Today, it's my pleasure to welcome Diane Fanning as guest blogger. She might not be the person you think she is. I'll let Diane tell you about herself. Thank you, Diane.
MISTAKEN IDENTITY is the name of my just released book but it also could be something you’d call me if you did a Google search of Diane Fanning. You’d find links to Diane Fanning, the True Crime writer. Yes, that’s me, I have had ten books in that genre published by St. Martin’s Press.
You’d also find links to Diane Fanning, fiction writer. That’s me, too. MISTAKEN IDENTITY is my third book in my mystery series featuring a Virginia-based Homicide Detective. And for my local Texas readers, it’s the book that takes the detective on a fact-finding trip to the Lone Star state.
Google will take you to a number of other places that are not me—like many links to news stories about a rude Diane Fanning in North Carolina, a travel site with a comment about a cruise from a woman with my name who is married to a guy named Jim, and a language arts teacher in the Houston area.
So who am I? I’ve been a waitress, a veterinary assistant and a 9-year-old girl who barely escaped a stranger abduction. I’ve worked in radio, television, an advertising agency and non-profit organizations. Right now, I am a full-time crime writer—authoring books in both fiction and non-fiction.
I am best known for my True Crime books—being a finalist for an Edgar Award certainly helped there. And I continue to write in that genre—my latest being a book about the Caylee Anthony story titled MOMMY’S LITTLE GIRL. My current non-fiction project is a book about Raynella Dossett Leath. She claimed her first husband, the Knox County Attorney General, was killed in a cattle stampede. She said her second husband committed suicide. She has been found guilty of the murder of hubby #2 and is now facing a trial in the death of her first spouse.
But, I also write fiction. My current writing obsession here is the troubled detective, Lucinda Pierce. Like many people involved in the world of crime in real life, Lucinda’s world is filled with dark passages, that propelled her into a career in law enforcement. As a teenager, she watched her father shoot her mother and then committed suicide. As a police officer, she suffered facial disfigurement from a shotgun blast while on a domestic violence call.
In a synchronicity I didn’t notice until after the fact, my first two True Crime books were about serial killers as were my first two Lucinda books. With my non-fiction, I shifted to a more personal crime in the third book as I did with MISTAKEN IDENTITY. In this novel, clues are contradictory, motivation obscured by lies and the hidden secrets are bizarre. It follows Lucinda as she unravels the complexities of a double murder that reveals the depth of childhood scars and the costs of irresponsible parenting.
If you’d like to get a taste of this book and a feel for my style, you can read the first chapter on my website. In fact, if you go to the Reading Room page, you can click a cover and read an excerpt from any one of my books. Other places you’ll find me are on my personal blog, Writing Is A Crime; and on a cooperative blog, Women in Crime Ink.
Thank you, Diane, for taking time for the guest blog. Check out the book trailer for Mistaken Identity.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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