Scottsdale author wins award for ‘Quitting’

Posted 10/30/20

Her book “Quitting to Win,” won Crystal Waltman first place for Health Book of the Year and an Academy Boon of Merit award at the 2020 Author Elite Awards.

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Scottsdale author wins award for ‘Quitting’


Her book “Quitting to Win,” won Crystal Waltman first place for Health Book of the Year and an Academy Boon of Merit award at the 2020 Author Elite Awards.

An honor for literacy merit and publishing excellence, according to a press release, hundreds of thousands of authors worldwide are nominated for their work in 16 categorie, including the fourth generation Arizona native.

Entries were reviewed and evaluated by a panel of judges where the winners were announced via a virtual Facebook Live event on Oct. 23.

“Quitting to Win” is about Ms. Waltman’s triumph over tragedy story through sports, spine surgery, addiction and sobriety, the release said, noting that Ms. Waltman battled alcoholism for over 25 years, starting at the age 14.

She shares her “raw and honest life” in her book, published on July 7, said the release of Ms. Waltman, who has received messages from readers daily about how it helped them start the conversations of uncomfortable life lessons and topics with family members and friends.

“My book was up against hundreds of books from authors throughout the world and I’m truly honored to have won this award,” said Ms. Waltman in a prepared statement.

“I wrote this book as my way to recover out loud and spread a message of hope to others that are struggling with substance abuse and mental illness.”

In “Quitting to Win,” she shares her proven plan of how to find and keep emotional sobriety for those suffering from anxiety, depression and addiction, the release said.

Ms. Waltman, detaled the release, aims to address substance abuse and addiction throughout the nation to help remove the shame and stigma attached to addiction, alcoholism, as well as raise awareness to mental illnesses.

She designed the book to as a guide for small groups with discussion questions in the appendix, noted the release.

“In addition to the award-winning book, I’m planning to release the audio book version before end of the year. I’m also featuring on online course called “Eating to Win” in correlation with the Quitting to Win movement,” Ms. Waltman said.


Crystal Waltman,