Dianne Hales is a prize-winning, widely published journalist and author—and an Italian knight. In recognition of her previous book, La Bella Lingua: My Love Affair with Italian, the World's Most Enchanting Language, as "an invaluable tool for promoting the Italian language," the President of Italy conferred on Dianne the highest honor its government can bestow on a foreigner, the title of Cavaliere dell' Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana (Knight of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity).
La Bella Lingua, hailed as "a charming love letter to the language and culture of Italy," became a best-seller in the United States, Canada, and Australia. In addition, Dianne's twice-weekly blog was recently named "Best Art and Culture Blog" in an international competition sponsored by Italy magazine.
Dianne has served as a contributing editor for Parade, Ladies Home Journal, Working Mother, and American Health and has written for numerous national publications, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, Readers' Digest, Washington Post, Woman's Day, and World Book. Her trade books include Just Like a Woman and Caring for the Mind. She is the author of 25 editions of the leading college health textbook, An Invitation to Health.
Among Dianne's many writing awards are honors from the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, the Council for the Advancement of Scientific Education, the National Women's Political Caucus, and the New York City Public Library.