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Interview with Elaine C. Pereira-Author of I Will Never Forget


Amazon and publisher synopsis:

I Will Never Forget is the incredible true story of the author Elaine ’s talented mother’s poignant and often humorous journey through the mystifying haze of Dementia. Through superb stories of Elaine’s childhood, from her controversial name, tales of smoking’ dragons and the feisty teenage years, her mother Betty Ward’s wonderful character is revealed.

Over time, as their relationship evolves and a new paradigm is formed, Betty begins to exhibit goofy actions, uncharacteristic verbal assaults and bizarre thinking.  Although clearly mystified by her mother’s irrational behaviors, Elaine does not appreciate the extent of Betty’s mental decline.  Her amazing ability to mask the truth clouds Elaine’s vision and prolongs her denial until one cataclysmic explosion of reality over an innocuous drapery rod launches a waterfall of destructive events.

As her mother’s brilliant mind is steadily destroyed by Dementia’s insatiable appetite for brain cells, Elaine accompanies her mother on her journey.  She witnesses Betty’s fascinating visions of her own mother, masterful Houdini-like disappearances and finally a stunning rally to take control of her own destiny.

I Will Never Forget is a heartwarming, humorous, honest and deeply moving story pertinent to everyone touched by the insidious effects of Dementia.  Learn from Elaine’s unwitting mistakes as she weaves her way through her mother’s unpredictable disease to capture insightful and effective intervention strategies.

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Bio Elaine C Pereira

Elaine Pereira retired as a school Occupational Therapist with more than 30 years experience in pediatrics and a decade in adult home care.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University in OT and her Master’s in Liberal Arts.  Pereira maintains her OT licensure and holds Certifications as a Dementia Caregiver and Practitioner. She and her husband Joseph live in southeastern Michigan with their two big dogs Bailey and Maddee and Snoopy the cat.  Together they have five adult children, Elaine’s twin daughters and Joe’s three sons and five grandchildren.

I Will Never Forget-A Daughter’s Story of Her Mother’s Arduous and Humorous Journey Through Dementia is Elaine’s first book, a memoir in tribute to her amazingly talented mother.  Pereira writes for, Alzheimer’s Reading Room, Endear For Alzheimer’s and a variety of guest blog posts.  She has been featured in four television spots, Fox 2 Detroit, Living Dayton and Fox 45 Dayton and The Best of Aging magazine, April 2013 edition.

Her hobbies include golf, sewing, hand-craft projects and gardening.  She has traveled extensively throughout the United States and world wide including Europe; Madeira, Portugal; Australia; Seoul and Hong Kong.

Now she networks extensively to advance Alzheimer’s awareness and donates from each book sold to Alzheimer’s research.

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Elaine, Keep Calm and Answer These 24 Questions

1. What is your favorite color?      Red

 2. Where were you born? Where did you grow up?    Kalamazoo, MI

3. What is your favorite football team?   Michigan State Spartans.  I prefer college football to the pros

4. Who is your favorite author?    Me, of course!  But second would be Baldacci or Grisham.  I like mysteries.

5. What is your favorite book?   Mine, of course! I Will Never Forget!  But in second place would be Steel Magnolias although technically it was a screenplay.

6. What do you do when you are not writing?  Marketing my book.  Honestly I hope to nab a book deal, enough to cover my ghastly out-of-pocket expenses and then I can focus on seriously donating to Alzheimer’s and expanding awareness.

 7. Do you have a day job as well?  I retired in 2010 as an Occupational Therapist.  I continue to hold my Michigan license and National Registration and stay current especially with advancements in neurological issues including Alzheimer’s.

8. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?     In brief, just start!  Start somewhere!  Anywhere!  Write what you know or what you’re passionate about.  If you have a fictional story but it resonates with you, draft it!  Personal events require less research but more emotion. The editing and endless tweaking will take care of itself through your own skill or constructive criticism from others.

 9. Is being a writer a curse or a gift?  Usually a gift unless life with and around others stops for too long while you hermit in a cocoon writing.  Don’t forget to smell the roses as it were.

 10. Where do you write?  At the kitchen table which is in our big, well-lit sunny breakfast nook area.  In the winter I huddle near the heat vent often with the cat on my lap annoyingly interfering with ergonomic keyboard access. Usually my laptop is ON my lap, but not when the cat occupies it.  In the heat of summer that room is a bit too toasty so the dining room table or our bedroom works best.

11. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Both.  White noise, the TV and music are fine.  Total silence sometimes is distracting actually and I can’t function at all if someone is trying to have a real, reciprocal conversation with me.

12. What do you typically drink while writing?  Hot coffee, black.

13. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? I Will Never Forget is my first book, although I’ve “written” reports, evaluations, letters, etc. successfully for decades; I am articulate, concise, and eloquent when necessary.   I do tend to be wordy and use too many adjectives, so I almost always have to scale a project down in the final draft.

14. When did you first start and when did you finish your book?  I started I Will Never Forget in mid April 2011 and send it for it’s first editorial review just before Christmas 2011.

15. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? At 4’ 11” my mother was petite therefore Linda Hunt, who plays Henrietta on NCIS-LA would be perfect!  My husband played a major role in the book’s story and, as he would physically make a great Santa, I would pick Dennis Franz who played Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue.  For me, I’m not sure: taller than my mom but still petite and can carry out both sassy and caring, strong and emotional…

16. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? Not initially as I was the sassy, cross the line kid and young adult.  But in the end, I stepped up and into the role of caregiver and advocate.

17.  How do you market your book? What avenues work best?  I have done everything recommended or suggested to me by those in the business.  Entering and winning book contests has helped, especially the 2013 National Indie Excellence Award in the Aging Category.  I hired a publicist that gleaned the top reviewers on Amazon with stellar results.  Like everyone, I use Twitter, Face Book and Linked-In.  I write articles for appropriate sources such as the Alzheimer’s Reading Room and which usually lead to book sales.  The list is very long and collectively extensive.

18.  What has been the toughest criticism so far?  I feel humbled and honored that virtually everyone’s assessments have been favorable.

 19.  What has been the best compliment?   “A masterpiece… What is amazing and inspiring is her ability to write with such grace…”

20.  Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?    As I Will Never Forget is a memoir, it is completely true and personal.  In fact consistent with the idiom “Fact is stranger than Fiction,” this book is laced with so much drama and bizarre events it could not be a work of fiction, as no one would believe it.

21.  How did you come up with the title?  From Chapter 4, last paragraph: My mom talked about our great train escape for a while. “I will never forget that train ride,” she would say. “That was really something.” Ultimately, however, she did forget it, like virtually everything else. As I recalled my mother’s remarks that day, the title emerged and seemed so perfect.

22.Will there be a sequel?  I don’t have a plan at this time for another book as my main focus is donating to Alzheimer’s and promoting awareness.  But it is possible.

 23. What project are you working on now?   Alzheimer’s advocacy anyway I can.

 24. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer?   Why did you write this book?  My mother’s journey is a story that needed to be told and inspired by many casual but genuine remarks such as “You should write a book,” I did.  My mother was a great mom, not unlike all great moms, except that she was mine.  I am humbled and honored to have been able to give back to the woman who gave so much to me and blessed to have many great friends and family who supported me in my endeavor to write I Will Never Forget.



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  1. I’ve seen someone go through this sad disease, it’s very hard for those around to cope. Sounds like a great book.
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