Claire Hitchon’s Journey Through Trauma Now Shared in New Memoir, First of Two

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‘Finding Heart Horse’ emphasizes importance of recognizing one’s own resilience, strength, courage in order to survive, move forward.

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A story of hope, survival and the strength of the human spirit when faced with horrific adversity.

A first prize winner in the Hay House Nonfiction Writing Contest, “Finding Heart Horse: A Memoir of Survival” (published by Balboa Press), from new author Claire Hitchon, is a story of hope, survival and the strength of the human spirit when faced with horrific adversity.

“Finding Heart Horse” explores the life and heart of an adopted girl, struggling to find the place she belonged and the family she never knew. “I ran from abuse at age 15 to live on the streets of Yorkville in Toronto in the late ’60s,” Hitchon writes. “The dream of someday owning a wild horse kept me going as I weaved my way through every subculture imaginable, drugs and violence, rapes, incarceration, death and loss, all in the hopes of finding where I belonged, where I fit in and felt loved and wanted.”

Readers who think there is no hope, or anyone who has experienced trauma, will be able to peel back the layers of “Finding Heart Horse”: the self-hatred, the pain and the confusion of life, and know that they too can surface to find their own “heart horse,” the one thing that gives them courage to keep going.

“People can and do change and there is always, always hope,” Hitchon assures her readers. “We each have, within us, a perfect being, a perfect heart and strength to draw on, as we unravel the layers, digging through the dirt, only to discover the diamonds were there all along.”

“Finding Heart Horse”
By Claire Hitchon
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781452586090
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 230 pages | ISBN 9781452586076
E-Book | 230 pages | ISBN 9781452586083
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
After working for many years as a registered nurse, Claire Hitchon now lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, surrounded by the energy of the mountains and ocean she loves. Recently diagnosed with a rare mast cell disease, she continues to write, advocating for youth and adoptees.

Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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