Welcome — Here’s who I am

Hey there, I’m Karis. I’m a walking cliche: an aspiring author based in Brooklyn who works as a barista.

When I was a child, I decided I didn’t like the ending of one of Nancy Rue’s books, so I rewrote it. Then I threw it away because I didn’t want to be arrested and prosecuted for plagiarism — I was pretty paranoid at the time (I’m totally not anymore. I’m definitely never afraid that people can read my mind; totally not even a thing.)

I write YA contemporary novels and freelance personal essays for places like Seventeen and Bustle. Eventually, I’ll go back to NYU to finish my MA in journalism.

Here are some fun facts about me:

  1. I’ve broken exactly one bone in my life: my nose, by smashing it into my knee. That was fun, and I still have the scar…on my knee.
  2. My favorite shows are almost all on the CW — see Jane the Virgin and Reign.
  3. Ti posso parlare in italiano, un poco en español, und ich spreche auch ein bisschen Deutsch.
  4. I hope to adopt a kitten and name her Richard some day.
  5. I have major depression, mild anxiety and a lot of paranoia; this fact isn’t fun, but it’s true and I write about it a lot, so if that scares you…well, you were warned.

If you like what you read and want to contact me about hiring me for any sort of copy editing or writing-related project, please don’t hesitate to do so.