Diana’s passion for history and travel has taken her to every locale of her stories, set in Medieval and Renaissance England, Egypt, the Mediterranean, colonial Virginia, New England, and New York. When not writing, she runs CostPro, Inc., an engineering business, with her husband Chris. In her spare time, Diana bicycles, golfs, plays her piano, devours books of any genre, and spends as much time as possible just livin’ the dream on her beloved Cape Cod.
Her primary writing genre: biographical novels.
One of her newest books, however, is a cookbook, Around the World In 80 Meals, The Best of Cruise Ship Cuisine.
Imagine waking up on a different ship in a new port of call every day, and treating your taste buds to a gourmet meal every evening, each carefully prepared by one of the best chefs afloat. This book highlights the most interesting menus and recipes of a diversity of cruise lines, from the luxurious Cunard Line, famed for its opulent ocean liners, to a small but highly exclusive line of yachts that offer the most personalized cruise experience.
Why did you decide to write this book? – My husband Chris and I are hooked on cruises, so I thought a good idea would be a cookbook featuring 7 famous cruise ship menus, with recipes for each item, and a write-up of the history of each featured cruise ship, with a general history of pleasure cruising.
What’s your next writing project? – Either a biographical novel about First Lady Edith Roosevelt (Theodore’s wife) or Susan B. Anthony.
How long have you been writing? – I wrote the first draft of my first novel in 1982 but always wrote short stories—since about age 8.
Where do you see your writing in the next 3-5 years? – I hope to gain more recognition for my biographical novels about real historical figures because there’s no shortage of fascinating people to write about.
Where is your favorite place to write? – What kind of atmosphere do you need? Quiet, music, coffee, wine? Any tricks to get in the zone? I write at my computer in my home office, in front of a northwest-facing window which gives me a view of trees and beautiful sunsets. I need absolute quiet. I drink either water or coconut milk with pineapple juice, and munch on sunflower seeds or cashews.
What genres do you prefer to read? – Mostly historical, either fiction or nonfiction, but I’m big into the paranormal, so anything to do with ghosts, the spirit world, witches, anything otherworldly—including time travel.
What’s your favorite book or movie? – Oh, so many…I’d have to say Amadeus for the movie since I’m a huge Mozart fan. One of my Top Five books is The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George. Reading that book is the closest I’ll ever get to traveling back in time to Henry VIII’s court.
What do you do for fun when you’re not writing? – Weather permitting: sit on the beach with a good beach book, bicycle, golf, and hike. All other times: play racquetball, read, play my piano, and when my husband and I can get away (it’s difficult since we own an engineering business), go on cruises—we’re totally hooked.
Another book Diana recently published is Eliza Jumel Burr, Vice Queen of The United States a biographical novel about the wife of Aaron Burr.
Abandoned and left to survive on the streets of Providence, Betsy Bowen dreams of being reunited with her father – none other than George Washington. During her ninety-one years, she begs, sells her body, marries a rich man, marries a poor man, solves a murder, meets her father in secret and becomes Eliza Jumel, the wealthiest woman in New York City. She actually could have been George Washington’s daughter, according to the historical record as he visited Providence nine months before she was born.