Diana Holquist


390px_33aI love to write. That’s pretty much all I do. Ask my family about the undone laundry, the un-bought groceries, and the fact that I rarely find time to get dressed in the morning. Actually, if you train your family right, they won’t notice any of these things. “Popcorn for dinner again! Cool!” say my filthy children.

I spent my formative years as an advertising copywriter in New York City writing award-winning ads for Pepsi, Doritos, Sony, BMW and other huge multi-national corporations. “Come back when it’s funny,” my creative director used to say. It was the world’s best training ground for writing fast and tight. I loved that guy.

Then I fell in love with writing romance novels. I left advertising and published six contemporary romantic comedies under my name and as Sophie Gunn. They got starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly, won the New York Book Festival award for Best Novel, and have been Golden Heart, RITA, and Reader’s Choice Award finalists. But more important, I got to hang out with the most amazing people I’d ever encountered–romance writers and romance readers.

I sure do miss you guys!

(If you’re into romance, click here for more info on my romance novels.)

Meanwhile, I had two amazing kids. Raising them shifted my writing focus from romance to life without romance–that is life as a mom. Just kidding. Sort of. You know how it is. Anyway, having kids made me rethink books, publishing, and parenting in the modern age. I took a break from romance novels to explore the worlds of children’s literature and parenting crazysauce.

What else do you want to know about me? I love kids. I love cats. I love chocolate. (Not necessarily in that order.) I live just outside of Philadelphia with two wonderful kids, three geriatric cats, and one beloved husband.

Okay, that’s enough about me. Let’s talk funny books, inspiring kids, and the woes and triumphs of parenting in the modern world.