About Charissa

CHARISSA WEAKS is an award-winning author of historical fantasy and speculative fiction, a writing mentor, and editor for City Owl Press. She crafts stories with magic, time travel, romance, and history, and the occasional apocalyptic quest. Her favorite books span genres, from Outlander, The Nightingale, and All The Light We Cannot See, to Dark Matter, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Bridges of Madison County, and The Humans. She also loves the short stories of Kelly Link and digging through four-hundred-year-old texts for research. 


Charissa is active in the Historical Novel Society, has been named 2019 President and Pro-Liaison for her local Romance Writers of America chapter, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Association. She is the founder and editor of Once Upon Anthologies, a series of paranormal and fantasy romance short stories and novelettes.


Over the last decade, Charissa has worked with and edited for published and unpublished authors alike, including several NYT and USA Today Bestselling Authors. Her strengths lie in author branding and the development of high-concept plots alongside strong emotional arcs. She has a love for historical tales, women’s fiction, fantasy, and unique sci-fi, and if those stories include a heart-rending romance, all the better. Charissa also longs to see more diverse authors and characters on the shelves. For query information and to see her current wishlist, click HERE


When she’s not writing, you can find Charissa editing or lost in a book. To check out her book lists, visit her on Goodreads.

Writing Affiliations

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