As a little girl, Diane learned all the words to popular love songs. When she played, her dolls acted out tragic love affairs with the current TV or movie heartthrob. She thought everyone in the world made up romantic stories in their heads to get to sleep at night.
The third daughter of a U.S. army colonel, Diane often moved as a child, as far away as Japan one year. But mostly she lived in the Washington, D.C. area, where she now resides. The life of an “army brat” bred strong values of duty and honor and discipline, but it also meant many moves, many new houses, but also new friends. Until new friends could be made, reading books passed the time.
It was always the romance in books that Diane liked best. She read Nancy Drew more to see what Nancy and Ned were up to than caring how the mystery was solved. She will never forgive Louisa May Alcott for not letting Jo wind up with Laurie in Little Women. The happy ending of Jane Eyre was more to her liking than the tragic one of Wuthering Heights.
When Diane attended Ohio University, she majored in English literature. There she again read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, and also DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley's Lover, bringing her closer to the romance fiction she soon learned to love. Susan Howatch’s Cashelmara and Penmarric were early favorites, but when Diane discovered Georgette Heyer and then a whole genre of Regency romance, she felt like she’d found the world where she truly belonged.
Diane’s real life career, however, consisted of helping others craft their own happy endings. She’d earned master’s degrees in both psychology and social work and became a county mental health therapist. She also married and raised a daughter and son, now grown and on their own. She even has two lovely grandchildren.
At the county mental health center where Diane worked, she and her colleagues would sometimes fantasize about what other job they secretly dreamed of having. Diane always said her dream job would be writing romance novels. When her life settled down enough, that’s exactly what Diane set out to do. It took years, but finally the dream came true with a phone call from Mills & Boon. Diane soon put her mental health career behind her and became a full-time writer of Regency romance. Her books have gone on to win prestigious romance awards such as the National Readers Choice Awards, the Orange Rose, the Holt Medallion and, the biggest award of all, Romance Writers of America’s RITA.
Before ever selling a book, though, Diane reaped a world of friendships through her romance writing, a wonderful bonus to living her dream. When not writing, Diane enjoys spending time with her friends and traveling to England for research. But no more moving. She’s lived in the same house for over 30 years now, shared with her husband and two very ordinary house cats.
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