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Gastroparesis Awareness for Bite-Size Re

About the Author

Kristiana Sfirlea knows what it means to get in character. Working at a haunted house attraction, she played a jumping werewolf statue, a goblin in a two-way mirror, and a wall-scratcher — so if she’s standing very still, growling, checking her reflection, or filing her nails on your wall, be alarmed. Those are hard habits to break.

Kristiana is the author of spooky, spunky, funky, fantasy, including her MG/YA series, The Stormwatch Diaries. Book One, Legend of the Storm Sneezer, was a finalist of the international Wishing Shelf Book Awards and two-time finalist of the Realm Awards. Her short stories, featuring clueless zombies, undercover werewolves, grumpy ghosts, and marriage counselors for fairy tale couples, have been included in numerous anthologies.

Inspired by bookmobiles around the world, Kristiana dreams of the day she can run her own mobile bookstore. Or haunted house attraction. Or both. Look out, world — here comes a haunted bookmobile! (And this is precisely why writers should never become Uber drivers.) She loves Jesus, her family, and imaginary life with her characters.

Passion Behind Work

Growing up with a severe medical condition, most of Kristiana’s childhood was taken up with ER, hospital, and doctor visits, medical testing, anxiety, and worry. During these painful experiences, she acquired a vibrant sense of humor and writing became her escape. In time, escapism took a backseat, and her writing evolved into a way of processing the lessons she was learning.


She began Legend of the Storm Sneezer.


Most people think of storms as representing something evil, but through faith in her own Author, Jesus, Kristiana turned this symbolism on its head, demonstrating through her stories and characters how bad things can be used for your good. She wants to reach out to readers who are going through any kind of struggle and give them laughter and hope.

The Curse of the

Paralyzed Stomach:

Kristiana has a serious condition called gastroparesis, a.k.a. The Curse of the Paralyzed Stomach, a unique—and uniquely challenging—digestive disease.


Legend has it that a great evil cursed her at birth in order to prevent her writing career, not realizing the symptoms that would often keep her homebound would also bind her to a writing desk. Days on the couch would become days in her imagination. And a diet of tube-fed nutrition would whet her mind’s appetite for so much more.

You can learn more about gastroparesis by reading Kristiana's blog post on  Gastroparesis Awareness Month.