~CRK

Biography

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT 11-27-15

ma declaration

Sigh. Well, hello there, World. Sigh. Just how do I go about saying all this?
Well, first of all, I feel I should pleadingly express that, as a budding author, I want nothing more fervently than to add my meek voice to this very loud and expressive world in attempt to create thought and to inspire something as we all strive to do when one creates a compelling narrative or spend years upon years imbuing one’s soul into such powerful ideas. I’d really just love nothing more than to know that my words are doing something. That they are filling a void in a young girl’s life or spreading inspiration across a meaningful landscape, igniting love again in humanity.
That being said, I really would just like to say something fully and honestly—without means for offense or really for attention. I have something in my heart that is brimming through me so much that I have to release all my emotions in potent, poetic words. I’m sorry if I happen to get too emotional, but this means a terrible lot to me.
As you all may or may not know about me, I positively adore France and French culture to a near obsessive level. My thoughts are constantly tinted by the Tricolore, and I truly believe my heart resides there even though I have never been once formally graced by the majestic continent’s presence nor have I been privileged to have been discovered to be formally part of the heritage. It may be just a fool’s dream, but I feel such an intrinsic, passionate connection to that land and those people—so much so that the recent events left me entirely heartbroken to a fault as it shattered my life and screeched me to a dull, hollow standstill. So much that the mere smell of true French cuisine wraps me in a gentle embrace and reminds me that I do truly belong somewhere in this meaningless world.
I want to stand even closer. I want to understand even more. Recently, I read an article about how Paris est une Fête (or, as we all know it, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway) became revenant and blossomed as a symbol during these troubled times. Everyone scrounged for a copy in France, holding it dear as a sweet, nostalgic portrayal of Belle Paris that we all hold dearly to our hearts. Paris is, of course, truly Romantic, a vision we all hold dear of a simpler life filled with beauty and latent of troubles. I am no different, of course, for I have always searched for some kind of joy to hold dear to my heart to get me through my depression and other troubles in my life. Nothing brightens my day more. If I dare say, I believe it now more than ever to be true love.
And that’s why it’s confused me more and more that I happened to pick up I’ll Be Waiting For You There Come Tomorrow again now of all times. A book that haunted me in 2014 with its dreamy descriptions of landscape and its simpler portrayal of human ideals and the simplicity of beautiful life comforts me now as I escape to its dewy-eyed and hopeful sonnets and odes to an ideal future we can paint with our own hearts and hands. For scattered moments, I regretted continuing work on my novella; I blamed myself for something that had nothing to do with myself. I wondered why now, of all times, I would think of my beloved France and only cry that it would be lost to words. But that was never the case, was it? Seeing everyone come together and understand with loving words and symbols of Paris… Seeing the French stand together proud of themselves and their culture—untouched. It moved me extremely. I knew it wouldn’t be something that would fade so easily as I had feared. Only a rogue nightmare among a legion of sweet dreams.
That being said, I’d love to contribute to this rising stream of pride and nostalgia. This sense of understanding and connection. I admit right here, right now, that I’ll Be Waiting is entirely about France. The idea came to me just as I was a novice Francophile wondering about the beauty of such a familiar yet mysterious place. Every longing soliloquy about belonging and reaching for the story of the land to take it in loving arms is all me projecting my feelings into the novella’s narrative along with Annistelle and, perhaps to an extension, anyone who feels the same connection and sense of belonging. Yes, certainly, it is a book about many things—simplicity of humanity, what makes us meaningful at our core, seeking the wonder in everything, as well as a sense of belonging that really anyone could attach to themselves and their imaginations. But this, naturally, is what I had in mind all along. And I intend to keep it that way all the way through—even more so now.
And so, in dedication to all those who stand in solidarity with France and dear Paris and all those who stand confident and poised in such a beautiful culture, I shall dedicate this book and my efforts to you. Officially—for the projected publishing day that waits sometime in April 2016. And, not only that, I feel I want to do even more. I hope that, with your help in funding my novel project on Inkshares and supporting my authorial efforts via Twitter, I would love to add a special project to the list and gather the aid of a translator to bring copies of the novella in French, as well. I would be so terribly honored if I could do so.
For now, I will cement this idea as a tier in the novel’s funding project. My first goal is to hit 100 followers (I’m already at 36 and am grateful for each and every one!) and, naturally, to finish penning the full manuscript (which is entirely drafted) in due time before I can set up the official pre-purchase phase in which everyone can buy copies of the book to support its publication. Realistically, I would lean toward setting up the translation goal as the publishing goal reaches near 500 or its full goal for publication, but I would love any support you can give until then.
I’m not quite sure how to put this into words, but please consider helping support me. If you know of a good translator or happen to contact one, I will be forever indebted to you! I’ve been studying French for quite some time, but I’m far from being able to construct my knowledge of the language into a literary format that retains the same ideas I present in my version. But I’d love to learn, naturally.
Meanwhile, please consider supporting my book project on Inkshares[.com] by signing up (for free!) and following my book (also free!) and sharing this note wherever you can post text. Search either author name ~CRK (yes, with that little symbol) or the title I’ll Be Waiting For You There Come Tomorrow (you can shorten it to simply “I’ll Be Waiting”). Follow all updates on Twitter with the hashtag #TBTS to hear more about what’s going on with I’ll Be Waiting!
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Thanks to everyone that took the time to read this. It truly means everything to me. I really hope this dream can become a reality. I was in tears when I wrote this, of course (as I always am), professing my passionate desires to reach out and to help others as well as spreading love and meaning.
I hope this letter finds you all well, and I dream of a beautiful future with you as well as returning gently to those dreamy nostalgic days that will always be alive in our hearts.

