Alberta H. Sequeira is a four-time award winning author of three memoirs; A Spiritual Renewal; A Journey to Medjugorje, (a reprint of A Healing Heart; A Spiritual Renewal (2006)), Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round; An Alcoholic Family in Crisis, and its sequel, Please God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism. She wrote her first Narrative Non-Ficton, What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words. She is also a co-author of Loose Ends by Authors Without Borders. She is in the process of working on The Rusty Years, her first fictional story.
Co-Host: Ms. Sequeira is a co-founder of Authors Without Borders and a director, producer and co-host to the NBTV-95 Cable TV show Authors Without Borders Presents out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and she writes for the Cape Cod Today Blog.
Speaker: Since the loss of her husband, Richard Lopes of North Dighton, Massachusetts and her daughter, Lori Cahill of North Dighton, she has become a speaker on The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family. Alberta has spoken at halfway homes, alcoholic rehabilitation centers, and public locations. She also speaks on A Spiritual Change Within at the Magnificat, a Catholic Women's Ministry for the Boston, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island Chapters, and Mother's of Ministry in Halifax, Massachusetts.
Book Awards: ReaderViews of Austin, Texaschose A Healing Heart; A Spiritual Renewal as a semi-finalist for the Reviewers Choice Award 2008. Her work has appeared in the Medjugorje USA Highlighter Newsletter (Trusting in God's Will - 2007, and What Do You Believe - 2008). Allbooks Review of Canada nominated her memoir Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round for the 2009 Editors Choice Award. It was also nominated for the Dan Poynters Global eBook Award 2011. The sequel, Please, God, Not Two was nominated for the Editors 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 Beginning Writers Workshop titled Bring Your Manuscript to Publication, How to Publish Your Own Book with Create Space, and Writing Memoirs. She has been interviewed on numerous cable television and radio shows. A class on "The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family" is presented to substance abusers and family members.
Anthology: Her first anthology appeared in October 2010 for The Unexpected Journey in the Speaker Anthology book published by Dr. Kent, Sally Shield, Kristin Arnold and Terry L. Brock. On October 11, 2010, her article Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing was featured on Amy Edelman's website www.indiereader.com. On June 8, 2011, she wrote Abuse for 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].
Alberta lives in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts with her husband Al. She never had a desire to write but is now glued to her computer. Her enjoyment comes from the sounds of laughter, socializing, and helping othe authors. She enjoys planning events with Authors Without Borders and speaking to drug users and alcoholic abusers and their family.
All Alberta's books, including her handbooks for her workshops, are available in paperback and Kindle in Amazon. All published items are free in Amazon's KDP Select programs.
A Spiritual Renewal is a beautiful story which follows the author’s inner thoughts and intense emotions. We sympathize as she fights the prognosis of her father’s cancer and learns too late about his remarkable life. She develops a spiritual renewal and demonstrates its powerful lessons.
What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict contains the testimonies of individuals who were or are actively in a recovery program and wanted to share their habit and actions with their struggles trying to overcome their own addiction. These are their own stories on how their addiction led to the devastation of losing control of their life, family, friends and the death of other family members from this disease we call alcoholism. Hopefully, the heartfelt honesty from the participants will help doctors and counselors to use their stories for their own study on what may be missing in the treatment methods.
Do you ever wonder why some alcoholics and drug addicts recover and put their lives together while others die from this horrible worldwide problem? What give them the physical and mental strength to fight this battle and come out winning? These questions and the author's own tragedy of losing her husband and daughter to alcohol abuse, encouraged this book written by thirty-four addicts telling the world what does and hasn't worked in their recovery programs.