BIO: Alberta H. Sequeira was born in Pocasset, MA. Her father, Albert L. Gramm, was a One Star Brigadier General in the Army, and she spent her childhood in various towns across the different states traveling. She lives in Rochester, MA with her husband, Al.
1st Memoir: She is a four-time award winning author for her memoirs, A Spiritual Renewal:A Journey to Medjugorje(March 2012; a reprint of A Healing Heart). It’s about her relationship with her father, learning too late about his remarkable military life as one of the commanding officers of the 26th Yankee Division and fighting throughout Europe during WWII in the battles of Lorraine, Metz and the Battle of the Bulge. Her spiritual changes take her on a ten day pilgrimage to Medjugorje a tiny, remote village in Bosnia.
2nd Memoir: (June 19, 2009), her memoir, Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis, was self-published by Infinity Publishing. The story is about her young alcoholic marriage of fourteen years behind closed doors to Richard Lopes of North Dighton, Massachusetts and their two daughters, Debbie and Lori, living in confusion and fear. It’s a rollercoaster with Richie’s struggle trying to combat his alcoholic addiction. Join her on a merry-go-round of enabling and abuse. In 1985, Richie died at the VA Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island at 45 years old from cirrhosis of the liver.
Sequel: The sequel Please, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism (2010) is the continuation of their lives, and the story follows her daughter, Lori Cahill of North Dighton, going down the same path as her father. On November 22, 2006, after three rehabilitation stays, Lori died at the young age of 39 years old at the Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River from the same horrible, worldwide disease. This book contains some of the author’s speaking engagements to alcoholic abusers at halfway homes and substance abuse rehabilitation centers.
April 5, 2011, Alberta and her husband, Al, met with Stephen Meunier, Policy Advisor to Senator John Kerry in his office located in Boston, Massachusetts. They presented ways to try to modify the Patient Privacy Act to help substance abusers and their families. June 7, 2011, Senator John Kerry-MA, contacted the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration in Maryland on the Sequeira’s behalf. In November of 2012, Al and Alberta met with Maria Connor, District Liaison with Massachusetts Senator Michael Rodrigues for the same modifications. This is still in progress.
Ms. Sequeira has completed her next book written by 34 addicts telling their own stories on their recovery programs. It’s titlted What is and isn’t Working for the Alcoholic and Addict; In Their Own Words. It is a research to help others living in denial. Hopefully, these honest stories from recovering alcoholics and addicts will help open the eyes of other addicts heading down this same destructive path. They hope that doctors and counselors will study their answers in the book to change ways in recovery.
Handbooks: Alberta has transformed her 3-hour workshops into paperback and Kindle for those who can’t make her classes. Bring Your Manuscript to Publication, How to Self-Publishe Your Own Book With Create Space and Writing Memoirs. Purchase them at Amazon.
Awareness Coach: She has been a speaker on “The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family” and “My Spiritual Renewal Within.” Speaking locations listed below:
Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Massachusetts: The Emerson House on the grounds of Gosnold Alcoholic Rehabilitation Center in Falmouth, Lynne’s House (halfway home for women) in Wareham, Glannas House, (halfway home for men) in Wareham, Brockton Community Corrections Center, Brockton, Break’n the Chainz Ministry, New Bedford, “Empowering our Community Against Addiction” Conference.
Women’s Ministries: Magnificat, Catholic Woman’s Ministry, (Providence Chapter) held at the Marriott Hotel in Providence, RI), Magnificat, (Boston Chapter) held at the Marian Movement in Medway, MA, Mothers of Ministry, Halifax, MA, Pilgrim Congregational Church,Taunton, MA.
Talks Out-of-State: Lawrence Welk’s Desert Oasis Resort, Palm Springs, CA; Barnes and Noble, Orlando, FL
Talks in Massachusetts: UMass University in Boston, Upper Cape Cod Tech Adult Continuing Education in Bourne, Bristol Plymouth Tech Regional School in Taunton, Lakeville Public Library, Lakeville; Dighton Library, Dighton, Dighton Town Hall, Hazelwood Senior Center, New Bedford, Autumn Glen, North Dartmouth, Taunton Cultural Council, Baker Books,North Dartmouth, Sisters of Solace, Westport, UMass Boston, and Somethin’s Brewin Café in Lakeville.
Nominated Awards: Reader Views of Austin, Texas had awarded A Spiritual Renewal; A Journey to Medjugorje the Reviewers Choice Award 2008 Semi-Finalist. Allbooks Review of Canada had nominated her memoirs Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round with the “Editor’s Choice Award” and was nominated for the “Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Award 2011.” The sequel, Please, God, Not Two was also nominated for the “Editor’s Choice Award 2010” and appeared in the December 20, 2010 issue of Publishers Weekly.
