Crissa Constantine taught classical piano and music theory at Capilano College in North Vancouver and then moved to Vancouver Island in 1994, where she had more time to pursue her dream of composing her own style of neo classical piano compositions. She has recorded 3 CDs of original piano pieces, most of them inspired by the beauty of nature.
Her mother always wanted someone to write about her turbulent life as a refugee from Stalin's Red Army, so Crissa interviewed her and got tips on how to write a true story in the style of a novel from SterlingHouse Publisher in Pittsburgh. Banished from the Homeland was published in 2000 and was internationally praised as a valuable symbol of the oppression of Eastern Europeans under the Soviets.
Crissa's second book, Broken Doll, (SterlingHouse) is loosely based upon the story of her friendship with a charismatic romance addict.
Crissa was diagnosed with Stage III invasive ovarian cancer in 2005 and underwent two major surgeries, chemo and radiation. During her chemo treatments, a counselor came to her house and urged her to stand in front of a mirror and say "I love you" to herself until she could say it with conviction. Positive thoughts in the brain have positive biochemical impacts on the whole body. When she finally learned to drop all her negative, self-critical baggage and to love and accept herself unconditionally, she felt so wonderful that she wanted to help others do the same. She feels that we humans are too judgmental for our own good, and that we waste far too much energy competing with each other in a destructive way instead of cooperating in an empathic way. Love and Accept Yourself Now--A Memoir, her third book, is aimed at everyone, not just cancer survivors.