a lie;
What it tells is the truth.
- Traditional folktale ending
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