Friday, May 11, 2012

"Momnesia" Review/Giveaway Ends 5/13

Have you read Momnesia yet? If not you are really missing out! Momnesia was such an easy read that I finished it in a day and half! I mean come on admit it (I won't judge) as soon as you read the tag line you were interested what it was all about. After completing the book I realized how SO many aspects of the story rang true not only for me but with a lot of my friends and family as well.

I have the chance to interview author Lori Verni-Forgarsi and let me tell you she is very down to earth and really gets what all of us moms go through trying to achieve this balance in our lives.

Brief Author Bio: 
Lori Verni-Fogarsi is the author of the hot new novel, "Momnesia." She has been a freelance writer, columnist, journalist, and seminar speaker for 15+ years, and has authored one nonfiction book, "Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs," which has been widely acclaimed in its genre. Lori is a happily married mom of two, step mom of two more, and has two cats, both rotten. She invites you to learn more and join her on Facebook at

Here is the interview:

Where did the idea of the book come from? Besides the fact of not feeling like your old self?

I went through a time when I myself, as well as several friends, were going through divorces, various life challenges, and even a friend with breast cancer. It occurred to me that this sense of forgetting about oneself seemed to be almost a universal truth: When I looked around, it was like an epidemic that affected just about every mom I knew!

I know that, for me, the things I enjoy about reading women's fiction/chick lit books are three main aspects: Escaping into some other woman's world for a time, feeling understood, and enjoying the humor. This inspired me to write a book with the "losing oneself to one's family" theme.

How much of the story is non-fiction and stays true to what you experienced?
I did struggle very much with the decision of whether or not things were "bad enough" to warrant getting divorced. Although my ex-husband is neither manic-depressive nor addicted to MLM scams like the husband in the book, deciding whether to "give up" was very difficult for me.

One thing that was exactly the same as the character in "Momnesia" was that I definitely, 100% had Momnesia... I was so caught up in taking good care of the family, house, work, etc., that if you'd asked me what hobbies I enjoyed, I would have drawn a complete blank!

Another aspect that was somewhat true for me, and was also inspired by friends' experiences and people I interviewed, was the lack of support from the friends/neighbors that the character experiences. Throughout my interviews, I was shocked to find that many women felt extremely abandoned... not hearing from friends, neighbors, or even family during serious crises such as cancer, divorce, and even death of a child!
Which came first the title or the novel?
The novel.

The title and tag line ring true for most mothers but can be taken in other ways such as being the forgetful mommy, so my question is was there ever another title or was this it as soon as it came about?

There was never another title. I started writing the story and then one day it just popped into my head that it was kind of like amnesia... being unable to remember your life "before."

Writing the novel was a 3.5 year endeavor from start to market; ironically, during that time period, "Live With Regis and Kelly" did a piece wherein Kelly Ripa talks about Momnesia from the viewpoint of mommy forgetfulness, which then set off a string of related media from that angle. Frankly, it was a little frustrating for me, but I decided to keep the title because I feel it so perfectly describes the dilemma.

I love how relate-able the story is. Was it difficult for you, even if fictional, to tell your story?

Telling the story itself was not difficult at all. I truly feel, in my heart of hearts, that so many women will enjoy and feel understood by the story of "Momnesia," and it makes me happy that people laugh at the humorous sides of it too. The aspect that was very difficult was that, because it's written in the first person, everyone assumes that it must be a true accounting of my actual life. I spent a lot of time worrying that my ex-husband, neighbors, etc., were going to hate me, but I eventually came to terms with the fact that I cannot make it any more clear that while it was inspired by some of my experiences, it is a fictional (read: wildly embellished) story and I can't control what other people think.

See what I mean? Are you interest in reading this book or even giving it as gift for a mother in your life? If so you can purchase Momnesia here. You can also enter below and try to win a copy!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the book to review. All opinions are my own.


  1. entered and sounds like a good book to read!

  2. Congratulations to Alison S. for winning my "Momnesia" book! It ships later today, and I hope you enjoy it! --Lori V. Fogarsi, Author


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