Catrise Harris – Author of Scarred, But Not Broken


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What inspired you to become an author?

Journaling has always been therapeutic for me. I decided instead of me being the only audience, I needed to create a bigger audience than myself who could relate to my writing. Sharing real-life stories that men and women all across the world could relate too.

Tell us about your book

“Scarred, But Not Broken” is a whirlwind within itself. I share things that most people would hold inside. I figured if I could share my testimony and get one person to open up, I may just be able to help someone. I recently did an interview where the sign guy, as well as the videographer, were in tears behind the scenes. My story is touchy. I touch on molestation, abuse and success.

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What does success look like for you?

Success isn’t just about the financial part. Success is when you make a difference. I want to make a difference by sharing my creative thoughts, testimonies and accomplishments all at the same time.

What has been most challenging with entrepreneurship?

Being the owner of several businesses, my most challenge has been my I Am Catrise brand. This is my book author career. Not having the knowledge and know how to get book signing tours and etc to keep this part of the business going. I usually fund this business from my other businesses. I’m ready for my author business to succeed on its own.

What do you want people to walk away with from learning about your story?

How to turn your pain, into gain. I stopped victimizing myself over and over again. Know how to cope with your pain and get help. However, you can’t stay there. You have to make success happen. You must forgive your accusers to be able to move forward in life. The reward is so much greater on the other side.

What have you done to heal from the trauma that you have survived?

I completed therapy with one of the best here in Georgia. I forgave my accusers so I could move on.

I turned my pain into gain. I used my energy to become successful. I owned several businesses right here in Georgia.

Where do you see your life in the next five years?

I’m currently writing a #1 seller. “Dear Black Man It’s Okay To Cry”. I plan to have three more books completed. I plan to start a non-profit and hopefully married.


Catrise Harris, born Laquilla Catrise Harris, is a former model, owner of several businesses, and a survivor. Catrise lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her three beautiful children, and she enjoys spending time with her children, comedy for laughter, and music to feed her soul. Despite the adversities that she has faced in her earlier years, she has learned to rely on her belief in God and her love for her children to get her through.

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