Diana Mellor


I'm a girl from the north country and proud of it. Married with 4 children and 10 grandchildren, I retired from teaching maths to watch people, which led to some stories based on observations of a village in the Languedoc, and this led to the stories passed down in my own family, and biographies of my sister and my college friends. All of my work is part fact, part fiction, and I write about what is meaningful to me, especially my poetry. I do know it's hard to stick my head over the parapet and be judged, so as my grandma used to say, if you can't say anything nice, well say nowt. So not all of my work is published at the moment, but when it is, it is free, though I ask that you make a donation to a charity of your choice, perhaps cancer research or support, especially for children, like CLIC Sargent, or MND, in lieu, because you get nowt for nowt! You could donate at https://www.justgiving.com/Diana-Mellor2 or to donate by text, send DEME67 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small rail and mining town in Co Durham, with a family who had struggled through the Depression, and the War, and their Methodist and Socialist values were a big influence upon me. My Great Granny "ruled" the family; she was very strict, very strong and very respected by the whole community. She was one of the biggest influences in my early life.
When did you first start writing?
I have written bits and pieces since I was a child - poems, stories, letters.
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Where to find Diana Mellor online

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The Cat's Mother
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
These are poems which reflect my life. They are free because I hope to raise money through donations to charity in lieu of payment. So please make a donation to a charity which supports Childhood Cancer. Because they have been personal until now, they may not be to everyone's taste, so no unkind reviews please. They are free, remember.
My Poems, By Me
Price: Free! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
Free poetry, but although it is from my heart, I cannot claim it is good poetry. I'm no Shakespeare! But I have collected it together so that I can ask for donations to raise money for Clic Sargent, a children's cancer charity.
Let's Raise a Glass to Absent Friends
Price: Free! Words: 8,920. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies
(5.00 from 1 review)
A tribute to a beloved sister who passed away in 2008, just before she was sixty. All she ever wanted was to be loved and remembered by her family and friends raising a glass to her now and then. And we do. Perhaps those downloading this book would also make a small donation to a Cancer Research charity in memory of my sister, or a loved one of their own.
Joie de Vivre
Price: Free! Words: 21,960. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Stories about real people in a real village in the Languedoc featured in Une Petite Revolution Francaise. Some are sequels, some prequels, some just little stories about the "characters" in that idyllic village in which an English lottery winner settled. Don't expect "sex in the sun", it's about the quality of life real people there enjoy,despite the hardships suffered by France in the past.
As Good As Anybody And Better Than Most
Price: Free! Words: 51,630. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
(4.71 from 7 reviews)
My book is part fact, part fiction, based on my family history. Although times have been hard for my family, for generations there have been tales of royal connections. Riches to rags you might say, because there have certainly been rags. Methodism and socialism helped bring about a high family moral code. A free book, but a donation to a charity of your choice in lieu of payment is requested.
Une Petite Révolution Française
Price: Free! Words: 39,810. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
A fictional biography, based on real people in a real village, living the French life. Dumped by her husband on their 30th wedding anniversary, our heroine had sweet revenge when she won millions on the National Lottery. In an ancient village in the Languedoc, she was determined to change her own life, and the lives of her neighbours. And she did, by appreciating their history.

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Smashwords book reviews by Diana Mellor

  • Minnie on Sep. 14, 2012

    I am pleased that most people liked and rated this book. It's hard to expose yourself and be judged, and Laura Russell (see unkind review below) must be a particularly nasty person. I liked the book and agree with all the good things said.