Blog - where we write stuff

Marion Witte grew up on a farm on the North Dakota prairie in the 1950s, where she lived with her mother, father, older brother and younger sister until she was 18. In her compelling memoir, Little Madhouse on the Prairie, Witte vividly describes how abandonment, alcoholism, abuse and unhappiness plagued her family for generations, creating a perfect storm of child abuse. Witte’s great compassion and clear-eyed perspective elevates Little Madhouse on the Prairie beyond a story of violence. We learn of her parents’ and grandparents’ grueling struggles as they scratched out livings on the harsh Mid-western plains, where lessons were taught by beatings and children were seen, never heard. Witte finally escaped her misery by going to college, where she excelled academically and graduated in three years at the top of her class with a degree in business administration and accounting. She passed the CPA exam while a junior, becoming one of the youngest CPAs in the country that year. Yet even as her career soared she was haunted by the emotional damage she had suffered as a child. In 1991, she began the long road to psychic repair. In 2005, Marion sold her successful business interests to provide the funding necessary to pursue her passion – empowering children. She established the Angel Heart Foundation, whose vision is “All Children Deserve A Safe and Just World.” Witte lives in Camarillo, California, not far from her daughter, Angela.




Wise Owl Publishing, Inc. is a registered California corporation with its corporate office located in Camarillo, California.

We specialize in works of inspiration, healing and transformation.


Group Discounts

If your organization is involved in one of the following areas, contact us for volume purchase discounts:

  • Social work
  • Children’s rights advocacy
  • Abuse and neglect prevention
  • Therapeutic and healing services
  • Education
  • Child protective services and law enforcement

Book Clubs

Book clubs are encouraged to access our Book Club Discussion Topics for suggestions about material that can be used by their members. We are currently offering a discount to book clubs on purchases of 25 or more books.

Book Club Discussion Topics

Interested parties should contact us for more details.

A Compelling Read

Marion Witte’s book is a compelling and inspiring read.  She tells the haunting story of her abusive childhood and takes us on her journey as she gradually gains insight into the ways that the abuse she experienced affected her self-image and behavior as an adult.  Most importantly, through sharing her path toward recovery and healing, she shows all of us who have experienced trauma in childhood that, through our personal work and commitment to heal, we can learn to be healthier, happier people than we may have thought possible.

MBD, Los Angeles, California

Share Your Thoughts