Instructor: She is a Continuing Education instructor for a three hour writer’s workshops titled “Bring Your Manuscript to Publication.” She taught at the Learning Connection in Providence, Rhode Island, libraries, senior centers throughout Massachusetts, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, and the Upper Cape Cod Tech Adult Education Program.
Membership: Alberta joined three other professional published authors (Authors Without Borders,” www.awb6.com) offering their services with speaking engagements, readings, panel discussions, book signing, poetry slams and workshops at schools, bookstores, businesses, and libraries. In August 2010, she co-authored with the group and published their first book Loose Ends; A Hodgepodge of Short Stories.
She is also a member of the Cape Cod Writer’s Group, the Connecticut Association for Authors and Publishers and John3:16 Marketing Network.
Interviews: Paul Lazarovich from The Cranberry Country Journal Cable TV in Middleboro, MA (www.youtube.com); Tony Lopes and Bob Folick (4 times)from the WVBF Radio Station in Taunton; Roland Hinds from Blog Radio TruVue Radio, CA; Pete Braley and Phil Paleologos from the WBSM Radio Station in Fairhaven (4 times); Denise Krochta from the WebTVradio show an Addicts Family Lifeline from Indiana; Tony Lewis of The Standard Timesnewspaper of New Bedford; The Taunton Community Access & Media TV (The Other Side) with Jeff Rothman; Laureen Brenton from WCTV Comcast Ch. 9 *Verizon FIOS Ch. 30 of Wareham; MA; Augusta Alban from the TV show “Don’t Retire, Inspire” from Boston, Sisters of Solace with Christine Dobyna of Westport; Willie Pleasants from the Boston Neighborhood Network from Willie’s Web; NBTV-95 New Bedford, MA with Thomas J. Sexton, host of The Authors Show Radio; Shanetria Peterson on the Talkshoe.com; KC Worldwide Ministries International.
Book Advertisement: Her books have appeared in the South Coast, Bristol County and South Shore Women’s Journal, The Wareham Observer, Lakeville Call, The Spirit of Change, the Rhode Island Catholic Newspaper, The Anchor, and as far as The Catholic Weekly in Australia.
Producer, Director and Co-Host to a Cable Show: Alberta is a co-host to Authors Without Borders Presents, a monthly, half hour NBTV-95 cable show out of New Bedford, Massachusetts interviewing other writers and authors.
Conferences/Workshops: The Massachusetts Conferences for Women in Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Authors Presentation, NBTV-95 Cable TV Training Program, The Cape Cod Writer’s workshops, Break’n the Chainz Ministries: “Empowering our Community Against Addiction.”
Discussion Panels: Lakeville Public Library, Lakeville, MA; Jamaicaway Books, Jamaica Plain, MA, Autumn Glen in North Dartmouth, MA, Bristol Plymouth Technical School in Taunton, MA, Dighton Town Hall, Dighton, MA, Upper Cape Cod Tech Adult Education in Bourne, MA.
Blog Writer: Alberta writes weekly on alcohol abuse for the Cape Cod Today blog and Plymouth Daily News newspaper blogs.
Anthology: Her first anthology writing had appeared in October 2010 for “The Unexpected Journey” in the Speaker Anthology book published by Dr. Kent Gustavson and Sally Shield. On October 11, 2010, her article “Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing” was featured on the Amy Edelman website www.indiereader.com. On June 8, 2011, she wrote “Abuse” for the Smythe Magazine. On December 2, 2011, her bio and first chapter of Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round was printed in Taste and See, A Sampling of First Chapters by John 316 Marketing Network Authors [Kindle Edition]. Her work has appeared in the Medjugorje USA Highlighter Newsletter (Trusting in God’s Will – 2007, and What Do You Believe – 2008).
Newspaper Write Ups: Middleboro Gazette (1.The Hook for the Book 2.Memoir writer to speak on alcoholism) Taunton Daily Gazette (1.Speaker aims to modify Patient Privacy Act 2.Fighting Back 3.The Authors mentor aspiring writers 4.Author recounts family’s battle with alcoholism) Lakeville Call (1.Author speaks out for local libraries, How to write right-and get published 2.An opportunity to support our troops 3.Getting off the ‘Merry-Go Round’) The Enterprise (1. Authors reach out to troops with books)
Articles Written for Newspapers: The Standard Times (Help can be found for the substance abuser).
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