Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Diana Loiewski to the blog. She’s here to answer some of our questions and to share about her book, Healthy Relationships. If this book sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.
IBP – How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?
Diana – Healthy Relationships provides keys and practice scenarios for building safe long term relationships both personally and professionally.
IBP -When did you begin writing?
Diana – I began writing professionally in 1995. I had a column in a parenting magazine, County Kids called Nature Sense. The column answered commonly asked questions about nature. Things like why is the sky blue? What do insects do when the weather is freezing? And other questions that people may be thinking about but never seek the answer. My column actually won first place awards from the Medill School of Journalism in 1996 and again in 1997.
IBP – Aside from writing, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
Diana – I love completing construction projects and fixing things around my home. My husband and I just replaced all the windows and doors in the back of our home.
IBP – What are your favorite hobbies?
Diana – I enjoy decoratively painting and cooking gourmet meals. I have a huge wall in my family room that I use as a pallet.
IBP – What’s the hardest part of writing a book?
Diana – After the complete conception of the book from beginning to end, it is slowing down and writing all of the details.
IBP – What’s your favorite part of writing a book?
Diana – Watching it come together better than I had originally envisioned in the finished product.
IBP – Where do you get your inspiration?
Diana – From the activities that I engage in daily: I am a high school teacher in my day job, a mother of three children who are all very unique, and a wife.
IBP – Your favorite books and author?
Diana – I love to read memoirs and books that I can connect with emotionally. My favorite authors are Eloise Greenfield, Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, Jane Yollen, Libba Moore Gray, there are so many authors that I absolutely love. I am currently reading the new Harper Lee book and Timothy Ferriss.
IBP – Where can readers find your books?
Diana – My books can be found on Amazon, my website talkcounts.com and chefsdontstandstill.com.
IBP – If you could write with anyone who would that be and why?
Diana – I would love to write with Jane Nelson because I think she is creative, smart, and has a ton of experience with working with people.
IBP – Are you reading or writing something else at the moment?
Diana – Yes, I am actually engaged in three books, two are cook books that have well-balanced healthy recipes. The third book is a fun and silly book that contains 355 ways to get over your break-up.
In the groundbreaking self-help manual called Healthy Relationships, the authors — renowned specialists in clinical psychology and special education — put forth an easy-to-follow and common sense guide that literally has the power to change lives.
This is a workbook-based, self-guided introduction to a remarkable process — the discovery and exploration of your inner worth and how you can nurture its growth while maintaining close relationships.
In the section entitled “Understanding Your Relationship With Yourself,” you will learn that by looking carefully in your inner “mirror” on a regular basis, you will come to appreciate everything you bring to all your relationships — at home, at work, and elsewhere.
In another segment, communication is revealed as an essential element in keeping lines open with others, and expressing how you truly feel. There’s even a handy checklist that facilitates communication between you and whomever you choose, making sure the conversation stays honest and, above all, constructive.
Scattered throughout, there are SNAIL Wisdoms — bite-sized nuggets of advice to help you steer clear of possible problems. For example, here’s one on cyber awareness:
“Remember, a person that you meet over Social Media is an acquaintance until you meet him/her in person, meet his/her family, friends, and get to know him/her over time.”
Such sage and timely advice will keep you from jumping into a relationship too quickly — and too deeply. The authors go on to carefully delineate between what constitutes an “acquaintance” and a “friend,” so you can avoid costly misunderstandings down the road.
In a key section entitled “Knowing What You Want in Friendships,” you’ll be able to sort through characteristics and attributes you may find appealing in others. Again, there’s a simple checklist with which you can create a profile of the kind of person you might best be paired with as a friend. Should they be “outgoing, with high energy,” “friendly and energetic,” or “shy and reserved?” Answering questions like these up front can mean the difference between success and failure in a budding friendship.
Finally, creating Shared Goals can help lay the groundwork for communicating needs, wants, fears, and other aspects of your vision of a shared future to your partner, significant other, or just plain friend. This is the foundation upon which you can most effectively build toward tomorrow.
The last section is an exhaustive and invaluable guide to avoiding unhealthy relationships — which, in many cases, can be worth the price of the workbook alone. The Five Deal Breakers will tell you explicitly the kinds of behavior and traits that can raise both “pink flags,” and “red flags” to warn against beginning or continuing a flawed or toxic relationship.
Five stars to Healthy Relationships. This could very well be the most important book you’ll ever read.
Healthy Relationships can be purchased from Amazon
Diana Loiewski holds an Administrative Credential and Master’s degree in education and a bachelors degree in special education.
In addition to her teaching, Diana is a public speaker and author. She presents on teen relationships and currently can be found teaching Healthy Relationships in both health, physical education, girl’s and boys groups, and summer school classes on campuses. She is registered as an Amazon author and her books can be found on talkcounts.com as well as Amazon.
Tarane Sondoozi holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the United States International University in San Diego, CA. Dr. Sondoozi is a master story teller who teaches and applies an integrative approach to promoting effective communication and interpersonal competence through stories that speak to her audiences.
She is an author and a well sought after speaker who presents nationally. She has over 30 years of extensive experience in clinical and organizational settings, developing and providing innovative trainings that foster healthy relationships and personal wellness at home and at the workplace.