Christa Polkinhorn


Born and raised in Switzerland, Christa Polkinhorn has always had the desire to explore the world outside of her beautiful but tiny country. As a young woman, she traveled through Europe, came to the United States on an exchange program, and ended up staying. Her travels led her to China and Japan as well as South America. She studied literature and linguistics in Zurich and California. Now, she lives and works as writer and translator in southern California and divides her time between the United States and her native Switzerland. The tension and excitement this "double life" creates informs her literary work. Most of her novels take place in several countries. Aside from writing and traveling, Christa is an avid reader, a lover of the arts and dark chocolate.

Where to find Christa Polkinhorn online


Emilia (Family Portrait, Book Three)
By Christa Polkinhorn
Series: Family Portrait. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 102,880. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2013. Category: Fiction
The O’Reillys are in trouble. Having two grown children, Karla finds out she is pregnant again and has to raise another child. Andreas is happy about being a father once more. Little Emilia, however, intensifies the tension that has been building between him and his wife of twenty years. EMILIA deals with the struggle of a family of artists, trying to keep the flame of love and creativity alive.
An Uncommon Family (Family Portrait, Book One)
By Christa Polkinhorn
Series: Family Portrait. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,590. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Category: Fiction
Three people with a troubled past meet in Zurich, Switzerland. Six-year-old Karla longs for her dead mother. Anna struggles with her husband’s deception, and Jonas mourns the death of his wife. While caring for little Karla, Anna and Jonas fall in love but sinister events in their past threaten their budding romance. A story of betrayal, love, and forgiveness.
Path of Fire
By Christa Polkinhorn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
A volume of poems which one reader called "clear-eyed and elegiac, with a cosmopolitan flavor. Path of Fire is full of unsentimental but emotionally charged poems about loneliness and family and searching the earth for a home."
Love of a Stonemason (Family Portrait, Book Two)
By Christa Polkinhorn
Series: Family Portrait. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 133,220. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2010. Category: Fiction
Karla Bocelli, is all too familiar with loss. When she was five years old, her mother died in a car crash. At age twenty-four, the young talented painter is almost hit by a speeding car. As if this wasn’t fateful enough, the driver turns out to be a carver of tombstones. Andreas, however, is anything but morbid. This story about love, passion, and art takes place in Switzerland, Italy, and Peru.

Christa Polkinhorn’s tag cloud

art    contemporary    elegiac    family drama    family relationships    family saga    fiction    international    italy    literature    love    love story    painting    peru    poems    relationships    romance    sculptor    selfhood    stone art    stonemason    switzerland    travel   

Smashwords book reviews by Christa Polkinhorn

  • Lor Mandela - Destruction from Twins on July 11, 2011
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this fascinating mix of teenage realism and mysterious fantasy world. The characters are believable and the writing is fast-paced and well-crafted. I look forward to Part Two! Christa Polkinhorn, author "An Uncommon Family" "Love of a Stonemason"