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Salem, MA
About Me:
I am a "woman of maturity" with a love of reading and writing, especially, mysteries and thrillers - keeps me out of trouble.

I'm an acute dialysis nurse and love it.

Mother of 3, grandmother of 8 and still healthy enough to roll around the floor. I love to write short plays for them and videotape their productions. They are amazing.

I'm a member of the Guppies and my WIP is a serial killer story where the killer has a running narrative throughout the book.

I love to dance, play guitar and piano and make quilts in my spare time. Lucky for me my other half is very in-touch with his feminine side and loves housework.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
The Red Tent, The Story of Ruth, Kiss The Girls, anything by Ann Rule or James Ellroy.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The original CSI, Dragnet, Law & Order, The Closer, anything where a woman gets revenge in a smart and devastatingly permanent way.

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From These Roots

When I was a young girl my mother filled my life with books. I cannot remember the name of my first set, but the stories taught me many of life's most important lessons such as; the impact a smile can have on a lonely person and how not to judge a book by its cover. When I got a little older, twelve, perhaps, she introduced me to the Trixie Belden series. I was hooked. I still have have quite a few of them and it's fun to re-read those great little mysteries. I identified with Trixie… Continue

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 5:24am

Freed By The Blouse

Liberation came for me in the guise of a roomy, cream colored blouse with buttons made of a rich, honey-colored teak

in varying sizes and shapes. It was an over-the-hips blouse with

two-inch slits up the sides which allowed free movement across an ample

backside. This blouse covered a multitude of sins and I was in my

glory. Who would have thought that the big clothes I used to hide

in would one day be in style?

That was when I was a size…

Posted on November 4, 2007 at 5:30pm

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At 10:33am on March 4, 2009, Mary said…
Hi Diane,
Sorry it has taken awhile to get back. So, you live in Salem? Then indeed it is a small world, but I have some thoughts on that.
The book that I'm "trying" to write is a true mystery. It has not however reached a climatic end, so until it does, it's been difficult to visualize in it's entirety. This is largely due to the fact that I have to change real names of people and places, and develop other appropriate embellishments. The other issue I'm having regars time and place to work on it, especially during the bad weather, whereas I have to rely largely on public equipment at the moment.
The book itself is based on the premise that we choose our lives before birth, and why would a person choose a particular life.
If you are presently living in Salem; I would love to meet you. Do you ever go to the Parlor? If so let me know and perhaps we could exchange email addresses.
At 2:20pm on February 20, 2009, Laura L. Cooper said…
I did not make it to Crimebake, but I've heard many good reviews. My only conference has been Mayhem in the Midlands, which I enjoy. I'm considering Bouchercon this year. Hope your short gets a speedy acceptance.
At 7:48am on January 27, 2008, Laura L. Cooper said…
I'm a fellow guppy. Your WIP sounds like my kind of novel.
All the best,
At 12:13pm on November 4, 2007, David L. Hoof said…
Welcome to the club. James Lee Burke's first, eventually a Pulitzer nominee, was rejected 105 times. The record in rejections for an eventually accepted novel is over 400, or so I'm told.
At 5:48am on November 4, 2007, Kathryn Lilley said…
Hi Dianne,

Thanks for writing! My Mom is a mystery fan, too. But she leaned toward the hard boiled. I don't know how I wound up in the cozy "niche", but I like to think of my books as "soft boiled" rather than cozy! Best, Kathryn

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