What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.
Alzheimer’s A Caretakers Journal
I took care of my father in law while he was dealing with that terrible disease called Alzheimer’s. I had kept a journal, and sent out e-mails to loved ones so that they could see his progress. I learned so much while I took care of him, that after he passed away, I decided I needed to make my journal into a book so that I could help others with this same situation. This book is about the daily trials and tribulations of taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. It is a tale of thoughts, stories, anecdotes, as well as feelings of helplessness, guilt, happiness, and sorrow. Sometimes a caretaker feels very isolated – the world, after all, doesn’t stop, despite the sense that your world is frozen in time. I’m hoping that this book will offer comfort to those who find themselves in that world.
Tell us something about yourself.
I am the mother of five and the grandmother of six. I also work as a paramedic. I do at times run 911 calls. But my love is when I am working interfaculty which means I run calls out of nursing homes. I have seen many people who are trying to deal with a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s with no patience. But then, they have never really dealt with a loved one like that before so they can’t put their feet in the shoes of the patient. So I am happy when I get the call for the dementia patient so I can use kit-gloves with them, combined with compassion and kindness.
How did you publish this book? Why did you decide on that publisher?
I knew little about publishing, so I got the Writers Market and looked for agents and publishers and made query letters, with SASE, and got them in the mail. I got so many rejections that I thought it meant it was not to be. Than a year later I got a call from James A Rock Company and they wanted to publish my book. I found out it cost me some money, and not really understanding why, I sent them the money anyway and got the ball rolling. His wife Lynne had a lot of patience with me and we edited the book for a year. She had great suggestions, for pictures and letters to be put in, and all of a sudden my book was ready. I was so thrilled to see my journals in print. I went to all the book stores in town and they had put them on their shelves. Only once they sold them they didn’t replace them up again. Ugh. But that is alright. I did a lot more than I had ever expected.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I am now working on a couple of YA books. I have a couple of stories in my head and have been putting them on paper. One is about a teen-ager coming of age, and finding love. The other one is about the St Valentines Massacre, and yes it is going to be fiction about young love. I am also in the process of looking for agents and publishers as we speak.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
If you have something to say, put it down on paper. Then don’t give up on it. Edit, edit, edit, than look for that publisher. You can always self publish also and still have a voice. A lot of self publish books make it very well in the market. It is a matter of taste who will publish it and one person may not like it and another one will love it. Don’t give up.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?