Carissa has been writing professionally for nearly 20 years, working as a public relations copywriter, as a newspaper journalist and blogger, and as a magazine feature-story writer and columnist for publications both domestic and abroad, including the United Kingdom and Egypt.
During her career, Carissa has covered arts, education, business, government, entertainment, and religion for regional and national audiences, including 13 years with The Houston Chronicle. She also spent a year living in and blogging about her experiences in Marrakech, Morocco, Africa.
Carissa is originally from Louisiana. She attended the University of Louisiana – Lafayette, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts degree with a double major in journalism and English.