Dani: Why books?
Dianna: I had a mother who introduced me to books and the joy of reading from very early on. But I fell in love with books about age ten. From then on it became my dream to write middle grade novels.
Dani: What's over your rainbow?
Dianna: The kind of perfect living conditions the Bible promises for the future. No more sickness, pain or suffering for people or animals.
Dani: Finish these thoughts:
1. I don't often... invite people over to my home. I know I should be more hospitable. But neither my husband nor I are big social bugs. It’s not that I don’t like people, but I've always been a homebody. Maybe it’s that whole reclusive writer thing.
2. My greatest wish... Hmm. I don’t think it’s necessarily my greatest wish, but I wish the publishing industry was a lot less volatile. It can be frustrating when you have to wade through all the red tape and loopholes when all you really want to do is write entertaining stories for young readers. Another wish would be to have enough time, money and room to go to my local animal shelter and adopt all the dogs at once.
3. My books never... turn out looking quite like I expect them to. Don’t get me wrong, I've been very happy with my book covers for the most part. But somehow, I always have these ideas in my head of how I’d design them if it was up to me, and somehow they never look like that.
Dani: What's special about your work?
Dianna: My work isn't commercial, it’s literary. I love to delve deeply into friends, family and relationships. And I try hard to come up with characters that kids can deeply bond with and relate to. Oh, and the dogs, of course! You've gotta have a dog. They’re usually the most relatable of all
Dani: What is your ultimate goal in life?
Dianna: To be the best mom and wife I can be, and to help young readers fall in love with books the way I did.