D.W. Harper - Author, Illustrator, and Publisher
Diane Harper was born and raised in the small historic town of Lockport, New York. She lived and worked in the area until she began her career as a flight attendant for a major airline. Diane uses Lockport as the setting for her mystery novels and incorporates the town’s remarkable history in the stories. Diane and her husband, Ron, were residing in Jacksonville, Florida when she retired in 2000 to stay at home with her two young children.
In 2003, she began working at St. Johns Golf and Country Club, a semi-private club managed by the Billy Casper Corporation. She enjoyed nine years in the Beverage Cart Sales, Instruction and Training Department.
In November of 2011, Diane established her own independent publishing company called HayMarBooks, LLC. She has five award-winning books published through her company: Love, Greed and Lie$; The Lost Twin; Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden Forest; and Jace’s Adventure at Crystal Lagoon. Her most recent publication is the third book in her Jace Adventure Series, Jace’s Adventure at Children’s Hospital. As an award-winning children's book author, illustrator, and publisher, Diane donates her time at elementary schools, presenting seminars that focus on writing. She explains how a book goes from an idea to a printed book. This includes showing finished book manuscripts, original illustrations, and book edits.
Diane accepted a position on the 2016 Florida Author and Publishers Association (FAPA) Board of Directors as the Social Media Chairperson. In 2018, she was reelected to a second two-year term. She won the ’50 Great Writers You Should be Reading’ contest. Her essay is published in The Author Show 2017 printed addition.
Diane recently started an Etsy account online, DWRockDesigns. She showcases and sells her one of a kind handcrafted rock art. Her rock designs include handpainted ladybug and bumble bee tic-tac-toe games, flowers, loving couples with family, baby feet and painted rocks that look like cacti. Her rock design ideas are endless. In 2018, she opened an online account with the popular Teacher Pay Teacher (TPT). She sells clip art pictures, stock photos, word puzzles, and much more.