Karina has been asked to speak at the http://www.burglibrary.org/ book club that meets today. Please join her and her great friend, Jen Bartlett, as Karina discusses her writings, the publishing industry and the creative journey from imagination to print.
A valuable lesson learned from a tree called “Buck” by Karen to overcome her life challenges.
1) Hi Karen. Mind to introduce yourself?
It’s amazing how a simple question like an introduction of oneself can bring all sorts of thoughts to a person’s head. Do I introduce the “deeper” Karen (Karina) Majoris-Garrison or just keep the introduction to the most often used business-level form? I’ll try to do both. I am the wife of a professional musician, JD Garrison, the mother of two amazing children, Abigail and Simeon, and I’ve been a freelance writer and inspirational speaker for fifteen years. I grew up in an Italian home where normalcy at the dinner table was to have eight conversations going on at the same time. However, as the youngest of five siblings, I had been outwardly quieter than others, but inwardly I burned with a voice wanting to be heard. I turned into a great observer and voracious reader, and decided that writing about anything and everything offered a release to get my thoughts on paper. Writing became therapeutic for me, and soon I realized that most people suffered from the same joys and grief in life—the difference was in how they handled them. Soon, my writings became inspirationally motivated because of an intense desire to help people through the lessons I’d learned in life. About four years ago, after writing for a variety of publishers through the years, I chose to pursue a path in longer inspirational fiction. This proved to be another challenge for me because I’ve witnessed many discouraging elements in some of the Christian markets. But through those unfair setbacks, I’ve chosen to see these recent challenges not only as a lesson in patience, but more importantly, a lesson on my reliance upon Jesus.