Tori Terrizzi, Ph.D. has survived an angry rattlesnake, nearly drowning, crash-landing on a power paraglider, and skiing a black diamond glacier in Austria during a blizzard. But she’s most proud of surviving her family. Books saved her life. Tori now writes resilient stories for resilient readers with humor and sincerity in the hopes that they will help you on your own healing journey. Tori doesn’t just survive anymore. She thrives with her husband, two kiddos, a snuggly kitty, and a super chill bearded dragon in Central Florida, wakeboarding only occasionally over a curious alligator.


Ph.D. from Barry University (2005)
Specialization: Counseling/Marriage and Family

M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts (2022)
Specialization: Writing for Children and Young Adults

M.S. from Stetson University (2000)
Specialization: Mental Health Counseling

B.A. from Appalachian State University (1998)
Major: Psychology
Minor: International Business


Tori Terrizzi's manuscript, HEADBANGER, was chosen for a 2016 SCBWI Florida RISING KITE award, taking second place in the young adult category.