Tricia Jacobson

Tricia Jacobson is a social entrepreneur, writer, blogger, finance veteran, fierce child advocate, and author.

Nova: The Courage to Rise is Tricia's first book. 

Tricia Jacobson

Tricia Jacobson is a social entrepreneur, writer, blogger, finance veteran, fierce child advocate, and author.

Nova: The Courage to Rise is Tricia's first book. 

Nova the Courage to Rise
Intl Impact Awards Seal
International Impact Book Awards 2021 Young Adult WINNER Female Empowerment WINNER
Firebird Awards Seal
Firebird Book Awards 2021 Coming of Age 3rd place winner Young Adult Fiction 3rd place winner


The Courage to Rise

by Tricia Jacobson

with Marie Beswick Arthur

Nova: The Courage to Rise charts the exploration and inner growth journey of two teenaged old girls: down-to-earth Aurora and quirky Stella.

"I started on a journey to write a book in early 2020 that I felt inadequate to take. I had convinced myself that I was not a writer, let alone an author. But I was passionate and felt a conviction to do it.

I was (and am) passionate about inspiring and encouraging girls to thrive. Being the mother to four girls certainly contributes to this passion. This process—of creating the book and realizing my vision—confirmed for me that passion can take you places you can’t begin to imagine.

I went into this process naïve and blind to the publishing world. And I’m glad I did. It was hard at times. It stretched me in a way I wasn’t prepared for. Wow has it been a journey."

- Tricia Jacobson

Tricia is founder of the children’s clothing brand, Crossing Arrows, and the Beauty in Everything Foundation. It was through the growth of Crossing Arrows that Tricia realized she wanted to inspire and empower girls on a larger platform. 

And so the Beauty in Everything Foundation was created. Her passion is to empower girls to be courageous, kind, and to thrive in this journey we call life. Tricia has been active in her community through charitable organizations—with most of her volunteer work focused on child advocacy.

I am grateful to Marie Beswick Arthur, who took my vision of weaving in the life lessons I so passionately want my readers to be inspired by and made this story sing. You brought a level of creativity and storytelling to the characters’ narrative that was beyond my imagination. This book wouldn’t be what it is without you.
—Tricia Jacobson

Tricia in the Media 

Media Releases

Local Author Raises Funds for Girls Through New Book (Kansas City: December 2021)

Guest Articles by Tricia

Booksellers: Grab the sell sheet for Nova Here. 

Tricia's letter to readers of NOVA: The Courage to Rise

Like Stella, my grandfather played a huge role in my upbringing. My grandmother too. When I was eight years old, my grandfather loaded up his van with sacks of groceries and invited me to come along for the ride.

We stopped in front of the tiniest house I had ever seen. As we made our way to the front door, sobbing and crying filled the air. My grandfather knocked. I stood, frozen, unable to conjure up an explanation for the misery I could feel oozing through the cracks under the door and through the thin walls.

A small girl, perhaps three years old, opened the door. Her little face was streaked with fresh tears. When she saw our arms filled with sacks of groceries, she stopped crying, wiped her eyes, and said, “Food?”

Inside we found four children, the oldest a girl who appeared to be about nine. There were no parents present. The wailing stopped as each child in turn saw the goods we’d brought—canned beans, powdered milk, cereal, dried soups, pasta, rice, pasta sauce, and canned tomatoes.

I had never witnessed hunger or poverty like this before. It changed me forever.

In the basement of my grandparents’ home was a bedroom-sized room that we called the pantry. The walls were lined with shelves which were filled with food. They did this for one reason: when someone knocked on their door and asked for help, my grandparents had a stock of food to give. They were, in those years, the equivalent of a successful outreach program. A non-denominational, not-for-profit, humble organization of two people who loved others unconditionally.

My grandparents are the reason I pursued my passion for serving those who need someone to listen, a shoulder to lean on, a friend to support an idea, funds to restart, a wall to bounce a thousand balls of ideas off.

I've had the honor of getting to know girls just like Aurora. Girls who may not have had the connection they wanted from a mother, or parents, for a variety of reasons. Some of these girls have come through the foster system, some living with other family members, and some simply in a home with parents too busy working several jobs just to put food on the table or dealing with issues that eclipse their ability to parent effectively.

When I came up with the idea for this book, it was to find a way to help girls like Stella and Aurora—and you—learn to see the potential in themselves and their futures. To learn that you already have what you need, whatever your circumstances or your past. I hope you may find the inspiration in Stella and Aurora’s Questlisting to embark on your own quest and that you discover, in the process, that there is indeed beauty in everything, we just have to make a choice to see it.

And speaking of beauty in everything, that’s the name of my foundation: The Beauty in Everything Foundation. Here, we are committed to the development of girls and young women by giving them access to resources and the tools girls need to thrive.

We are obsessed with showing girls they are amazing, they are warriors, and to help them dream big dreams. Then we give them the tools to achieve those dreams. We are a group of passionate, driven, hard-working, and generous women who won’t stop until we inspire and empower a group of girls (a large group of girls, an insanely large group of girls) to be passionate, driven, hard-working, kind, and courageous. That is our goal. Our goal is to inspire and empower girls to think they breathe fire. Fire like Aurora’s streaming, flaming, gorgeous hair and Stella’s new-found burning desire to share with others what she discovered by speaking into her reflection in the spoon and turning that into a podcast.

Ready for your own quest? Go forth and breathe fire.


Available in eBook, paperback, and coming soon in audiobook.

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