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My name is Carissa Mina

I like books

And art

And writing

I like strange things

And funny things

And dead things

I like clowns

(not the happy kind)

I am a daydreamer

And procrastinator

(only when it comes to writing)

I have a mustache typewriter

I have lots of notebooks

I have written in some of them

I write stories

Sometimes I finish them

Sometimes I don’t

I have a top hat

(It makes me feel important)

I steal picture books from my daughter’s library

She has more than enough to spare

I have lots of my own books

I will read them all

Someday

(maybe)

I am interested in many things

Like math

And science

And history

I plan to learn more about these things

Someday

(maybe...if I read the books)

I am a pen clicker

A slinky slinker

I have a troll on my desk

He is turquoise

I have magnetic finger puppet authors that stare at me while I write

They always look disappointed

I have two children

(they only look disappointed sometimes)

And two dogs

And one cat

(She is very old and annoying)

I have a husband

He is very cute

(and annoying)

I am a member of SCBWI

(Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustartors)

I am the ARA for the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter

(ARA stands for Assistant Regional Advisor)

I am also the SCBWI Rocky Mountain Chapter Social Media Coordinator

(Yes, that's me tweeting and instagraming on the RMC accounts!)

I have been to nine SCBWI conferences

At these conferences I have learned many things

One being that children's authors and illustrators are crazy

(in a good way)

I am working on two YA novels

And an adult novel

None of these novels are done because I am a basher

(if you know what a basher is, we would probably be friends)

I write short stories

I have five finished picture book manuscripts

And a zillion more I am working on

I will finish them all

Someday

(maybe)

 This is me when I was little. I was pretty cute.

This is me when I was little. I was pretty cute.

 This is me all grown up...notice the clown.

This is me all grown up...notice the clown.

 This is what my office looks like when it is clean. It is hardly ever clean.

This is what my office looks like when it is clean. It is hardly ever clean.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.”
— Dr. Seuss
“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
— Kurt Vonnegut
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”
— Neil Gaiman