Deanna Lueckenotte, BA, LBSW, CALM, LNFA – Author Interview

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Alzheimer’s Days Gone By: For Those Caring For Their Loved Ones is the title of my first book. It is a short concise and informative easy read for personal as well as professional caregivers. It is geared to help anyone taking care of someone with a dementia.

Tell us something about yourself.

I live in Harker Heights, Texas which is located in Central Texas area. This is my first book and I have been writing most of my life in some form or fashion. Never had thought about publishing anything until the last few years. I love to educate professionals and personal caregivers on Alzheimer’s as well as other dementias.

What inspired you to write this book?

My grandmother was diagnosed with “dementia” many years ago when I had first started in the long term care arena. I personally did not handle being a caregiver and I felt that if I was going to continue my career in this field I needed to learn all I could to help my families as a social worker in a nursing home. Also, guilt from the way I handled the situation with my grandmother fueled my motivation in the beginnig years.

How did you publish this book?

I decide to self publish my book through Author House. I did not want the name of my book as well as the short concise concept to be taken away so that is the main reason I did not try to find a publisher to help with my book.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

From the 3rd grade on I always was writing something. I remember my 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Bishop working with us children on a writing assignment. She had stated that when I published my first book to dedicate it to her. I included a dedication to Mrs. Bishop and also was able to see her in person and give her a signed autographed copy. It was amazing! I started writing Alzheimer’s Days Gone By because I felt there was such a need for an easy read concept in regards to Alzheimer’s. So many years I have watched caregivers write down as much information as they could from me while in my office. My husband is the true reason anyone is reading my book. He basically told me to stop talking about it and do it! Thank you to my husband Bryan!

What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?

Wow! That is a tough question. The hardest part of writing in regards to Alzheimer’s Days Gone By was to keep it short and concise. That was my goal from the start and I did not want to steer away from that. I would start writing and realize I was making the book way longer that I wanted so I had to go back many times to shorten without losing the content needed.

How do you do research for your books?

I researched via internet as well as already had accumulated so much information on Alzheimer’s through the 10 years of working in this arena. I have been educating on Alzheimer’s for almost 5 years through many different avenues. Also lots of my research has been done first hand through working in care settings that specialize in dementia including Alzheimer’s type.

Did you learn anything from writing this book? What?

Yes I learned some things from writing this book. I learned that it is a well needed tool for caregivers. I learned that writing a book takes time and that you need to bite off a bit at a time and not get discouraged if you do not meet the timeline you set for yourself. I also learned how great of a family I have. My husband and son were so supportive during this project. Friends have also been so supportive since my book has been published.

What are you reading now?

One of The Biggest Loser’s lifestyle books.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

I love to read self help books of any kind as well as light romance/drama books. Danielle Steele and Nora Roberts are my favorite authors. I love reading their books because it is a stress release outlet for me. Also they have the ability to get my mind to see the characters and surroundings in their books. Both these authors spend a great deal of time researching the setting of their books. I always feel like I am visiting an area I have not traveled to while reading their books.

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

I have not started working on it as of yet. My goal is to pay off the cost from the first book first and then I will start on the second one. I do know what I will be writing about. I can tell you it does involve Alzheimer’s!

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

My best advice is to believe in yourself and do not lose sight of the reason for writing your book. Write your goals down on paper. You have a better chance of obtaining your goals if you have them written down. Also do not get upset or frustrated if you do not meet one of your goals in the timeframe you wanted. All you need to do is change the deadline and keep moving forward!

What are you doing to promote your latest book?

I work in the long term care arena in Central Texas so I try to make sure that all my professional contacts are aware that I have a published book in regards to Alzheimer’s. Through years of marketing I have learned that it helps to have others spreading the great news with you. I reach out to as many media avenues as I can and do not get discouraged if I hear a no…that means I am one step closer to a yes! I promote my book through Author House where I self published. I offer educations professionally as well as personally for caregivers and I always have press releases with me along with my book.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

You can find Alzheimer’s Days Gone By at Barnes and Noble, Amazon or Author House online. Some bookstores are carrying it in the actual store. If they do not have it there you can ask them to order you a copy to pick up at your local bookstore.