Terry Helwig

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Terry Helwig, author of Moonlight on Linoleum: A Daughter’s Memoir, graduated with an MA in counseling psychology.  Before founding The Thread Project: One World, One Cloth www.threadproject.com in 2001, she specialized in women’s personal growth and spiritual development.  She and her husband Jim currently divide their time between the coasts of southwest Florida and South Carolina.

Photograph © Mandy Helwig

Books by this Author

Now in paperback—in the bestselling tradition of The Glass Castle and The Liar’s Club comes the captivating memoir of a young girl forced by her mother’s instability to care for her siblings.Even if others abandon you, you must never abandon yourself. This simple truth became Terry Helwig’s lifeline as she was forced to grow up too soon. Terry grew up the oldest of six girls in the big-sky country of the American Southwest, where she attended twelve schools in eleven years. Helwig’s stepfather...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. All shall be well!

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. I was always fascinated with Albert Schweitzer.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. A literal and totally irrational fear is being swallowed by a tidal wave. Go figure!

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I'm judgmental of people who are judgmental.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honest, kindness, curiosity.

Author Voices

December 03, 2012

I am delighted that my memoir MOONLIGHT ON LINOLEUM is a 2012 Grand Prix Selection for ELLE Magazine's Nonfiction Book of the Year. Cloistered in my office writing (and re-writing) for the better part of two years, I hoped readers would identify with the universal themes of love, forgiveness, abandonment and redemption clothed in the particulars of my story and the lives of my sisters. The bond of sisterhood forged between the six of us became a taproot from which we drew strength, comfort and belonging. If our story can inspire others, then the distilling of our lives onto paper was well worth the effort and risk of waking sleeping giants.

August 22, 2012

A comment I love hearing about Moonlight on Linoleum, is: "Your memoir reads like a novel." This comparison to literary fiction affirms the countless hours I spent constructing floor plans of our trailer house, perusing old photographs with a magnifying glass, locating marriage certificates and divorce decrees, interviewing relatives and friends, and creating an elaborate time line that spanned two decades. My voluminous research became the building blocks for vivid scenes in my memoir that anchored the action of our family's story.

Instead of telling our story in generalities (we lived in a trailer), I tried to invite the reader into our... see more

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