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Diane likes to brag that she has had a library card since she was in Kindergarten. She was born in Aurora, Illinois in 1943. When she was fifteen years old, her family moved to Minneapolis. Since then she has considered both Illinois and Minnesota her home states. In 1977, Diane earned a B.A. in Social Work at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. After working in that field for eight years, Diane returned to graduate school at the University of Minnesota where she earned an MSW. She worked as a psychotherapist at a community mental health center and a clinical social worker at a psychiatric hospital. Diane has also managed a group home housing developmentally disabled adults. Moving away from the seriousness of social work, Diane worked for more than ten years managing a group of saleswomen, selling lingerie at home parties.
Like many people, her dream was to someday write a novel. Currently she is semi-retired, works part-time at Kishwaukee College Library in Malta, IL and lives in Sycamore, IL. In 2007, Diane took a creative fiction writing course. One of her stories produced for that class won second prize and was published in the 2008 Kameilian Literary and Arts Magazine.
Diane has three children and seven grandchildren. When not writing, she enjoys crocheting, visiting her friends in Minnesota and an occasional trip to Las Vegas. "Too Dead To Dance" is her first novel. Her second Jennifer Penny mystery is "Shake Down Dead" and "Relatively Dead" will be published in late 2012.
on Nov. 17, 2012 :
I had fun visiting the Polka festival! I miss dancing!! Lovely word pictures, people portraits, created a feeling of thereness I totally enjoyed. Looking forward to more - I hope!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on May 16, 2011 :
A good who done it. Well written and an enjoyable read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on April 27, 2010 :
Too Dead To Dance
In the world of cozy mysteries and amateur sleuths, Too Dead Too Dance by Diane Morlan is a brightly shining star. Set in a small Minnesota town during its annual Polka Daze Festival, Ms. Morlan tells a tantalizing story with a well-developed plot featuring interesting, if not somewhat eccentric, characters. Not the least of these characters is the story’s heroine, Jennifer Penny. When her good friend, Sister Bernadine, becomes an unlikely suspect in a murder investigation, Jennifer does what she does best: she snoops around into everybody’s business until she unravels the truth. Like you would feel after relishing a well-seasoned brat washed down by an ice cold Leinenkugel, you’ll find yourself hungry for more of this tasty morsel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)