Diane Janes was born and educated in Birmingham, but lived in various parts of the north of England for most of her adult life, until recently moving to Devon. Having worked in everything from mortgages to engineering, she is now a full time author of fiction and investigative non-fiction, specialising in crime. When still an unpublished writer, she was short listed twice for the Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger and in 2010 was among the quartet of finalists in contention for the John Creasey Dagger. She is published in both the U.K. and the U.S.A. and some of her work has been translated into German and Japanese.
Diane regularly undertakes speaking engagements (see News & Events for those which are open to the general public) and very much enjoys getting out from behind her desk to meet people - although probably not quite as much as she enjoys writing and research!
Did you always want to be a writer? Always.
Which do you like doing best - fiction or non-fiction? I enjoy both equally - not least because they are two different disciplines.
Do you write every day? Yes - unless it is a designated day off or holiday.
What is your favourite book? A fiendishly difficult question... I have a great many favourites, but if I have to be pinned down, then Ill choose Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca.
And a favourite from this century? Lionel Shrivers We Need to Talk About Kevin stands out for me.
How did you first become interested in murder? That is such a long story, youll need to book me for an evening…