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What motivates you as a writer?

I believe in the importance of stories. Listening to stories, whether real or imaginary, helps us understand each other. A story gives me the chance to see the world from someone else's eyes and walk in someone else's shoes. I believe humans need stories to develop empathy and understanding. I have been reading stories my whole life, and now, as a writer, I want to tell good stories that make people think, laugh, cry, and hope.

What types of books do you like to read?


I love a good Young Adult novel, but I will read just about anything.

How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?

Becoming a writer has helped me learn to read with a writer's eye. How did this author get me to read this book in one sitting? Why do I truly love this book? What techniques did the author use to draw me into the characters, or the setting, or the conflict? I still read simply because I love stories, but in the back of my mind, I also read to attempt to get inside the head of a writer. 



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PUBLISHER: CreateSpace, 2018

(Karissa Knox Sorrell, contributor)

Anothology; no blurb available. 


PUBLISHER: InterVarsity Press, 2016

(Karissa Knox Sorrell, contributor)

Soul Bare is a beautiful anthology of short, authentic, transparent, vulnerable essays.

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PUBLISHER: Finishing Line Press, 2015

“Those of us/in the space between don’t know which way/to look: one star beyond our reach, the other/crossing floors of our shared earth.”(“Mirrors”)

In an interplay of silver and tarnish, light and shadow, mirrors capture and return the self. Evening Body contemplates liminality–thresholds between dusk and dark, desire and death, earth and sky–in quiet, quietly reflective poems.




"Karissa Knox Sorrell's luminous poems nestle perfectly together in this chapbook. Her language is rich and evocative, yet never overblown. Sorrell crafts images carefully, creating a collection of gems that speak eloquently to each other and to shared subjects of love, loss, and most of all, life."


Evening Body

Karissa is an amazing writer and enjoyed her poetry in this publication!!


Evening Body

"Soul Bare" is a beautiful anthology of short authentic, transparent, vulnerable essays. There is a gritty mix of published authors along side more quiet writers. As blogging fades into podcasts and live video streaming, there are still plenty of us who wish we could just lay it down day after day in words. If you miss that kind of intimacy, you will love this book.


Soul Bare

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