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I happened to see this quote “Instead of saying, "I'm damaged, I'm broken, I have trust issues" say "I'm healing, I'm rediscovering myself, I'm starting over.” After reading your life story, I now know what this means. Thank you.


Hi there! I'm at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the fantastic work!

Imelda Anson

It's such a sad but yet inspiring book. It's great to see that the cycle was broken by a woman who didn't continue but loved her children. It gives such great insight on abused victims. We never
understand the reasoning behind why they stay with their spouses, but this gives us some explanation. Couldn't put the book down.

A. Splitz

The title of your book caught my eye so I ordered it from Amazon. Once I started reading I could not put it down. Such an inspiring story. You are an amazing woman. I am recommending it to all of my friends and family.

Sarah Hudson Jones

I have never been a huge reading fan, but when my dad showed me the artical in the Corsicana Daily Sun about you and your new book I realized I needed to read it. As you know I was very young when we all went to church together, but I remember you being a friend of my parents. When your young like I was you never see the whole picture of the world someone is living in. Even as a child I remember the feeling of something not being quite right when we would come to visit. I remember the house you lived in and how bored I would get when we came to visit because your kiddos were so much older. I just knew that you were so nice and happy to see me and how you would always take me in and show me Terry's puppets. I thought they were so neat! I really enjoyed your book and finished it in 2 days. It was good to see that Jep saw the same love in my dad that I have and that he felt comfortable talking with him. I'm very greatful for the wonderful parents I have. I would have never known the horror you lived in daily growing up or being married to Jeff. The best part of the whole book was when you spoke of reuniting with your kids, Pam, and your grandchild. I can't imagine the void you felt not being able to see them. You did an awesome job and my best wishes for everyone in your family to grow closer and continue healing in the future.


I am an avid reader and because of my hectic schedule I very seldom find a book I cannot put down but this book proved to be one of those. It is compelling and heartbreaking yet heartwarming and encouraging all at the same time. Bravo Marie for an excellent job and for having the courage to stand up for yourself and your children and tell a very difficult story. I applaud your bravery. I will be spreading the word amongst my friends and family that Keeping Laughter Alive is a must read!!

John P. Flannery

As a former federal prosecutor, I've seen firsthand how inhumane people can be to one another. Marie reveals her personal story of suffering with such care that you feel you are there with her, yet
helpless to interfere and unable to stop the abuse that you're observing. Marie has rendered us all a service describing the abyss of abuse and how she climbed up out of that dark place to give others the courage to do the same.

Beth Ann Reardon

What a story! I read the book in less than 2 days. Marie has suffered so much yet her spirit conquered her fears and insecurities. I really admire her will and determination as she refused to give up. You're an extraordinary woman and I believe this book will inspire many women out there who have been victims of abuse. Thank you so much for sharing your life as it must have been so difficult to relive your past.

Lucy Wang for IndieReader

KEEPING LAUGHTER ALIVE is a no holds barred account of one woman’s courage and strength to break free from a lifetime of abuse.

Abuse, Fator notes, like a bad gene, can be passed down from one generation to the next. So, sadly it is not shocking to learn that Fator’s troubles began in the womb, her mother’s womb, when her own
mother wishes her unborn daughter dead to spare her from an abusive father. And the legacy of suffering to come.

This memoir feels epic in its weight and volume, detailing countless travails and feats. Fator travels from the hands of an abusive father to an abusive husband. Like Odysseus, Fator will be tested
in many inhumane ways – physically, emotionally and spiritually. When Fator decides to pursue a divorce, she will lose everything, including seeing her children for six years. It’s incredible, and
incredibly inspiring to discover how much one person can bear and still be so positive. Overall, this memoir probably could have benefited from a little more editing and tightening, but that is a
minor quibble.

KEEPING LAUGHTER ALIVE is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Kudos to Marie Fator for triumphing over her unbelievably difficult circumstances to help survivors of abuse.

Chet LaGrone

"Marie's account of her family history and life struggles are powerfully told in a matter of fact manner that keeps flowing from beginning to end. How many have endured similar experiences and never had their story told or the courage to break free from the oppression of an abusive relationship? This book may give strength to those caught in a situation such as this and maybe give them the impetus to break away and lead a normal life. Please share this book with others. No telling who you may inspire."

Mark Envani

I could not put your book down. It was funny, tearful, heart-wrenching, sad, and powerful and I loved it! Though i have known you for years, I've had no idea whatsoever. You are remarkable, Marie.

