Here is a quick “About Me” post. My name is Karissa and I live in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. I have pretty much loved reading all my life. Some of my fondest childhood memories of reading are my dad reading me an illustrated version of The Hobbit at a young age and my mom reading me the Oz series. As you can imagine this led to a lifelong love of fantasy.
I primarily read fantasy of all types. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of urban fantasy (which all started when I picked up Moonheart by Charles de Lint many many years ago and loved it). I also read a lot of young adult books and middle grade fantasy. I find that sometimes the books focused at younger ages provide a really wonderful and solid story without all the adult problems and violence…and sometimes that just fits the bill for what I want to read.
Lately I’ve also been reading a lot of dystopia, science fiction, zombie books, and post-apocalyptic reads. A newer genre for me is graphic novels; I picked up the first Sandman by Gaiman a few years ago and adored it. Since then I have read a lot of random fantasy graphic novels and started reading the Fables series by Bill Willingham. I hope to start reading the Walking Dead series this year.
As for personal things…I live with my husband, 7 year old son, four cats, and numerous fish. I work at 3M as a Senior Materials Scientist. My background is in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in formulation and coating. I love my job most days but some times it gets way to busy and takes over my life…as a result I do a lot of scheduled posting and haven’t done as many author interviews lately.
I am old…okay not that old. But I am in my mid-30’s. People usually think I am a lot younger…not sure what that says about me…
Other hobbies…let’s see…I do a lot of cycling, hiking, and camping in the spring/summer/fall. In the winter it is more running on the elliptical and Just Dance on the PS3. My family and I love playing board games, Dungeons and Dragons, and video games.
I hope you enjoy my blog and find the reviews helpful. Best of all I hope I can help you find some great things to read!