In this week’s Meet MEDIA CONNECT profile we spotlight Karissa Hearn.
Media Connect: If you weren’t promoting books, what would you be doing?
Karissa Hearn: If I wasn’t doing book PR, I’d be a high school guidance counselor and a gymnastics coach. I really enjoy working with young people. I like to problem solve and help connect anyone and everyone with available resources. I was a gymnast growing up and have been teaching on and off for the past eight years.
MC: What is one of your favorite quotes?
KH: I love both of these:
“Wherever you go, no matter the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” -Anthony J. D’Angelo
“I did it by doing things I was afraid of doing so that I would no longer be afraid.”-The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
MC: If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?
KH: I would really like to be Lady Mary from Downton Abbey. She’s sassy and independent and although the story is set 100 years ago, she seems modern in many ways. In the first three seasons so many crucial historical events took place and I’d love to be there to experience them (from the comfort of a castle). I can’t wait until season four begins!
MC: What do you love most about working in book publishing?
KH: I love books. I could spend hours in a bookstore just exploring, and I buy books faster than I can read them. Working on such a variety of titles at MEDIA CONNECT, I’m constantly learning about different topics and meeting interesting people. It’s a lot of fun!
MC: What was the last book you recommended to someone?
KH: I recommended Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling. This is a hilarious, beach-read-esque book to take your mind off the stress this holiday season. I really like her TV show, too!
MC: Share one humorous childhood story – -feel free to embarrass yourself:
KH: When I was about 10 years old, my family and I spent New Year’s Eve at a dude ranch somewhere in upstate New York. There were a ton of fun activities, and as a tom-boy, I was loving the paintball, horseback riding, and extreme sports. One day, we decided to take the ATV’s (with a dude-ranch staff member) and went cruising up the mountain side. I lost control and sped right into a large pile of horse manure. The ATV flipped on top of me, pinning me in in the pile of poop. I was perfectly fine, just lost my driving privileges and needed a shower.