Regina Calcaterra

#1 Best Selling Author | Speaker

Regina Calcaterra’s memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant story of resilience, perseverance and tenacity.

Regina Calcaterra

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#1 Best Selling Author | Speaker

Regina Calcaterra’s memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and triumph.

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The messages of Etched in Sand and Girl Unbroken have greatly impacted readers and audiences nationwide. Join our Journey!
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Amazon & Goodreads Reviews

Average of 4.5 Gold Star  ratings from over 19,380 Goodreads & Amazon Readers.

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Lives Touched
More: Older foster youth have been adopted; Siblings have been kept together in foster care; Awareness has been raised about the plight of parentless, homeless and foster youth.
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Speaking Opportunities

Inspiring, Powerful, Motivating and Unforgettable. Audiences from across the US have been reminded how they can forever impact the life of a youth in need.

Etched In Sand


Regina Calcaterra’s memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and triumph. A gut wrenching and gripping story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, one can rise above their past if they have the desire and the determination to succeed.

“Riveting reading from start to finish.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Courageous and Fascinating…We all have to believe [and] at the end of this unforgettable book, readers will.” – Publishers Weekly

Girl Unbroken

In the highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller Etched in Sand, Regina Calcaterra pairs with her youngest sister Rosie to tell Rosie’s harrowing, yet ultimately triumphant, story of childhood abuse and survival. Filled with maturity and grace, Rosie’s memoir continues the compelling story begun in Etched in Sand—a shocking yet profoundly moving testament to sisterhood and indomitable courage.“Courageous and emotionally intense” – Kirkus Reviews“…Told with bravery and strength… [Rosie] demonstrates that with a powerfully fierce will and the help of loved ones, joy and peace are possible.” – Publishers Weekly

Speaking Opportunities

By relating her own childhood experiences, Regina powerfully provides audiences with insight into how simple acts of encouragement and kindness can forever impact the life of a child in need. She compassionately reinforces that no child is a lost cause, and that the power of resilience and optimism can pull anyone through the toughest of times. By emphasizing the importance of education and self-confidence, she reminds us that, regardless of social status, there are enough resources available to rise above one’s circumstances.

Inspiring. Impactful. Motivating. Unforgettable.

Reviews from our readers

“I don’t even know where to start. This book is just that powerful. I’ve been putting off writing this review because I was trying to figure out how to put into words the impact it had on me and I’ve finally realized that I’m speechless. Absolutely speechless.”
- The BookWheel
"“Etched in Sand" blew me away! This is one of those books where the subject matter is incredibly intense but you will be absolutely drawn to this story.”
“Watch for a kid in trouble, and help in any way you can manage. The intensity of the subject matter needs to be exposed to the world, so children at risk have a say and those that are supposed to protect them are aware.”
– SS Lemke