Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes but a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she dreamed of becoming an author when she grew up but became a nurse to avoid poverty. She later brought her two passions together and writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. Her debut novel, 'Blue Hydrangeas: an Alzheimer's love story' (2013), and is a Kindle bestseller, IndieReader Approved, a BookWorks featured book, a Library Journal Self-e Selection, and a 5-star Readers Favorite.
Blue Hydrangeas was inspired by a couple she met in her work as a hospital case manager. They were just one of the hundreds of couples and families struggling with Alzheimer's, dementia, and other health issues that she helped navigate through the healthcare system and social services. Two years after publishing a novel about Alzheimer's, she started living her story when her stepfather was diagnosed with three types of dementia. She became his Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney, and advocate, navigating the healthcare system and social services on her own journey.
Her experiences led her to reach out to other authors writing in the dementia genre to raise awareness of these illnesses and to put their books into the hands of those who need them for knowledge, guidance, and support. Their efforts resulted in a blog, AlzAuthors, which each week spotlights an author writing about the dementias. This includes memoir, novels, children's books, and professional guidebooks, many written by caregivers. To date, 100 authors have been featured and the blog is scheduled four months into the future.
Marianne has also published a Young Adult novel, 'Swim Season', based on 11 years' experience as a swim mom, and three short stories: 'Ino's Love, Collection', 'Daisy Hunter Story No. 1' and 'Birthday Party, Daisy Hunter Story No. 2'.
A native Bostonian, Marianne lives in the New York Hudson Valley with her patient and reliable husband and beautiful, brainy daughter. They are ruled by Mr. Chance, a cat they rescued who thinks he rescued them. She holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, is a graduate of the Licensed Practical Nurse program at Orange-Ulster BOCES, Goshen, NY, and received an Associate in Applied Science from Regents College, now Excelsior College, in Albany, NY.
When not writing, Marianne works as a campus nurse at a community college and teaches classes in independent publishing. She enjoys books, the beach, and craft beer, preferably all at the same time.
Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer's love story, is dedicated to the millions of people who are living with or have lived with Alzheimer's disease, their loved ones, and their caregivers. A special dedication is to the author's aunts: Gilda Cioto Grasso, Stella Kasica Vassell, Lorraine Kacy Kasica, and to her husband's grandmother, Laura Duvoli Salamone.
"Blue Hydrangeas traces a couple's struggle with Alzheimer's in an effective story that doesn't pull its punches, but remains compassionate and absorbing." - Liz Lynch for IndieReader
To get a copy of her book click here Blue Hydrangeas, a grasping story following a married couple's odyssey with Alzheimer's disease.
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