Follow your dreams,
~CRK

https://www.inkshares.com/projects/i-ll-be-waiting-for-you-there-come-tomorrow

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ABOUT ME *UPDATED 11-25-14*
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!
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. My completed, professionally-edited novels will all be available for $2.95, and all minor books will be available for 99 cents. You can sample everything before you buy, so please consider purchasing my novels!

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!

UPCOMING BOOKS:
Beyond the Further Sea (print)
I'll Be Waiting for You There Come Tomorrow (Inkshares)
Someday I'll Have my Day (print and e-book)
Step by Step (print and e-book)
-once- before there were tears (print and e-book)

GOOD NEWS AND FUN STUFF
(3-6-15)
Subtle, Flowing Changes is now available in print! You can find it at this website! Please feel free to order a copy if you wish! If you prefer to receive a signed copy, please e-mail me at katsionclaire@yahoo.com, and I can get you a signed copy delivered to your doorstep! As always, thanks for reading and sharing!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/crk/subtle-flowing-changes/paperback/product-22074309.html

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*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:
http://figment.com/users/193626-PENGUINGIRL1210-CRK-

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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


Where to buy in print


Books

The Heart has Always Known
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Stories in Verse, Fiction » Inspirational
A short book written in verse detailing the longings of Lillia to understand the world around her and to be able to understand this thing her idol calls "Romance." (About Romantic concepts and the feelings of the heart and dreams) A surreal book, one can only grasp its meaning by feelings. Includes a short description and segment from the author. (This is the way I really am, kids)
The Fancy Ladies' Club (#1)
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 11,830. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
(5.00)
Book one of the Fancy Ladies' Club series of chapter books for advanced readers. Catherine, soon to be in 5th grade, is a curious girl who is always looking for more opportunities to learn. Wanting to read her author dad's novels, she decides to become a fancy lady! But just what does it mean to be a fancy lady from ages passed?
Something
Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A short story about the significance of something...even if it means nothing to someone else. Another no-price short story installment! Thanks for all the reads and downloads once again! The title of this story is a tentative title.
The Adventures of Maryan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,770. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
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. Categories: 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. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
(5.00)
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. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
(5.00)
Cera Brandenburg, a junior in high school, hates changes more than anything else. So, naturally, once she and her parents move to the city, Cera is filled with nothing but dread. She can't stand public school, and she's constantly bothered by a bubbly girl named Mariah who wants to be her best friend. ~CRK's debut novel about learning to deal with life's changes. First book in the SFC Trilogy.
A Halloween Tale
Price: Free! Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: 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: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,000. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: 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
Flicker
Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(5.00)
*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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