Dianne has always been a bookworm. She reads and writes across genres and is author of 17 books. Dianne has a teaching background and loves sharing her story-writing passion via workshops and presentations using practical examples. Her award-winning historical titles Lighthouse Girl and Light Horse Boy have inspired stage adaptations and street theatre The Giants, 2015. A lifelong fascination for animal stories led Dianne to PhD research in Anthropomorphism in Australian Children’s Literature, resulting in CBCA Notable The Shark Caller (a quest novel linked to the ancient practice of calling sharks) and her forthcoming title The Dog with Seven Names. Dianne proudly supports Room to Read.