‘I decided to put it all down on paper’
Schwartz did not intend to write a book when she began jotting down notes about the emotional roller coaster of trying to become a mother. “Every time I hit a roadblock I wondered if it was a sign from the universe that I wasn’t supposed to be a mother in this way,” she says.
“I had so many things going on inside of me. I’ve always been a lover of words, and I decided just to put it all down on paper so it would be somewhere safe. I didn’t want to let any of it go.”
At one point, Schwartz realized that sharing her experience might help others. “When I got to the end of it — and I felt like it had an ending — it was really big for me, because for so many years I didn’t know what our life was going to be. I thought, wow, could this be something that helps others?”
Schwartz submitted her manuscript to Montreal publisher Linda Leith, of Linda Leith Publishing, who decided to move forward with the book. “I know why, in their acknowledgments, authors always thank their editors,” she says. “Editors do so much work with you to help you turn a manuscript into a book.”