About Me

For those interested in the details, I live in sunny Arizona with my husband, a tiny black dog named Cookie, and two kitties, Cocoa and Skittles. I’m also a former graphic designer, jewelery designer, frustrated home decorator, (too many partially finished projects in my home to be anything but frustrated) mother, grandmother, blogger, avid reader, and of course, writer. I’ve written reams of ad and technical copy and published three short stories, the latter being much more exciting than the former. I’m also a founding member and assistant organizer for the Arizona Novel Writer’s Workshop http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Writers-Workshop-com/. It’s a great group of writers, so check us out.

Though I’ve alway enjoyed writing, my inspiration to write a novel came about after I had spent a good portion of the summer cleaning out my late Mother-In-Law’s ancient house in the mountains of Northern Virginia. She had been a hoarder and the quantity and variety of things we found in her house and barn was enough to make your brain explode. And just to make things even more interesting… the house had enough poltergeist activity to drive me nuts.

Yeah, I’m one of those people. I believe in the spiritual world.  I’ve experienced too much not to. I don’t carry it to the extreme. I don’t hold seances, play around with Ouija boards or go ghost hunting. I figure if those who have passed want to get in touch with me, they’ll find me without any outside help.  I don’t have a need to understand exactly how it all works, but our connection to the universe, before and after physical death, fascinates me.

In keeping with that fascination, I found the combination of history, hoarding and preternatural activity irresistible, and I used my Mother-In-Law’s house as the setting for my still unpublished first novel, Keeping Secrets. I went on to write two historical romances, The Devil’s Own Luck and The Bewitching Hour. You can find both titles on Amazon.  The Tattooed Angel, a time-travel that takes place in 17th century Cornwall, England will be out before the end of 2014.

 

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16 Responses to About Me

  1. Grretings it is very nice to make your acquaintance. I was directed to your blog from Lorna’s Voice blog after she was awarded “The Leibster award. She listed several blog sites that we should consider visiting. You were on the list.
    Enjoyed it very much,
    Namaste,
    Isadora

  2. Kat_Anthony says:

    Congrats on making the decision (I know it can definitely be a difficult one!). But, it’s also a lot of fun and really exciting to be able to steer one’s own course like this! It’s such a unique time in publishing history that it’s worth taking advantage of the freedom to be able to do this. So far for me, it’s been quite an amazing ride (I took the plunge late July/early August). Good luck with it all and I look forward to hearing about future developments!

    –Kat

    • Kat, Thanks for your encouragement. When I weighed the pros & cons, the pros won by a landslide. I have a few writing friends who think e-publishing is for those who aren’t good enough to be traditionally published and they’ve done their best to discourage me. I just shrug it off. It’s great it’s working well for you. We’ll keep in touch. Diana

  3. Lafemmeroar says:

    I too believe that we are all connected in this life and the next. Thanks for visiting my blog and welcome to the CCC. You can find your link on the members page. I’ve also Tweeted it. E-publishing is the future … )

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  5. Hi Diana! How do I find the books that you published so I can buy them? I looked on Amazon under your name and didn’t see you.

    Also, I just put you on my blogroll. I can’t believe you weren’t there before. Shame on me!

  6. Hi there! My name is Pam, and I found you through the Crazy Chics Club! Nice to “meet” you! I thought I would stop by and say hello (I’m a little behind on reaching out to new members, SO sorry).

    Love what I’ve seen on your blog so far, so I’ve subscribed. Us Crazy Chicks have got to stick together! Can’t wait to read more. Xoxo Pam

  7. Keep up the good writing. Anything inspirational lifts up the spirit to new heights, and your blog is just that. I also try to be positive in my approach, hence my blog name, the Positive Power of Writing. I also love Arizona although I live in Canada.

  8. Thanks for your encouragement. I’m going to check out your blog. You might not like Az. too much right. It’s HOT!

  9. You may not want another award, but I am nominating you for The Booker Award. Yes THE Booker Award! No, not THE Booker Award. Check out my blog in a day or two and read all about it…

  10. And I thought we were kindred spirits! I’ve got two other awards that I haven’t responded to! Ah well, I suppose it’s all in a day’s work. BTW what the heck is the Booker Award?

  11. Oh, I know. This one is fun and you don’t have to do anything more than accept it if you don’t want to. I posted the details today so you can find out all about it. You’ll love it! We are kindred spirits, Diana!

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  13. Nancy Rawlinson Schoer says:

    Can you please tell us breathless fans when the next book in the Amulet series is coming out? I know that author’s detest that question, but I am most eager for the story to continue. Thank you, Diana!

    • Hi Nancy, I’m thrilled you enjoyed The Tattooed Angel. Just reading your comment made my day. Willow’s Gift, the sequel to The Tattooed Angel should be out the beginning of 2017. I’d intended to have it out much sooner but fell off a ten foot ladder onto a hardwood floor – a major duh moment – and had multiple broken bones and several surgeries. Recovery has taken close to a year but I’m back on my laptop again.
      I’m also working on a murder mystery (still untitled) and it should be out about the same time.
      Have a great summer!

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