I spent much of 2015 publishing the Love & Other Stuff series: six books in all, spanning the years 2006-2014. Six books that tell a story about me and my life with all its joy, sorrow, failures, successes and achievements. They are six books that I’m super proud of and as a legacy item, my daughter and her children and their children will never wonder who I was.
While I was compiling these books, I noticed that there some posts—essays, if you will—that I felt stood out more than others. Everyone who read them said they were awesome. These essays are brave, honest and raw: and some of my best writing. To paraphrase Cheryl Strayed (one of my favourite authors), when I wrote these particular essays, I wrote like a motherfucker.
Reading back, I am struck by how much emotion I have poured into the pieces that make up this essay collection. Some of them were written when I was heartbroken, lost and trying to navigate my way through one of many of life’s mazes. Some are odes to survival. Others are prayers to a future that has not, and may not, arrive. Still others just tell it like it is.
I wanted to share these essays with you as an exclusive introduction to my writing. It is my hope that you will like what you’ve read and seek out and buy my other books, or follow my blog The Diane Lee Project or join my mailing list.
I won’t bore you will all those details now. All that information is at the end of the book.
For now, sit back, relax and enjoy my essays.
Diane Lee is author of the Love & Other Brave Acts series and a number of short stories, and Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at Delicious Publishing. A former English teacher, she now works part-time in corporate learning and development.
She has a Master of Arts in a Communication Management and has worked in public relations and marketing communications. She is a huge fan of the Oxford comma and probably overuses em dashes. Diane is the mother of a well-behaved daughter, the employee of a much adored cat and chronically single.
Her main claims to fame are serendipitously touching Benedict Cumberbatch at OzComicCon in 2014 and making Markus Zusak—author of The Book Thief—guffaw at his book signing. Bruce Campbell retweeted her once and Justin Timberlake may have read her blog. Diane lives in Adelaide, South Australia.