Diane’s fascination with travel and people in general started when she was a young girl held captive in the back seat of her parents’ Plymouth Fury as they traveled the United States every summer.
Diane has been a writer and editor since 1982, working at daily metro newspapers including the St. Petersburg Times, Florida Today, and the Boston Globe. She has been freelancing full time since 2002, writing for newspapers, magazines, websites, nonprofits, and more.
Diane’s farm-travel guidebook Farm Fresh North Carolina, the first of its kind in the country, came out in 2011 from the University of North Carolina Press, which has since launched a “Farm Fresh” series. Diane has contributed to other books, including “27 Views of Durham” in 2012; “Checking In 2007: Places to Stay in New England,” and “The New York Times Practical Guide to Practically Everything: The Essential Companion for Everyday Life,” in 2006.
In 2012, Diane won the Personal Essay category in the American Society of Journalists and Authors Awards for “Once, a Husband,” published in the New York Times, and also was awarded an Emerging Artists Grant from the Durham Arts Council to assist with transgender-themed writing. In 2008, Diane won a national Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award for her New York Times story on regional home exchanges.
Diane occasionally teaches writing workshops and consults with tourism entities, especially in lesser-known or rural areas.
After a dozen years in Durham, North Carolina, Diane, her (Dutch) partner/photographer Selina Kok and their scrawny black cat in 2014 relocated to Veldhoven/Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Diane’s North American headquarters headed south to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.