About Chrism Press

Chrism Press is an imprint of WhiteFire Publishing dedicated to stories informed by Catholic and Orthodox Christianity that may not be able to find a home in either mainstream secular or Christian (Evangelical) presses. These two ancient faiths share a sacramental and incarnational vision that illuminates the imagination, as well as a centuries-old literary tradition spanning from Dante to Dostoevsky and beyond.

Whether Christian themes are presented overtly, subtly, or symbolically, Chrism Press seeks Spirit-filled fiction in all genres. We are not afraid of darkness; we enjoy the strange and the weird, as well as humor, romance, adventure, and fun. We strongly believe that fiction should never be boringWe invite readers to “Anoint Your Imagination” with a wide array of stories that enlighten while they entertain.

Meet Our Editors 

Karen Ullo

Karen Ullo

Editor

Karen Ullo is the author of two award-winning novels, Jennifer the Damned and Cinder Allia. She holds a MFA in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and served for more than three years as managing editor of the Catholic literary journal Dappled ThingsShe has been featured as a speaker at venues across the country including The Louisiana Book Festival, The Catholic Writers Guild Conferences (both live and online), the Trying to Say God conference at Notre Dame University, and Doxacon in Washington, D.C.

Karen lives in Louisiana with her husband and two sons, where she serves as the music director of a Catholic parish. You can find her on the web at www.karenullo.com.

Marisa Deshaies

Marisa Deshaies

Editor

Marisa Deshaies is an editor of Christian historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction as well as general market fiction. A lover of all-things bookish and publishing, she revels in the literary musings of authors who write of the past and present through faith-driven stories. She holds a B.A. in English (concentration in professional writing), an M.A. in professional writing, and is certified in editing through the Christian PEN. Novels she’s edited have been nominated for the Selah and INSPY Awards.

Marisa has worked at all levels of editing—from managing editor of a contemporary romance imprint, to developmental editor, to line and copy editor. She has coached new and experienced authors to craft their writing to deliver memorable characters, deeply moving stories, thought-provoking themes, and beautiful words. She believes in a firm, gentle, and encouraging approach to the editor-author relationship and enjoys forming those relationships with whom she works. 

When she’s not editing, Marisa can be found among the numerous piles of books crowding her apartment. She and her soon-to-be husband live in northern Virginia and are active parishioners at their Catholic church.

Rhonda Ortiz

Rhonda Ortiz

Editor

Rhonda Franklin Ortiz is a Lay Dominican and writer whose articles on spirituality, family life, and arts and culture have been published in a variety of popular media outlets. She was a contributor to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, edited by bestselling authors Lisa Hendey and Sarah Reinhard. She also served four years as Art Director of Dappled Things. 

Rhonda’s forthcoming debut novel was the recipient of the 2019 ACFW-VA Crown Award in Historical/Historical Romance and the 2020 ACFW Genesis Award in Historical Romance. She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, American Christian Fiction Writers, Oregon Christian Writers, and Word Weavers.

A native Oregonian, Rhonda attended St. John’s College in historic Annapolis, Maryland and now lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. Find her online at rhondaortiz.com.

Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White

Managing Editor, WhiteFire Publishing

Roseanna M. White is the author of dozens of historical novels, a book cover designer, and has been the managing editor of the WhiteFire Publishing Group since its founding in 2005. A graduate of St. John’s College, she has been living and breathing the publishing industry since her graduation (don’t ask how long ago), and loves nothing more than talking about how stories change the world. She and her family live and homeschool in the gorgeous mountains of West Virginia, where her kids regularly ask about the etymology of words and every single flat surface in their house has become a bookshelf (seriously…). Find out more at www.RoseannaMWhite.com.

Zilla the T-Rex

Zilla the T-Rex

Mascot

At the end of a long day, Zilla loves nothing better than curling up with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book. She especially enjoys science fiction, thrillers, and rom-coms. Zilla also spends time playing with children and eating other dinosaurs. Gold like chrism and named for Godzilla, she cheers us on while reminding us not to take ourselves too seriously.