The Book

I did a big thing, well I really did two things: I cut off my thumb, and I wrote a book about it.

The New Story Project

Everyone has experienced a life-changing moment or “dead-end” that gave them a good shake. I am sharing their story and celebrating the new story they have created for themselves. I call it The New Story Project.



Invite me to speak at your event! I speak about living a life with no “dead-ends” and finding your power after traumatic experiences.


About Karissa

I’m Karissa, a butcher turned author who cut off her thumb and learned to write about it. More recently, I have turned my attention to others who have experienced trauma, and I’m learning to write their stories–their new ones.

Let’s share some shit.

I bet your path has some interesting corkscrews, and I’d really like to hear about it and help you craft your story. If you have a story you’d like to share, I’d love to hear it. 

May I contact you to set up an Interview?

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Jordan Berry. Rebuilding His Identity After a 17-day Coma

Jordan’s story is intriguing. He had a lot of second chances. He made a ton of mistakes. And after coming out of a 17-day coma, he was determined never to end up there again.  After months of introspection in hindsight, Jordan realized he never took the time to...

Ken Retherford. Vowing to Always ‘Cowboy Up’

Ken is a stubborn son-of-a-gun. His story reminds us that sometimes we can just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. And as well all know by now, accidents happen. “Mechanics hands usually get pretty well beat up,” Ken shares with me after explaining the fifth...

Mel Rems. Recovering From a Stroke Before 30.

At 29 years old, she was blindsided by a stroke. Just 29 days after she moved to Hawaii. Hawaii. Paradise. An island she’d fallen in love with years before. She was ready to start a new life. She was ready to challenge herself: to grow, to move forward, to do...

Jason Giovannoni. A Tragic Fall Changed Everything.

Let me introduce you to Jason, a tall glass of water, this guy. MEOW! If you saw him in person, whew, those eyes, that smile, the energy radiating from his being, you too would think those I-could-just-drink-him-up thoughts. But let’s get on track here… Jason has been...

Karissa Block. Living Without Dead Ends.

Hello friends. I am debuting a little something I’ve been working on called the New Story Project. It’s going to be raw. It’s going to be real. But it’s also going to be fun! The whole idea behind this project came to life because of a devastating trauma I faced about...