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October - December 2012     VOLUME 16 ISSUE 4
 
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Cagan Library Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Author Gretchen Vanessa Morales
Claudia Piper

Author Gretchen Vanessa Morales shares the darkest moments of her life along with the shining inspiration she found while at her lowest point. To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, the author will be speaking and signing at the Cagan Crossings Community Library on Wednesday October 10th at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Morales holds a special place in her heart for the Cagan Library and its staff. Most of the new memoir was composed at the library. After the presentation books will be available for purchase and the author will be signing and personalizing each copy.

At one time in her life, Morales had lost her will to go on living. She was depressed and felt inadequate in everything she did. The Truth About Me looks at her life, drawing a line from all of the hardships she faced at a young age that led to her depression to the world of hope and fulfillment that she was able to find when she had reached her lowest.

Morales recognizes that her story of tragedy and hitting rock bottom only to turn things around and find success and happiness may be a bit hard to believe for people. “Things like this really do happen more than we realize,” she says. “Somewhere, somehow, everyone has felt a victim and wanted to break free. You can truly get thru it all with the help of good friends. Each person is truly stronger than they think. Have God in your life and He will show you the way.”

Gretchen Vanessa Morales was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She works as a musician and in musical theater in Orlando, Fla. She has been singing since the age of 5 and writing music since 17, and music is a major inspiration in her life. She enjoys performing and spending time with her three children.

The program is free sponsored by the Friends of the Cagan Crossings Community Library. For information call (352) 243-1840.