Diane started writing for children in 2006 after attending the Pacific NorthWest Children’s Writing Conference. She was working as a school counselor and observed a need for quality writing especially addressing diversity and underrepresented children and topics.
Diane is the nonfiction liason for the Oregon chapter of SCBWI. Her love of nonfiction began as a child raised in a home where nonfiction fiction was a staple. Diane has always loved the outdoors and science. From 2011-2015, Diane performed the role of Local Area Event coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI for the Western Slope of Colorado.
Diane has received merit- based awards/scholarships for her writing and photography from organizations including Oregon SCBWI, Highlights Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Diane’s photography has been published with the National Park Service. Appearing on both radio and television, she enjoys promoting children’s literature. Diane participates in multiple critique groups. A retired school counselor and art/yearbook teacher, her leadership and teaching skills support others grow their creativity bringing quality literature to all.