Susan Frances Morris joins The Spotlight this week to talk about her memoir, The Sensitive One

Author Name: Susan Frances Morris

Book Title: The Sensitive One

Book Genre: Memoir

Release Date: Available Now

Publisher: She Writes Press

Welcome, Susan! Please tell us a bit about your memoir.

My memoir—The Sensitive One is a story of redemption—of a woman who manages to escape harrowing circumstances and start anew—but it’s also a story of how our legacy lives within us, and how healing from the adverse effects of childhood can truly take a lifetime.

What was your research process like for The Sensitive One?

Most of the research I did was related to ACEs (adverse childhood experiences). I had never heard that term before, and I wanted to learn more. 

I read many articles and multiple books on dysfunctional families, mental illness, domestic violence, childhood trauma, and what it means to be a sensitive person.

Any new writing projects in the works?

I am enrolled in the creative writing program at UCLA, and right now, I am taking my first class in Poetry and am loving it. I am writing articles for the Covey Club and Complex PTSD foundation. I think that’s where my strength is – sharing personal stories that offer hope and encouragement to others. I’m also working on another memoir, not titled yet.

Where can readers find you?

I have an author website, susanfrancesmorris.com, that contains information and events coming up. I blog about events that interest me and offer inspiration for others. Social media sites are on there. You can also order the book from there.

Thank you, Susan! The Sensitive One is OUT NOW. 

At age fifty, Susan Morris is diagnosed with breast cancer—and she’s floored. Desperate to pinpoint the cause, one night she decides to type a question into her search engine: “What are the risk factors of getting breast cancer?” She’s surprised to discover research showing that long-term exposure to stress and traumatic childhood experiences can both increase the risk of breast cancer.

The Sensitive One is a braided memoir that alternates between Morris’s childhood—as a sensitive child and then teenager who shouldered the burden of caring for her younger siblings as her dad’s alcoholism tore at the threads of their home life—and an adult who for a decade-plus has been living a trauma-free life with a caring husband and rewarding career in nursing . . . only to be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This is a story of redemption—of a woman who manages to escape harrowing circumstances and start anew—but it’s also a story of how our legacy lives within us, and how healing from the adverse effects of childhood can truly take a lifetime.

BIO:   

Susan Frances Morris was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, the second oldest of seven siblings with two sets of twins. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and was a practicing nurse from 1989 to 2011, primarily in Women’s Health.  The highlight of her career has been the time she spent at Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven Connecticut working in nursing management alongside international experts in the field of women’s health.​

She met her current husband, Bruce, in 1989. Her passions are walking and bike riding in nature, yoga, traveling, photography, and jewelry design. She has three grown children, four grandchildren. She lives with her husband and two dogs in Clifton Park, New York.