May 29, 2018

I created this guide back in 2007, just before self-publishing STILL ALICE and selling copies from the trunk of my car. I was blogging for the National Alzheimer's Association at the time, and we offered this guide to many of the state chapters. Support groups for peop...

February 20, 2018

It's Oscars season. I love movies and try to catch as many of the Oscar-nominated films as I can before the Academy Awards. So far, I've seen Lady Bird, Three Billboards Ouside Ebbing, and The Post (all great, but my vote goes easily to Three Billboards). And I can't h...

January 11, 2018

When I began writing STILL ALICE, I had no creative writing experience. As a neuroscientist, I authored many research articles, but my writing was limited to research papers like this one: 5HT3 Receptor Activation is Required for Induction of Striatal C-fos and the pho...

August 1, 2011

Whether you have Alzheimer’s or are of a certain age that you’ve started routinely forgetting where you put your keys, you’re probably hearing a lot about the benefits of “exercising your brain.” We hear this “use it or lose it” philosophy mentioned frequently in sound...

June 1, 2011

Since the release of Still Alice, I’ve had the privilege of talking to a lot of audiences about Alzheimer’s. One of the most common questions people ask me is:

“When I can’t find my keys, how do I know if that’s normal forgetting or a symptom of Alzheimer’s?”

My quick an...

May 20, 2011

My books feel in some ways like my children (so far, I’ve given birth to 3 babies and 2 books). Each one is unique, I love them all, and you’d better watch out if you have anything bad to say about any of them (well, I understand that not all reviewers and readers are...

May 12, 2011

I had a book event in Sydney last week and was talking about STILL ALICE and the Dementia Advocacy & Support Network International (DASNI). And because I was in Sydney, I mentioned Christine Bryden. Christine was one of the founding members of DASNI and one of the amaz...

October 24, 2010

Back when I was doing a lot of pre-publication interviews for STILL ALICE, I was asked, “What’s your motto?” I had to think for a minute, and then I said,

“Say YES whenever possible.”

I’d never been forced to put this idea into words before, but I do believe in this phil...

August 24, 2010

I attended the annual Dementia Care Conference in Chicago back in the summer of 2007. I was there to promote my then self-published novel, STILL ALICE, and to meet with and interview six people with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Two of the six I’d already become goo...

January 29, 2009

Yes, I can. I should say first that this is not a math equation. One plus two doesn’t necessarily equal three. There are no guarantees here. You can do everything I did and not get a publishing deal. But I hope you do!

It’s important to know that a self-published book w...