What inspired you to write your memoir?
I didn't start out writing a book per say, the book happened later on. I was inspired by, or what got me to write and see on paper, all the horrible things I’d done, been through, and almost lost my life twice from addicted gambling. I share in the beginning of my book, Addicted To Dimes, why I wrote my book. It was after I read a newspaper article about a woman who committed suicide in her Casino Hotel room due to her gambling relapse. They rest? You’ll have to read my book for the “rest of the story” . . . .
About your Book:
How does a good girl go bad? Based on the author’s true story, told in the author’s own words, without polish or prose, this haunting tale of addiction, family secrets, abuse, childhood sexual trauma, destruction, crime and, …. triumph in Recovery! Sharing hope one book at a time, one page at a time. Learn and read about this remarkable woman’s brave story. You then will know, gambling addiction is a real illness.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
Well, it kind of got decided for me by my editor, Julie Hall, and my publisher, the Kodel Group, Grants Pass, Oregon. They both told me my story needed to be out in book form to help others who suffer from problem or addicted gambling.
How do you see writing a Memoir as different from writing other genres of books?
My writing process was very was for my first book, and now my second and third books, it's not complicated. I am old school with writing. I just start writing in notebooks, doing research and used many of my own journals. My editor is very good at what she does. So I leave it to her to put in word.doc form and we meet to go over each section. I also don't use traditional chapters or a table of contents in my book. I used sections with interesting titles for each. I wanted my book to flow easily for readers as if we were just having coffee and I was sharing my life with them. It had worked as I have had many compliments about how I structured my book.
Catherine Townsend-Lyon is Kodel Group’s best-selling author of her shocking debut memoir, “Addicted To Dimes, Confessions of a Liar and a Cheat.” She is currently is currently writing her follow up books two and three due out late 2016.
Catherine is a passionate gambling recovery advocate and shares her message through many platforms. She is the new columnist for “The Author’s Cafe” at In Recovery Magazine and freelance writers for many recovery publications like “Keys To Recovery” and “Addicted Minds.” She has been included in mainstream sites like ‘Columbia University article ~ “Gambling With America’s Health” by the 2×2 Project and soon in Time.com magazine’s health section.
She lives in sunny Arizona Via Southern Oregon with here husband and three kids (Kitty’s), Mr. Boots, Mr. Simon and Miss Princess. Catherine is also a book and social media promoter for other fine authors her home-based business, “Lyon Book Promotions”