About Me

I’m a children’s author with a need to blather on now and then, so why not share it with the world, right?

I live in Martensville, Saskatchewan and am a recent widow. I was born in Regina, Saskatchewan with no intention of ever becoming a writer.

“I’m gonna be a writer? Good one!”

I have lived in many different Saskatchewan communites including Creighton, Martensville, Meadow Lake, Pilot Butte, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon.

My first job was at a Dairy Queen in Saskatoon. Next I worked in the kitchen of a nursing home, washing pots. Then I was a labourer at a meat packing plant. It was there that I met my future husband and also there that I realized it was time to go back to school.

I took a two year Biological Sciences course at Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Saskatoon. For the next 16 years I worked as a research technician in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Due to a lack of funds, I was laid off.

“A change is as good as a rest” so I decided to return to school. I completed the Teacher Assistant program at SIAST/Kelsey Campus in May 2000, and am now working as an Educational Assistant at Caroline Robins Community School in Saskatoon.

I began writing in 1986. I’m afraid I’m not disciplined enough to ever consider writing full-time, but I enjoy it when I do write. I have had five books published so far – four picture books (three fiction and one non-fiction) and an early chapter book.

The smartest thing I ever did was joining a children’s writing group in 1990 – The Children’s Writers’ Round Robin.

My favourite picture book when I was little was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss and my favourite chapter book was Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell.

My favourite colour is green.

My favourite season is spring, only slightly ahead of summer.

My favourite hot drink is rooibos tea. (I hate coffee!) My favourite cold drink is milk.


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  1. Dianne,
    The more I get to know you through facebook and this blog the more I realize what an amazing person you are. I kind of knew that already by seeing you work with Dreyson (sp?) this year. You are always so positive, uplifting and funny…a great gift for those who work with you! Wishing you all the best this school year 🙂
    Thane

  2. Hello,

    I am a wannabe children’s author and have written a story I believe is geared toward tier 1 age group. I was hoping you would read it through and give some feed back. I’ve not gone through this process before and any information regarding the story itself would be
    appreciated. I think it would be a quick 5 minute read – I’d just like an opinion as to whether the idea works or not. Would you be willing?

    Darren

  3. I gave a book report on Green Eggs and Ham when I was in the first grade. It is good to hear others appreciate that book!

  4. Planning a Bio Sci reunion for Aug 2017 Please email me on the best way to get hold of you.

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