My Memoir is Out in the World!


My memoir from Black Opal Books is now available through Amazon and other distributors.  I want to thank you all personally for believing in me, for letting me post on your blogs, for listening and encouraging me and for hanging in with me through the long road to publication.

You can order your own print or digital copy:

Order from Amazon

As a Nook Book from Barnes & Noble

EBook from Kobo

Print or ebook from Black Opal Books

Or you can order a signed and personalized paper back copy via Pay Pal by clicking on the buy button on the upper right-hand corner of this page.

But I have even more good news! I’m pleased to announce that my contest entry to was selected as an award winner. Now my story and the marvelous stories by my sister co-winners have been published in a two-volume anthology e-book series entitled TALES OF OUR LIVES (Fork in the Road and Reflection Pond.) My story is A Time to Lose, a Time to Heal and is the first story in Part 5 in Tales of Our Lives: Fork in the Road. The anthology is already an award-winner as an honorable mention in the New England Book Festival. You can order the anthology through Amazon:

Seasons of Our Lives: Fork in the Road

Tales of our Lives cover

I will be continue to provide updates and posts here so please stay tuned and thanks again for your support!





About marthagw

This blog features news about my memoir, Nothing Like Normal, Surviving a Sibling’s Schizophrenia, which was published by Black Opal Books in late 2015. In the meantime, it will also be a voice for myself and others who have faced mental health issues in their families or in their own lives. It will also feature my writing on a wide range of topics with original photos and posts. This is a new adventure for me so who knows what will appear! Join me on this journey and feel free to chime in.
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13 Responses to My Memoir is Out in the World!

  1. jzrart says:

    How exciting! I hope it goes well!


  2. dyane says:

    Congraulations! I have an inkling of how much of an enormous accomplishment this is, believe me! 🙂 Best of luck to you as your launch your book. I tweeted a link to this blog as well. take care, Dyane


  3. marthagw says:

    So what mountain area are you in? I think I remember a reference to Santa Cruz in your blog…

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  4. dyane says:

    I’m in Ben Lomond near Highlands Park! Nice & rainy this a.m. :))) I used to live on the westside of Santa Cruz for many years before we moved to the SLV to buy our first home…it’s much more affordable here (well, not for much longer) as you know! I LOVE the redwoods – Highway 9 speedy drivers, not so much! :0


  5. marthagw says:

    Hi Dyane! Yep, and the thunder was exciting too! We also moved to the valley for affordability but it also suits us…except the gloomy winters up here in Zayante! People race by too but not as many. I’m hoping you will be able to attend my book launch on Sat Dec 5 at 2pm at Bruno’s BBQ. You are most welcome to attend! Who is your publisher going to be?

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  6. dyane says:

    Hi again and sorry for yet another late reply…something told me to check here. I haven’t gotten notified by WordPress when you’ve replied, and I usually get a little notice when there’s a response, so I’m not sure what’s going on! Anyway, thanks very much for the invite to your launch – I’ll try to make it!

    Guess who (pre-purchased) bought your book last night??? Yep! Me! Hurrah! So exciting!

    My publisher is Post Hill Press based in – they’re relatively new but my direct boss worked at a couple major publishers (Random House, Simon & Schuster) before coming to Post Hill Press, so I feel like I’m in good hands.

    Looking forward to seeing your book on my Kindle tomorrow – please keep in touch! Congratulations once again! 💐 Dyane


  7. authorcrystalcollier says:

    HUGE congrats! *tosses cheese confetti* That’s amazing. I’m so happy for you! I think it takes some incredible courage to put out a memoir. I tossed around the idea of writing a book about my special needs brother who passed away. When I brought the idea up to my mom, she started correcting me and wanting me to change things, and that just wasn’t okay. It made me realize my siblings would have strong feelings as well, and that just wasn’t a battle I could fight. Maybe one day I’ll write it when no one is left to give me a hard time, eh?


    • marthagw says:

      Thanks, Crystal! My memoir actually came out at the end of 2015 but I’m revamping my website. I would really encourage you to write “just for you” and not solicit input from your family. You have your own path, your own grief, your own story to tell. Your siblings can write their own memoirs! If you complete it, then you can decide to publish it as is (with name changes) or maybe even water it down so publishing it is not so scary. I played it pretty safe in my memoir except in regards to my mom and grandmother who are gone. The rest of the family then gave me their blessings and even allowed me to use their names! There are lots of great resources for memoir writing on the web. I would recommend the National Association of Memoir Writers for inspiration. Best wishes to you, wherever your path leads!


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