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Interview: Novelist Jane Heller on Finding Humor in Caregiving

Jane Heller, romance novelist and author of "You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Guide"

By Stacey Gualandi/April 6, 2013
TWITTER: @janeheller1

Popular author Jane Heller has taken a slight detour from her romantic novels to bring us a new caregiver’s survival guide called You Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You.

“I think we all need to have certain guides to lead us. We don’t have a manual for raising kids or elderly parents or for being a caregiver.  So that’s what I wanted this book to do.”   Jane Heller

Jane started out as a publicist representing authors. Now, thirteen very humorous romance books later, she is an acclaimed writer herself. After reading her guide, I am amazed at how she has kept her sense of humor while being her husband’s caregiver for many years.

You can tell by the title of her book that Jane is certainly not letting the stress and strain get her down completely. She recently shared some valuable tips and a new outlook on caregiving with me in this excerpt of our interview on The Women’s Eye Radio Show…  [Read more…]

Jane Heller, Romance Novelist and Author of Caregiver’s Guide, ‘You’d Better Not Die Or I’ll Kill You”

February 13, 2013

Jane Heller, author of "You'd Better Not Die Or I'll Kill You: A Caregiver's Guide"

Jane Heller


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Jane Heller, popular romance novelist and author her funny, yet serious, book about one of the most important roles in her life, You’d Better Not Die Or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Guide

You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You: A Caregiver’s Survival Guide by Jane Heller

Jane Heller's book on caregiving, You'd Better Not Die or I'll Kill YouON TWE RADIO MAR. 16-17: In You’d Better Not Die or I’ll Kill You–A Caregiver’s Guide (Chronicle Books), Jane Heller shares her own experiences as a caregiver and offers advice from experts.  She learned firsthand about the subject from taking care of her husband, Michael, who is afflicted with Crohn’s disease and was a “frequent flier,” a patient who lands in the hospital often.

The book includes workout exercises, healthy recipes, and a candid, funny approach to a subject that can be deadly serious.

Jane spent a decade promoting best-selling authors and turned into one herself.  Now, with thirteen novels under her belt and nine of which sold to Hollywood, she is in a league of her own.


Gail Sheehy’s New Passages On Caregiving

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Gail Sheehy, author of the groundbreaking books on Passages, is releasing her newest in the series,  Passage on Caregiving.  In it she speaks candidly about taking care of her husband magazine editor, Clay Felker, as he succumbed to cancer after a long and tough battle.

To read the article:

Daily Beast

Has your experience with caregiving been a difficult one?