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How I became an Author and Speaker

Richie died in 1985 at forty-five years of age at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

Losing Richard was painful enough, but the demon returned and held tight to my daughter, Lori, having her follow the same path as her father, one she feared.

I wrote the sequel, Please, God, Not Two, about Lori’s struggle to fight her addiction. The story is heartbreaking reading the sorrow of watching your child go down the wrong path. Three times in rehabilitation centers did not give her the desire or strength to fight for recovery. It’s an honest story from a mother’s heart.

After losing them both, I had too many questions that I needed answered and wrote my first Narrative Non-Ficton; What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict written by 34 contributors who were battling for their lives to get sober.

It is a book that family, doctors, counselors, the public and other substance abusers should read. They reach out telling us all what they need to help them turn to professionals and get into recovery programs.

From there, I taught writers and authors workshops on Bring Your Manuscript to Publication, How to Self-Publish Your Own Book with Create Space and Writing Memoirs. I turned the classed into handbooks.
All my books are available in paperback and Kindle.

What am I doing now? I am writing my first fictional book The Rusty Years for my followers and readers to see a brighter side of me.

From my mistakes with decisions with handling problems with addiction in our family, I became a speaker. At one time, I could not stand in front of a group of people, never mind an audience. I still have my knees shake.

I speak behind closed doors to substance abusers in halfway homes, court-ordered programs and rehabilitation centers. I am open to talk publicly at any function.

I am a producer, director and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV Station out of New Bedford Massachusetts. I became a co-founder to Authors Without Borders ( with three other authors.

I guess for someone with no desire or dreams to come into the publishing and speaking world, I have not done too bad!

Alberta Sequeira


I was someone who had no intentions of every writing a book about my life. It wasn’t until my father, Albert L. Gramm from South Dennis, Massachusetts, was dying from cancer that I realized I had let his great military history go with him.

My father was a Brigadier General in the Army and had been one of he commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division during WWII fighting in some famous battles like Metz, Lorraine and The Battle of the Bulge.

I wanted to leave his accomplishments to my family members and future generation. That is when I wrote A Spiritual Renewal; A Journey to Medjugorje. During his illness, I turned back to my faith when I saw the devotion and love he had for The Blessed Mother and the rosary.

Writing brought me some peace with learning to let go of the past with mistakes. My next goal was to open up my world that I had kept behind closed door with my crumpling marriage from fear, confusion, and abuse from my husband, Richard Lopes, who had been battling alcohol abuse. I swallowed my pride and wrote Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round, which covered my tight hold on enabling him, which only brought him deeper into his addiction. Our two daughters witnessed scenes with fights that they never should have been open to from parents.
My fourteen years of holding onto a husband that had been a loving man and making no demands on him, turned our world upside down and Debbie and Lori grew up with no security with feeling safe or in an environment that was healthy.

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