We can’t change the first few chapters of our life, but we can take back the pen and write our best story.


Hey there, I’m Carissa…

(the grown woman wearing rainbow shoes, reading a kids’ book)

I write because books saved my life as a child. They gave me an escape from my dad’s abuse and kept hope alive until I found my way out of the darkness.

I believe our mistakes, failures, and broken parts are what make us works of art and that each of us is a masterpiece-in-progress.

I believe there is great power in small flickers of hope, light, and love.

I also believe books change lives and every person – especially children – contain the capacity to change the world for the better.

And more than anything, I believe the world is a better place because you’re in it. Thank you for being. I’m glad you’re here.