My name is Claire Katsion, but you may call me ~CRK, which is my unique pen name for my equally-as-unique self. Not knowing where to turn in this hard world of publishing, I decided independent e-publishing would be the easiest way for me to get my foot in the door.
If you like my works, please feel free to download/buy them and to tell your friends!
EVERYTHING I publish here now will be free for you to download and to read. Please enjoy my free content on this site and share my books with your friends and family if you enjoy them. It means the world to me that people are reading my books. And please take a few minutes to leave a review or short comment on the books or stories you enjoy. I love reading them; it makes me smile knowing my words touch others.

If I had to describe my style, I honestly couldn't put it to words, so I hope you will read "Flicker," my first published short story (for free!) to get a feel for my style and wording.

Thanks for reading!

*ATTENTION ALL READERS!* (September 18 update/announcement)
Coming October 2014, I will be making my novel (Subtle, Flowing Changes) available to be bought for $2.95. Why am I doing this? I love helping local animal shelters and wildlife refuges, so I am offering a special in which 10% of total proceeds from the book will go to Fox Valley Wildlife in Elburn, Illinois! It is a lovely place, and I have provided them baked goods to sell during their fundraisers the past few years. This year, I decided to do something special and offer my e-book instead. An advertisement for SFC will appear in their newsletter, as well.
I just wanted to let you all know this in case you became concerned that the price was suddenly altered. Please keep this in mind and share the love for our furry friends! Like, share, and purchase the book when it becomes available for $2.95!

In addition, I shall be adding prices to my books from now on because I am trying to pick up some extra money. Please be assured that the free short stories shall ALWAYS stay free. I promise. A new short story to add to the growing trend will be posted before the end of this year. Thanks for the 100 downloads once again!! Please stay tuned for more updates...

I will be posting updates on writing and my thoughts on both my blog (on occasion) and this site (more often) in short bursts...kinda like on Twitter.

*Thanks for the 100 downloads/reads on The Adventures of Maryan! If we hit 250 reads/downloads, I will publish another Maryan book that will include bonus stories and more fun projects!*
*Thanks so much for the 50 reads/downloads of my first novel! I will try my best to finish the sequel and to publish it sometime early next year (around May 2015). As I do not hire any editors, I edit and proofread the documents myself, so that takes some extra time. Thanks for being patient. For now, please continue to support my novels!*

If you'd like to read some other things I write (or see sneak peeks of new books), please check here:


Step by Step (SFC Trilogy book 2)
Friendship Club returns!
Elaine and her brother, Corey, must attend school in Esoteria because their private school went bankrupt and closed. Distraught, Elaine finds a friend in Mariah, a fellow poet, and they both help each other with their respective troubles.
Look for it in 2015
SAMPLE HERE! http://figment.com/books/735774-Step-by-Step

ZCN & Friends: Adventures in I*V (ZCN/TIES Series book 1)
ZCN and her friends embark on grand adventures in Imaginationville and beyond once all the secrets surrounding Imaginationville are revealed to ZCN.
Look for it in 2016
SAMPLE HERE! http://figment.com/books/699176-ZCN-TIES-book-1

The Fancy Ladies’ Club, a book series for little girls (3rd and 4th grade)
Catherine becomes interested by becoming a fancy lady, and she starts a club with some friends.
Book 1 will be published sometime in November 2014
(Sorry for the wait; I am taking extra time to edit it and make sure it is of the best quality possible!)

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm working on another novel called "ZCN & Friends: Adventures in I*V." It is basically the first book in a very long fantasy series about a fictional representation of my life story and experiences. I am the main character (even though the story is fantasized in most parts, I remain the same in character), and I recall my journeys through Imaginationville, the world of imagination, and the Real World as I met my imaginary friends and learned about the mysteries surrounding Imaginationville. It is a good series for kids (and teens) with a lot of cool super powers and characters and dramatic plot moments. I hope to have the first book finished sometime next year so that I can publish it here on Smashwords.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to bake bread and to make pastries. I'm almost finished with my baking and pastry degree, and it's so much fun to learn about baking (and to taste-test, of course). I also love to help animals and to take care of animals; sometimes, on lovely days, I'll just sit and look out the window at the birds in the backyard. Sometimes I'll practice playing violin, too.
When I'm bored, I'll either play video games (Pokémon!), read about interesting things online, practice French (naturellement), or waste time watching Youtube videos (XD).
Read more of this interview.

Where to find ~CRK online


The Adventures of Maryan
Price: Free! Words: 8,770. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Join Maryan, an energetic 6-year-old girl, on her daily adventures! Let's go catch butterflies, build with blocks, go to the zoo, and learn new things each day! Includes a special fun project for you and your kids to enjoy! *Edit: Thanks for the 100 reads and downloads! If we can hit 250, I will publish another Maryan book with additional projects and specials!
The Story Continues...
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
"The Story Continues" is a cute little collection of micro stories that do not have a formal ending. This book of three stories counts as the next free short story installment to follow the success of "The Soul of an Author." Thanks for reading!
The Soul of an Author
Price: Free! Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Thoughts of what it means to be an author. (This free story is for you! Thanks for reading my stories!) This short story was reviewed by the Worldwide Independent Fiction Writers' Association (WIFWA), of which I am now a member. Please check out their website and submit your manuscripts for review! Please spread the word! http://www.wifwa.org/
Subtle, Flowing Changes
Series: SFC Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 43,350. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
The book is now available for purchase for $2.95. 10% of total profits made in October-December 2014 will be donated to a local animal shelter that helps injured or sick wildlife. Please spread the word! Also, if you'd like to just read the book or share the novel, the entire book shall be on sample for free. (~CRK's debut novel about dealing with the little changes in life)
A Halloween Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
I've always loved my cottage in the forest. One day, I get a visit from some twins after I make brownies. All the sudden, a talking wolf comes by, too! Could those stories my mom told me when I was little about the cottage being next to a fairy tale forest be true? A nice short story for kids on Halloween
Poetic Thought Sequences
Price: Free! Words: 8,000. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A collection of poems and ideas that I have written cathartically. Poetic Thought Sequences (PTS): Heavily emotional, thought-oriented, lyrical “poems” (or stories) often written in stream-of-consciousness style. PTS are sudden effusions (bursts of emotion) and are my form of catharsis. Most often, they hide poetic meanings—hence the name
Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
*Thanks for 100 downloads, everyone! It means a lot to me* (A short story) The small village of Fruit has lived a peaceful existence until some rumors about creepy shadow creatures begin tearing them apart. Kaarina, 14-year-old girl in the village, has decided to stop this madness once and for all, but she can't believe what she finds. (includes info on the author)

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  • Crossroads on Sep. 25, 2013

    Lovely, beautifully-written story with interesting meanings. 4 stars