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Dianne is the author of several novels and picture books. Her YA novels have been short-listed for various awards and are read in schools within Australia and overseas.
Dianne grew up in Melbourne, Bangkok and Albury and after training as a teacher, worked in Perth, the hills of Nepal and downtown Tokyo. She now lives on the south coast of WA with her daughter and an exuberant spotty dog.
According to her, she has always been a book worm and she still has some of the stories she wrote in primary school. Her first novel Dolphin Song was published in 1995. Dianne goes to great lengths to research for her books and in 2002 Dianne walked the Kokoda Track as part of her research for a YA novel, Shadows Walking. Her first picture book, Photographs in the Mud with award-winning illustrator, Brian Harrison-Lever also came from this trip and has been workshopped internationally.
Dianne likes to explore in her writing, topics that are of interest to her, therefore she enjoys writing about different cultures, friendship and taking chances. She also likes to explore ideas from different perspectives and three of her books (Dolphin Song, Choices and Photographs in the Mud) are written from more than one point of view.
Dianne’s book Lighthouse Girl was awarded the West Australian Young Readers' Award, a 2010 CBCA Notable Book of the Year for Older Readers and was shortlisted for two Premiers' Awards. Dianne's most recent books are the heartwarming picture book Granny Grommet and Me and Light Horse Boy, the companion novel to Lighthouse Girl.