Not like it looks :) Sadly for most everyone I meet, my name is not Carissa haha. It's pronounced Shareesa. Like Teresa but with an Sh sound at the beginning.
Indie. I am published through City Owl Press, a small press.
It's definitely possible that I will self-publish more romantic fantasy after The Witch Walker series. We shall see! As for my historical fantasy, I will most likely try the trad route. I’m planning on querying a project in 2024 or 2025.
There are five planned. Four novels and one long novella.
This is a tentative schedule, but for now:
Book #1, The Witch Collector, released on November 2, 2021
Book #2, City of Ruin, released September 27th, 2022
Book #3, The Wolf and the Witch, released March 28th, 2023
Book #4, Kingdom of the Forgotten, scheduled for November 28th, 2023
Book #5, A Gods' War: Tentative release, Fall/Winter 2024
Yes. All the books will have hardcover editions as well as paperback and ebook.
For eARC opportunities, become a member of my Facebook reading group, Charissa's Rebel Readers, where beta and arc opportunities are announced. I also have a Patreon and those members on all tiers automatically receive eARC’s after 3 months of membership.
Yes! Non-exclusive only. Just reach out to me via my contact form or email my assistant after Jan. 1 2023 as we are currently closed to proposals.
I offer signed books in my Etsy store along with other merch. For updates, be sure to follow me on Insta and subscribe to my newsletter. The following is the tentative signed book availability. The shop will remain open all year, but signed books will only be sold one month out of each quarter.
Open October 15 - November 15 (Pre-Orders for book 4)
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Ship in January
Open February 15 - March 15
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Open May 15 - June 15
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Open Aug 15 - Sept 15 (Pre-orders for book 5)
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Open Oct 15 - Nov 15
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Very possibly. If they're not, you can always request that your library order them. Library staff are usually very accommodating to reader requests.
You are welcome to reach out with a request, but blurbs are not guaranteed due to current time constraints with my publishing schedule. I do ask that your book be in my genre before you consider requesting.
YES! The Witch Collector is out now, and City of Ruin on November 11, 2023! Stay tuned for news on the rest.
I can't say for sure, but it's doubtful. KU limits readership, and I have readers across many platforms and in many countries.
The Witch Collector is my debut novel. It was originally a novella, but the anthology it was printed in is no longer available. I write bonus scenes for my Patreon members every month. I also have a novella titled Silver Heart that I am still considering re-releasing. Published, I have a YA short story, Yeva and the Green Garden, that was picked up for an audio anthology by Remastered Words, a UK publisher.
My mother was a special education teacher for 25 years and also a piano teacher. She started learning ASL when I was about 10 years old, and she also translated the lyrics of songs via sign. I didn't realize until after she died, when I found her sign language books, how much that part of her life impacted me and my writing. I remember very little, but I'm hoping to re-learn ASL once this series is done.
As for the music... Both of my parents played instruments and sang, as did my entire family (including me!), even much of my extended family, so the musical part of the magick system was natural to me.
Calling someone 'a mute' or 'mute' has been used in derogatory ways toward non-speaking people and especially members of the Deaf community as a label meant to other or as a slur. It also isn’t correct in a medical sense for those with hearing loss, yet they often get labeled as deaf-mute or deaf-dumb.
Raina can hear, yes, but because of the negative connotation attached to the word and because of the derogatory crossover with the Deaf community and because I have a responsibility to a general audience, I avoid using it as a descriptor.
For more info, read here.
Signed languages are languages that use a visual-manual approach to communication. There is no universal signed language. For instance, BSL (British Sign Language) is a different language from ASL (American Sign Language). Sign languages have their own grammar and use hand movements, sign order, and body and facial cues to create that grammar, as well as gaze direction, blinks, and rests.
For ease of reading, the fictional sign language in this novel reads as if it were SEE (Signing Exact English).
Years ago, while researching for a time travel novel, I came across information on the delineation between magic and magick, and I prefer magick. An explanation from the Llewellyn website, an article by Donald Michael Kraig: Most people reading this will know that adding the “k” to “magic” is not merely an affectation. Rather, it is a way to discriminate between the entertainment known for pulling rabbits out of hats (magic) and techniques for harnessing internal and external energies that will help us change ourselves and our environment (magick). I like to define the difference simply as “Magic is an attempt to imitate magick, by artificial means, as part of entertainment.” Although the spelling with the “k” has a long history (there was a time when manuscript copyists were paid by the letter, resulting in the many words with needless double and multiple letters), it was Aleister Crowley who is credited with using the spelling to mark this difference.