I wrote the book as a form of therapy, to finally air out the demons of my past. Now to receive letters and emails from readers explaining how I have somehow inspired or helped them cope with their lives... it's very humbling.
—Marianne Curtis, Author of "Finding Gloria"
Finding Gloria is a memoir by Curtis. She was adopted at birth by a family in Southern Manitoba. She was
starved, beaten and hidden from others. After running away in her teens, Curtis became a ward of Child and Family Services.
She got married
at 18 and had four children by the time she was 24. She turned to writing as a way to banish the ghosts of her past.
People from all over the world have responded to Marianne's ability to overcome her own hurdles to achieve her own personal success. She has received orders for her book from across North America, and as far away as Europe and Australia.
"Who knew? I wrote the book as a form of therapy, to finally air out the demons of my past. Now to receive letters and emails from readers explaining how I have somehow inspired or helped them cope with their lives... it's very humbling," explains Curtis. "People I speak to at the events feel comfortable to speak about their own lives, some of this information they have kept bottled up for years. They say my book is giving them the strength to open up."
Marianne Curtis launches Finding Gloria
at 7:30 on Tuesday June 19 at McNally Robinson.SCENE asked Marianne to tell us five things she knows now that she wishes she knew when she was younger:
1. I now know that I have a purpose in my life - once upon a time, I believed I was useless, worthless and after being horribly rejected by two mothers, I had more proof than I ever needed. Now, I understand that my mother suffered from a mental illness and I was never the abomination she brainwashed me to believe I was.
2. I now know the truth - that my birth mother did not "throw" me away because I was such an awful person. That she really did love me and did what she had to do at the time. That it broke her heart to give me away.
3. I now know I was a victim - that my life was never meant to be the way it was. However, I also know that if I hadn't lead this life, I would not be the person I am today.
4. I now know the real meaning of forgiveness. That things happen in life that can be horrible and traumatic but when you truly love and believe in the goodness in people, you eventually see the truth and can forgive even what others may think is unforgiveable.
5. I know now that I am strong - I have always believed I was weak and powerless. That I didn't have a voice, and what I say doesn't matter. I have learned as a reporter and now, as an author, that I have a voice, my opinion does matter and ultimately, I matter. And for once in my life, people are listening to me. Listen to Marianne Curtis' interview with Ismaila Alfa, host of CBC's Weekend Morning Show from Sunday June 10: