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Torrey Commisso, a counselor in South Orange County, took her struggles and found something beneficial.

Commisso wrote Surviving to Thriving: A Single Parent’s Practical Guide to Post-Divorce Fallout, a guide for helping parents recover from divorce in their first year, after going through her own divorce experiences.

“In September of 2020, I had five clients in the same week tell me I should write a book and thought that’s hard to ignore … one day,” Commisso said. “The next week, I went to a dear childhood friend’s funeral who passed away with no notice … and realized we are not guaranteed tomorrow.”

Photo: Ashley Minnich.

She started writing the first chapter after her children went back to school last fall and produced 50,000 words in three weeks. She signed an exclusive publishing rights deal with Amazon for the first 90 days for the Kindle, paperback and audio version of the book six months later.

“I’m am excited to see what’s next as I continue this journey of encouraging newly single parents to take the road less traveled (a poem that starts out the book),” Commisso said. “The book is very practical and problem solving-oriented, to encourage parents to be mindful as their world is falling apart, with a bit of humor at times.”

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