Reading Matters

Dream of every self-published author comes true for Ann Campanella

When writers choose to self-publish a book, it can be for a number of reasons.

Sometimes it’s for control of the final product. Sometimes it’s because it feels as if time is running out, and the search for a mainstream publisher can be lengthy. Sometimes it’s for no reason other than that’s what the author wants to do.

In rare cases, a writer who self-publishes will be discovered by a mainstream publisher.

That dream happened to Ann Campanella of Huntersville, whose memoir, “Motherhood: Lost and Found,” came out in 2014. Recently, that book was picked up by Divine Phoenix Books in conjunction with Pegasus Books. That company has publishing rights to Campanella’s E-book which is scheduled for release this week.

The book, set against the backdrop of Campanella’s love of horses, tells the story of her mother's descent into Alzheimer's when Campanella was trying to become a mother herself. She paints a vivid picture of her mother as the disease progresses:

“Daddy, who used to rush to get off the phone, now lingers. He needs to talk to someone,” Campanella writes. “But there aren’t words to explain this to Mom without upsetting her. She knows she feels different, but she’s insulted if I use the words Alzheimer’s or dementia. The times I have gently explained her condition, she nods with a questioning look in her eyes. Thirty seconds later she asks, ‘What did you say my problem was?’ I sit quietly, stroking the lines of her palm.”

The memoir was a finalist for The Next Generation Book Awards. This fall or early next year, the book will also be released as an audiobook with ACX, Audible and iTunes.

November is National Alzheimer's Awareness month, and Campanella will be hosting an event at Main Street Books in Davidson, "A Conversation about Alzheimer's and Dementia." It's her hope to reach out to those who have loved ones who are struggling with this disease. She is donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales to nonprofit organizations that support those with Alzheimer's.