Get to know me: Writer’s Edition. :)

Another tag! I am hoping it keeps my muse going. I also thought you would be amused to see that it’s the ‘writer’s edition’. You’re likely thinking, “Clarissa, you’re not a writer.” But I am, after a fashion, actually. It is a goal of mine to write and publish a book someday. I may, one day, post a blurb I have to gauge your thoughts to see if it’s worth a try. Regardless, I saw that Lady S. at Sage in the Meadow filled this out and I thought, why not?

This tag was created by Savannah Grace. No one tagged me and I welcome any of you to fill it out. I’d love to see your responses. 🙂 

Vital Stats and Appearance. 

Name:   Clarissa Marie. I have a last name obviously, but I’m not about to put that here. But it’s pretty cool.

Nickname:   Riss, Rissa, Crissa, Clari, Clare.

Birthday:   The 9th of September.

Hair color/Length:   Dark Brown with a lot more grey than I’d like to admit. Around my shoulders.

Piercings/Tattoos:   I have my ears done three times. Though I should put some earrings in so they don’t close.

Righty/Lefty:   Righty

Ethnicity:   I’m biracial; I’m adopted, so we’re not quite sure what half of me is. My maternal half is Irish, German, Italian.


First Novel Written:  I wrote one in high school, but I used my own original character paired with a very canon character–one whose author hates fanfiction–so it will never see the light of day. I was ambitious. I have since destroyed it. I have the beginnings of one with my character. Maybe someday I’ll finish.

First Novel Completed:   Again, I mentioned it above. I don’t remember what I named it.

Award for Writing:   None.

First Publication: I wrote an article with Newspaper Club in high school that was printed in our local paper. It was pretty cool to see my name there.

Conferences:  None. Ew, people attend those.

Query/Pitch: None.



Novel (that you wrote):  The one that’s half-written, of course. It’s the only one I have. A vampire, history, it’s fun.

Genre:  I would say it’s historical fiction, though I find I enjoy YA works now. Dystopian, fantasy. I like biographies too. Save for erotica and saccharine romances, I like to think I am open-minded.

Author:  My favorite author is hard to choose because I have many. It’s hard to pick one. C.W. Gortner and Stephanie Thornton are definitely high on my list. I love Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie’s collaborative efforts. Karen Harper for her Elizabeth I mysteries, Susan Elia MacNeal for Maggie Hope. Choosing is hard! Boo to you for making me choose!

Writing Music:  I love classical music when I’m writing. It can be modern songs done in an instrumental way, like The Piano Guys or Two Cellos. But I also adore the maestros of the past. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven. If I’m listening to vocalists, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman.

Writing Snack/Drink: I try not to eat if I’m writing. But I enjoy pretzel rods. They’re quite delicious and I can kind of gnaw on it whilst writing.

Movie: Picking one is difficult, admittedly. However, I’m going to say Beauty and the Beast. Yes, I know, all the films in the world and that’s what I pick. But it is my favorite and I adore it. I always have and I suspect I always will. Honorable mentions to Gone With The Wind and the Wizard of Oz.

Writing Memory:   I do some writing on a roleplaying site and I was writing with someone. And they told me that I was one of the best writers they had ever had the pleasure of writing with. Definitely, a boost to the ego, but also a hit to my anxiety because I am not good with compliments.

Childhood Book:  I loved the American Girl series and the Dear America series too. I guess I’ve always loved history!


Reading:  I am going to pick up the second book in the Discovery of Witches series. I don’t remember the name of it, but I need more Diana and Matthew adventures. They’re so good. I definitely need more with them. So, I do hope that Ms. Harkness writes more with them.  

Writing: This. I should be writing my part of a group story. But, alas. I am lazy.

Listening To: Pray For The Wicked by Panic! At The Disco.

It’s so funny, I did a tag a few months ago and I was like, “yeah, they’re cool” but a friend got me into them and well, damn. I listen almost everyday. I’ve got two of their albums on vinyl now and plan to get the rest…lol.

Watching:  I finished Versailles season two the other night and I am dying for season three. I think I may begin season two of Harlots later. I’m not sure. Castle Rock is creepy and I want some Halloween feels as they say. (I welcome suggestions!)

Learning:  More about the French Revolution. When your vampire character comes of age during that time and is in the heart of it, you want to be accurate.


Want to be Published:   Yes. I suppose I ought to finish first.

Traditional or Indie:  I dream of traditional but my insecurity tells me I am nowhere near good enough for that. We will see.

Wildest Goal:  Get published! Or move to England for a time. Meghan Markle married Prince Harry, so that killed that dream/goal, lol. We’ll see. 😉


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