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About Charissa

Charissa Fryberger and her husband, David, live in wonder at the plot twists and surprises God weaves into the story of their lives. Whether they are climbing the mountains near their home in southern Colorado, exploring the forests of South Carolina, dropping in on any of their four adult children, or adventuring in some out-of-the-way corner of the world, they often catch a breath of fresh God in some unexpected place.


Charissa wrote her first “book” in a blue-lined school notebook when she was in the fourth grade. She published her first poem in the seventh grade and by age sixteen was working as a stringer for the local daily newspaper. She published articles, poetry, and essays throughout her college years. After they were married, David offered her a tremendous gift: the opportunity to write full-time while he provided the family income. For the next two years, she freelanced for magazines and literary journals.


With the birth of their first daughter, followed in rapid succession by three more babies, writing took a twenty-five-year pause while Charissa and David raised, educated, and loved four dynamic young characters through the opening chapters of their own stories. After working herself out of a job as a homeschool mom, Charissa decided to go back to school herself, earning a master’s degree in English at Clemson University. She went on to teach English and public speaking as an assistant professor at Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina.


Their adventure in following Christ continues as Charissa and her husband explore far and near from "basecamp" at their family home in Beulah, Colorado. Everywhere they go, Charissa finds new chapters to write about the transcendent, yet intimate God in whose footsteps they follow.


Charissa is available to speak to community groups, church groups, book clubs, or other gatherings. She can be reached at:

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