Friday, October 20, 2017

Interview with author Tami Reeves, RN

Bleeding Hearts: A True Story of Alzheimer’s Family, and the Other Woman

1.      What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book? The fact that most of society looks down on a person who “moves on” when their loved one or partner becomes mentally incapacitated is the reason I wrote Bleeding Hearts.  I wanted to be able to bring awareness to the kind of support a new partner can bring to the other victims of Alzheimer’s, i.e. the spouse/partner, children and family -something that is not really talked about.

2.      What is it about and whom do you believe is your targeted reader? The story of Bleeding Hearts is a memoir of my husband and my journey during the last three years of his late wife’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s.  I met my, now, husband on a dating service (at the encouragement of his children to find a partner and to “move on”) and became a source of support to him and his family, throughout the journey.  The targeted reader, in my opinion, is the partner, children, family or anyone who knows of someone living with a partner/spouse who is mentally incapacitated -for any reason- so that they can see how a new partner can be of great support.

3.      What do you hope will be the everlasting thoughts for readers who finish your book? What should remain with them long after putting it down? That no one should judge anyone else for moving along their journey in any situation.  We all have to adjust and move in our lives the way we deem necessary without having to worry about judgement or scrutiny from anyone.  There are many books on Alzheimer’s; the sad stories of “lost” memories and loved ones because of the disease.  But with my book the reader could and should come away with a feeling of hopefulness in a way to deal with one of the aspects of Alzheimer’s that no one discusses -the loneliness of being the partner of an Alzheimer’s patient.

4.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? Stay true to your cause.  Don’t let anyone tell you your thoughts are wrong.  They may be different, but they are never wrong.

5.      What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? To me, books on tape or audio books seem to be where books are heading.  There are some who just want a printed book in their hands, encompassing all of the sensory attachments to a printed book.  So, I don’t think the printed book, will ever completely disappear.  And then there are others who like the modern version of an e-book.  But in my circle of friends I am becoming more and more aware of how much everyone (myself included) loves to listen to books being read to them.  Perhaps that is where “publishing” will be heading some day soon -all books may become audio books.

6.      What great challenges did you have in writing your book? The biggest challenge in writing my book was in lacking confidence of my skills in grammar.  I am a CODA (Child Of Deaf Adults) and so my childhood did not equip me with any natural ability to write correctly.  While I have had college classes in English, towards my degree, I still lack complete confidence that I am writing correctly.  Therefore, I hired an editor to edit my book, but I am currently pursuing an advanced writing course.

7.      If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? Bleeding Hearts is a unique perspective on a sensitive and never discussed subject which most everyone has been touched by -Alzheimer’s.  As in all Alzheimer’s stories it is a sad one, but the story showcases the way for love, happiness and triumph over this heinous disease. 

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