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
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
I have been to six 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 a YA novel
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 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 now. Notice the clown.

This is me now. Notice the clown.

This is my studio when it is clean. It is hardly ever clean.

This is my studio 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