Announcing Pitch Week XXIII Winner: Nancy Ferraro!

Are there some things Mommy just can’t fix? When the Bough Breaks, a memoir, is a mother’s story of heartbreak, courage, and redemption.

When Nancy Ferraro adopted a little boy from Romania, she was full of dreams for the life she would give a disadvantaged child and how he would complete her little family. She thought she was giving her son a little brother.

George arrived in the suburbs of New Jersey a mentally handicapped, feral child; a wild animal in the body of a boy. The violence he rained down on his new family nearly destroyed the author and everything she believed motherhood was supposed to be.

The author does not claim to be an angel, a victim, or a hero … just a mom who, whether by happenstance or mistake, was plunged into a nightmare and lived to tell the tale. Nancy Ferraro tells her story with raw honesty, courage, and the light moments that make the horrific bearable. She sheds light into that dark place where there seems to be no end to our children’s troubles. When the Bough Breaks welcomes you to her journey.

Nancy Ferraro lives in Florida with her attack Chihuahua, where she runs her Estate Planning law practice. She is a member of the Authors Guild, and has been published in Charleston City Paper, Virginian Pilot, and others. She received her first rejection letter for her writing at the age of nine. Her next book, Lust in an Elevator, is a humorous geriatric love story.

“Spending a week in the company of talented wordsmiths, my colleagues and competitors, was a heady experience. We encouraged each other to put a fine point on our efforts, to focus our thinking, not on just the writing, but the entire world of authorship. We formed lifelong friendships. Combine that with the rare experience of being surrounded by rockstars of the publishing industry, who were there to teach, encourage and challenge us to be better authors. This intensive gave all of us the confidence to go forward and trust the gift of our storytelling natures, and to recognize the need to continue to tell stories.”

Meet our other Pitch Week XXIII finalists here.

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