Balboa Press | Diane Haworth

Diane Haworth

"I really wanted to write a book to help the other adult caregivers ..."

Balboa Press author Diane Haworth talks about her journey to publishing How To Choose Love When You Just Want To Slap Somebody. 

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Diane Haworth on Becoming a Balboa Press Author

"Actually, I'd had several ideas for books, and had signed on with Balboa, in my head thinking I was going to write on one subject. However, that was during the time when my dad was actually in his last days, and it turned out after he passed, I really wanted to write a book to help the other adult caregivers that I had seen for months and years, at that point, in the waiting rooms with their parents. I just wanted to give them some tools, methods, techniques that had helped me deal with the ongoing illness of my dad."

"People always ask me about the title of the book. It came to me, actually, in the hospital. My sister and I were in a waiting room, waiting for yet again another doctor to come in with some sort of result for my dad. We were so frustrated, we were ready to lash out, and something from outside of me literally moved through me and I said to her, 'We have to ask what does love look like here? And how does love move us forward?' And from that, we really altered the way that we were dealing with the caregivers, and the doctors, and the nurses, and the insurance companies, and dad. So, I was thinking about that conversation and I realized we really were ready to slap somebody, and decided to choose love. So it just seemed like a catchy title, and that is something people really like."

"Writing's always something that I've loved to do, and my dream has always been to be a published author, and I am so thankful that I found Balboa. They were just the absolute perfect fit for me. I really liked the idea of self-publishing, and I loved the idea of Balboa being connected to Hay House. I knew they understood me, I knew they would understand my audience. They were supportive, they were there to mentor me through the process, but they never pushed. They were very respectful of what I needed as an author, and in my case as a grieving author. The space that I needed, the time, the expertise, they always offered resources. It just was a wonderful experience for me. It was just a wonderful experience."

 



 

"I thought I would get up and get in front of the computer, and I would be inspired!"

Balboa Press author Diane Haworth talks about how she kept motivated as she wrote her book, How To Choose Love When You Just Want To Slap Somebody. 

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Diane Haworth on How She Stayed Motivated While Writing

"I thought I would get up and get in front of the computer, and I would be inspired! And I would write, and write, and it would be great, and I would be able to e-mail that fantastic, finished manuscript to Balboa and it would be done. Now, I will say Balboa always did their part, but there were some days that I didn't feel like writing. I set my own schedule, I set my own deadlines, but there were sometimes when I thought, you know, 'This is a stupid idea. Who's going to read this? This, you know, what's going on?' And as a matter of fact, this is something I kept with me. It is a little bracelet that says, 'If you want something you've never had, you must do something you've never done.' My goal is to help other people in times of stress and to share the techniques and tools that help me. That's what's moving me forward."

"Most people I've spoken to, authors- rather they're new authors like me, or you know, they've had New York Times Best-sellers- say that as they are writing the material, once you get in that zone and things start to flow, that's when magic happens. And I will say I've been surprised, some of the things that I never even considered putting in that book just flowed through me, and those are always the stories that people come up to me and say, 'Oh my gosh, that helped me so much.' So, I would tell anybody, 'Do it.' Just enjoy the process. Don't worry, there's professionals like Balboa that will take care of the details. All you need to do is get that story on paper, and the rest will take care of itself."