• Karissa Chmil

The Writer in the Stories

I've been writing as long as I remember. I finished my first large project when I was eleven, and, since then, I've written three novels and half a dozen novellas.


The years since I typed "the end" on my first book haven't always been easy. There's been a lot of darkness in these years, yet just as much starlight peeping through the clouds.


There's something special about reading a writer's work. Because not only do you have the pleasure of meeting characters and going on adventures and being swept away to other worlds - you also see who they are.


The stories they leave behind sometimes form a little diary of sorts. If you know them and their writing well enough, you can see that in there.


And that's just what my stories did for me.


Stories of Pain


Many of my stories deal with very difficult themes. I've written stories about having to choose between what is right and death. I've written stories about grief and hopelessness. I have stories in the works about suicide, depression, childhood death, and more.


Most, if not all of these themes, spring from things I've gone through.


When my brother was in the hospital for months, I was at home typing stories about a brother and a sister who were seperated.


When I was grieving home or the loss of friends, I was telling tales of loneliness.


After a good friend committed suicide, I was writing a story about a girl healing from that.


When both my trust and others' trust in me was being very tested, I was working on projects about what it meant to trust or be trusted.


When I re-read my stories, it's not just the characters and plot that come back to me. It's exactly what I was going through when I was writing it.


Stories of Hope


Yet, as I mentioned at the beginning, these last years have been years of hope as well. There have been dawns after every night. There have been stars that keep watch even when it's the darkest.


I see that in the story of the brother and the sister, who end up together again.


I see that in the tales of loneliness, in the slow gathering of friends around the main characters.


I see that in the story about suicide, in the title One More Star that whispers that stars will never go out completely.


I see that in the projects about trust, in the promise I made to myself through the characters that this would not last forever.


One Story in Dozens


My stories are of a variety of genres, for a variety of audiences, and about a variety of things. Yet they share one thing in common - they have my personal story dusted on all of them.


As Virgina Woolf said: "Every secret of a writer's soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works."


The next time you sit down to read, check the publication date. Organize this and other books by the author to piece together their story.


And, as you read, open your eyes and see the writer within the stories you love so much.

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