Anita L.

I just finished reading your book – speechless...

Shannon Brier

Wow! Your book was an eye-opener. Most people think only a certain segment of society experiences domestic abuse. So glad you found the courage to write your life story - it must have been hard at times in reliving your difficult past. Happy for you that you are feeling like your normal self again. Your book was an excellent read.

Fran Lewis

I have known Marie for some time and she first struck me as a confident, happy individual that could tackle any situation. After reading her book, the part about tackle anything had new meaning. This book is a must read because it addresses a subject that many people don't know anything about. Why would you if you were raised in a happy, well-rounded family? My eyes are open and I want to do more to help others experiencing this type of abuse.

Isaiah M

Your book was very well written and held my interest from start to finish. I believe it will help and encourage a lot of people.

Sharleen P.

Marie has been a dear friend of mine for few years now and I would never have guessed her struggles. "Marie's story had me hooked from the beginning. such a powerful story that gives hope to the seemingly hopeless."

Edward Satz

Once I started reading your book, I couldn't put it down. Inspiring story. You are an amazing woman. I am buying several books to give to my children and other family members. It's a book everyone should read.

Pauline Stillman

I just finished reading 'Keeping Laughter Alive'. It is so well written that it keeps one's interest. Your endurance in a marriage of such violence for so long is amazing. I loved the input by your
family and the support that you got must have made it that much more rewarding for you to have completed such a painful retelling of your life with a man that behaved in such atrocious fashion. Thanks again Marie for enabling me to read your story.

Sharon Greenhorn

"I just finished reading your book. What a story. My parents were both abusive. My father was a very mean alcoholic and I have been too embarrassed to talk about it. Your book helped me realize that I have nothing to be embarrassed about. Thank you for sharing your story."

Vanessa Lourdes Tapia

I got on her website and checked out the excerpts - wow, I bought the book a few days ago. Marie has been to hell and back; yet she has steadfastly remained positive throughout her life. She looks at a cup as "half full" rather than "half empty". What a strong, remarkable woman! I'm officially a fan of hers. Thank you for writing this book

Cindy Stark

Oh, Marie, I have just read the excerpts of your new book! I will buy your book very soon! I can't wait to read your story! I believe your book, will save many lives!
Congratulations, Again!


Considering all the insecurities because of the abuse she suffered throughout her childhood and then the abuse thrown at her by her horrible ex-husband, Marie hung on to her inner strength to keep her going. Her kids will never be able to thank her enough but they sure should try. Excellent book!

T.C. Whitehead

What you see presently in Marie and her children is a true testament to her willingness to do whatever it takes to make a better life for them. Her love for them and her grittiness with all the trials and tribulation coming at her makes you marvel at what a strong person she is. Everybody who knows her should be so proud of - especially her children! Her children should appreciate and cherish what a wonderful mother they have. This book will help so many people!

Jill T. Dosier

I am usually pretty slow to finish a book but honestly, I couldn't put it down! This is such an amazing story about how choosing you attitude can really make or break you. The author was so brave in all of the different situations in her story and even more courageous to re-live and publish these hard times. I highly recommend this read and wasn't ready for it to be over!

Candy Doliber

I have not read your book yet but I just wanted to say that I was in a relationship for 25 years that was very abusive physically and mentally. I have been out for 8 years now. I had to learn how to
talk to people, how to make conversation and how to live life it self. I moved 3000 miles away to get away from him. I Thank my counselor and my best friend for everything that they did and do. My life has changed so much. It took a long time and patience from them both but I would not be here without them.

Debbie B. Acer

Every page kept me mesmerized. Marie's life is a perfect commentary in how abuse, if not confronted and stopped early in a relationship, merely escalates and in the end the victim is left with nothing but pain and regrets. This book shines a bright light into every corner of a subject very few people are willing to talk about and admit to.

Karin D.

I’ve read many different kinds of books and yours was one of the best. Yours gripped me and made me feel like I was living it with you.

M Johnson

I have known and been friends with Marie Fator for almost 23 years. Her accomplishments never cease to amaze me. For instance, owning and operating a house restoration business, managing a widely popular country show-band and selling real estate. She proved to be successful at all three.

So, it is no surprise to me that she has now written a revealing expose on abuse that is not only revealing and entertaining, but encourages people to put a stop to abuse when it first begins.

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