HOME Marion Crook creates adventures, mysteries and practical books of instruction. She researches her fiction as carefully as she researches her nonfiction, interviewing people who meet challenges, hardship, joy and excitement.

 

I have travelled from the rural community of Arctic Bay to the Appalachian hills of Kentucky, continually seeking new ideas from the people I meet. I am , primarily, a writer, but I have been a rancher, public health nurse, researcher and a university teacher. I enjoy talking to writers who look for inspiration and tips about writing. The world of social meda allows us all more exciting exchanges between writers and readers. You are invited to participate on my website.

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The Adoption Conference

The Adoption Conference

  Nashville, Tennessee, a land of green trees, wonderful people and 94% humidity. The adoption conference, North American Conference on Adoptable Children was, as usual, full of committed men and women working hard to educate themselves on how to help children who need homes, parents…

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What does independence look like?

What does independence look like?

Young adulthood is a difficult time for parents of adopted children. We want our children to be independent, make adult decisions, and find their own way in the world. We want them to develop separate and deep relationships with others while still remaining close to…

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The Protracted Identity Years

The Protracted Identity Years

Excerpt from Chapter Five Not every child who is adopted has severe abandonment issues. When the issues are periodic and mild, we count ourselves lucky. When they are serious, their effects can be debilitating for the child and very hard on the family. One of…

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The Importance of Dads

The Importance of Dads

Except from Chapter Five of Thicker Than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World I was impressed with the depth of teens’ need for their fathers when I researched my first book on teen suicide. I interviewed thirty teens and found that twenty-seven of them had…

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Creating the family 2

Creating the family 2

Excerpt from Chapter Three of Thicker Than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World My sons’ birth certificates say they were born to me and my husband. This is a great relief, legally. No one can deny them access to their rights as a child of mine or…

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