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The Non Fiction Book

Give a Book for Christmas That Supports a Cause

Author Therese Crutcher-Marin

Merry Christmas and Good Tidings to you and your family.

Books are always a great gift especially when it supports a cause.  Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s Disease (HD), is John and my love story while living in the shadow of Huntington’s disease. Book Reviews  

Lora, Cindy, Marcia Marin

HD is a rare, fatal, genetic brain disorder that has the symptoms of ALS, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson synonymously and has NO CURE100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book is being donated to the nonprofit, Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) to help in the fight against HD.  

The incentive to write my story was to honor my three sisters-in-law, Lora, Marcia and Cindy, who lost their lives to HD complications. Furthermore, the book heightens HD awareness, and, currently, 41,000 Americans live with the disease and over 200,000 live at risk. 

With that said, I ask for your Help in the Fight Against Huntington’s Disease by purchasing my nonfiction Watching the Dance Huntingtons Diseasebook.  Amazon-Watching-Their-Dance      BarnesandNoble-Watching-Their-Dance    thriftbooks.com   Author website: e-file $6.99purchase-book

I believe the world needs to hear HD families stories.

We Can Never Lose HOPE…………

 

Storytelling, The Non Fiction Book

Swirling Emotions After Learning the Marin Family Secret

I‘m continuing with the scene from Watching Their Dance, when Lora, Marcia and Cindy told John and I the family secret; their mother had Huntington’s disease.

This is the reaction I had when the Marin ladies gave us the news.

Page 16, sixth paragraph:

“I leaned back on the couch and took a deep breath as I felt this compelling information slowly registering in my consciousness, alerting my senses to danger.  A struggle crept into my mind, a primal instinct screamed, Run, but my heart said, Stay. I felt as if I were being pulled one way and then another, back and forth, back and forth.”

To read the first chapter of the book, please go to my author website, https://www.theresecrutchermarin.com  and sign up to receive my weekly blog and I’ll email the first chapter to you.

We Can Never Lose HOPE……….

 

 

 

On Writing, The Non Fiction Book

Three Years Ago My Dream Came True

Today, three (3) years ago my dream was fast approaching to become a reality; no longer did I have a manuscript, now I had a book (a proof copy of the book) that I could hold in my hand.  I remember going to the mailbox and taking the package out of the mailbox, walking back into the house, my hands shaking, afraid to open it, and my heart pounding in my chest.  John said, “Aren’t you going to open it, Therese?”  It was surreal holding Watching Their Dance and reading the words I had labored over for so many years.   Amazon http://amazon.com/author/theresecrutchermarin

For seven years, I’d traveled on an unfamiliar road that excited me; learning and improving my writing skills, finding camaraderie/support in fellow writers at Gold Country Writers Club and Sacramento Suburban Writing Club, and joining a critique group for three (3) years; I had to put on my tough skin to listen to their comments.

              

In 2015, after attending the San Francisco Writer Conference for the second time, I was ready to work with an editor to teach me techniques to improve my work.  Editor, Pam Feinsilber, taught me so much during those two years.  Many folks who have read the book have shared that they couldn’t put it down.

Pam’s Linkedin profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-feinsilber-08855b5/

On the March 10th blog, I’ll share my excitement on receiving the first order of my books!!

We Can Never Lose HOPE……

 

The Non Fiction Book

A Labor of Love

May is Huntington’s Disease Awareness Month

When I began writing the nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance, it developed into a Labor of Love, a new expression of my love for my three sisters-in-law.  After Cindy died in 2008, I was looking for something good and positive to come out of Lora, Marcia and Cindy’s struggle with Huntington’s disease. The idea of sharing our family’s experience with HD was born out of this tragedy.  What is Huntington’s disease?

John and I both mourned the death of each of sister even before they we gone from this world because Huntington’s disease shrinks the brain and dementia and cognition problems occur.  Both Marcia and Cindy’s eyes were vacant the last years of their lives and I still tear up when I think about it.   Info on grief and loss:  https://www.centerforloss.com/2016/12/journey-grief-six-needs-mourning/ 

I worked on the manuscript for seven (7) years, learning the craft of writing, attending writing conferences, seminars and in 2015 I began working with an editor and published in April 2017.  Writing John and my story and publishing it was the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life and I’m very proud of the accomplishment.  At the same time, it’s the hardest thing I’ve every done except for giving birth to my children, Keith and Vanessa, which also was a labor of love.  

Therese will be selling her memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, at HDSA Annual Convention, June 7-9.  The book is available on her author website  https://www.theresecrutchermarin.com   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format. 100% of the profit from the book is donated to HDSA. 

Therese and John donated $9,015.00 to Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) which was the profit from her book since she published in April 2017.

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