Diane grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois and Northwestern University on an Illinois State Scholarship. She majored in English and later held high school teaching certificates in both Illinois and Florida. When she saw the advent of psychological programs into the schools as well as a dramatic departure from teaching basics such as reading, writing, arithmetic and social studies, she stopped teaching despite her love of working with children. After living in Florida for about a year and tutoring both adults and children Diane accepted a job in southern California and she moved to North San Diego County. She has one son, two daughters and seven adored grandchildren. Her husband, David, a native of California, is a software engineer, loves editing Diane’s writing and always wants her to write more.
In Diane’s own words: “From the time I was eleven I remember always writing something: stories, descriptions, journals or articles for the Roosevelt High School paper. Some years ago I won honorable mention in the Writers’ Digest Contest with a non-fiction story about my younger daughter’s incredible recovery from a serious car accident. I never felt compelled to write with the goal of publication until I became motivated to tell the story In the Name of Help.
“Anyone can see that there are injustices around us. Some of them are more obvious than others. One purpose I had for writing this story was to point out some of the wrongs that are committed on so many people in the name of ‘mental health and help’ in our society.
“I enjoy novels from which I learn something — whether it’s knowledge of another time or place, insight into a particular personality, or new awareness of an unknown issue. That’s what I hope my readers will find in this book and in my future novels. I always welcome communication from my readers.”
Diane has always taken an interest in programs that do provide genuine help to others. One of these programs specifically focuses on helping new authors, as getting one’s published works seen in this world can be a challenge. The Writers of the Future is a contest that has helped many new authors launch professional careers. Its success can best be seen in the new books published by their winners over the last year or so: Writers of the Future.