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Soquel Journalist Turns to Fiction

Terri Morgan, a freelance journalist, went looking for a writing project while caring for her terminally ill husband. She found the fictional memoir Playing the Genetic Lottery.

 
 
Playing the Genetic Lottery by Terri Morgan (Silverdarts Press)
Playing the Genetic Lottery by Terri Morgan (Silverdarts Press)
PRLog - Feb. 20, 2013 - BOGART, Ga. -- After hearing from a friend about a woman who grew up with two schizophrenic parents, Terri Morgan, a freelance journalist, felt compelled to explore the human nature story. However, after authoring eight non-fiction titles, she turned to fiction to tell it.

Playing the Genetic Lottery is a fictional memoir of a young woman who ran away from home at fifteen and changed her name to escape her chaotic childhood. But, with two schizophrenic parents, she knows the odds are not in her favor. Though now married with her own family she worries about what lies within her DNA. Will she develop the disease that robbed her of a normal childhood? Will her children be the next victims of the family curse?

Terri applied her journalism training to meticulously researching the topic and reviewers agree that Caitlin’s story could easily be true.

"Although I have treated many schizophrenic patients and their families I still found that this personal narrative very touching and illuminating," Heather B. Cattell. Ph.D, clinical psychologist and author of The 16: Personality in Depth.

"I recommend this book to readers interested in a realistic portrayal of schizophrenia and characters that will stay with them well past the final pages," Allizabeth Collins, The Paperback Pursuer.

Terri Morgan’s goal was simple when she began writing Playing the Genetic Lottery: create a page-turner that would explore the question of the influence of environment and genetics on one’s behavior through an engaging novel. By the time she finished it, she had a new passion. She hopes Playing the Genetic Lottery will help educate people about schizophrenia, how it can be treated, and how family members and close friends are impacted when a loved one is ill, as well as entertain readers. To meet this goal, Terri donates $1 of every paperback sold through terrimorgan.net to mental health research. Also, she will be offering the ebook for free through Amazon, February 20, 21, and 22.

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Playing the Genetic Lottery published digitally first November 2011 by Silverdarts Press is also available in Paperback (March 2012, 388 pages, $14.99) at major and independent booksellers in the US and UK. Contact: GWR Publicity, donna@girl-who-reads.com

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