Dianne hails from frosty, beautiful Canada with a wealth of life experiences that fill her heart and writing with compassion, wisdom and energy. At one time in her life, she found herself homeless until she found a job as a live-in nanny where she had to clean the bathroom with a toothbrush. At another point, she shoveled pig dung in Japan! From such struggles she has risen to a place where she can help others as a part-time minister for Hope United Church. She also finds time to write the Six Worlds series (starring Ben Dragonborn) and be a tremendous advocate for independent authors.
Last summer Dianne attended her first writing conference in Calgary, Alberta. (See picture on right from the steampunk themed banquet at ‘When Words Collide’.) She had this crazy idea that she should offer to do a workshop. It sounded like a good idea in February. The organizers accepted her proposal and Dianne got busy putting together a presentation on “The Face of Good and Evil in Epic Fantasy.” Shortly thereafter, her husband broke his ankle and they had to move, placing the burden of “painting, grouting, repairing linoleum, cleaning out a ton of garbage from the garage and crawl space” by herself! Still, she still made it to the next writing conference and teamed up with another CIR member, Sharon Skretting, to book a table and help promote Clean Indie Reads!
Dianne has been a fantastic recruiter for CIR, finding authors in cyberspace and bringing them into our family, usually through Twitter. “I love the philosophy of raising ourselves up by helping to lift others. It is not just the great advice that is freely available at CIR, but it is the connections that go beyond what we produce as writers. Lia London and those who participate have created not only a forum for discussing writing, publishing and marketing books, but a place where community happens. The people we meet at CIR give us a sense of not being alone in the world.” Dianne is a valued member of the CIR community, present with earnest, patient encouragement every day.