ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Karina Garrison was born in a hard-working town in the state of West Virginia, the youngest of five siblings. Karina's Italian mother was very fond of storytelling and would weave fascinating tales to a young Karina while gliding on their weathered porch swing. Karina inherited her passion for the written word and soon began to read and write stories (amongst being the designated "storyteller" at her friends' slumber parties).
At the age of sixteen, she had written her first book, A Little Piece of Heaven. She shelved the manuscript to hone her craft and after graduation, met and married her husband, professional musician, JD Garrison. Writing was put on hold as they focused on their future together, and then after having children, Karina's love for the beauty of motherhood prompted her to take pen to paper again, writing her first short and award-winning story, Rocking Chair. Soon after, Goliath's Pizza, a modern day parody of the David and Goliath Bible story, followed the success of Rocking Chair with another literary award and representation for film. In December 2014, she was awarded first place in the SW Ohio's First Impressions Fictional Contest, and currently, she is honored to have been nominated for the AMG Heritage Award for 2015 Author of the Year (ceremony in November, 2015).
Other acclaimed stories of Karina's followed (under the name Karen Majoris-Garrison) and Karina began receiving contracts for publishing houses such as Barbour, Integrity Publishers, Kings' Syndicated Newspaper Column, Woman's World, Chicken Soup for the Soul and others.
With her stories impacting lives in a positive way, speaking requests began to arrive, and Karina now finds herself as an inspiration speaker (as well as an author and community volunteer) while adhering to her solid belief in Ephesians 4:29: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Karina's passion in life, whether through writing, speaking or teaching, is to be a part of bringing God's message of hope to people in an honest and identifiable way. She has lots of creative plans for the future and will continue delighting her fans with her thorough and poignant style that leaves imaginations soaring, readers inspired, and lives touched.