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Wanda Dionne is the author of three young adult historical novels, one children’s picture book, and two adult suspense novels. She is an award-winning author, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Baylor University. She has written professionally for newspapers and magazines and is a former Women’s Editor of The Orange (Texas) Leader, at that time the youngest Women’s Editor in the state. She served as Entertainment Editor and Celebrity Reporter for The Tampa (Florida) Tribune.
Her non-fiction articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Writers’ Digest. She and her husband own Rainbow Personnel, a personnel placement firm exclusively for the insurance industry in Houston, Texas. Wife, mother, and active in the Houston, Texas, writers’ community, she is also one of the founders of The Woodlands (Texas) Writers’ Guild.
Wanda has made numerous school appearances in period costume, bringing a suitcase of Victorian and Civil War artifacts for student readers to enjoy. She encourages middle grade and high school audiences to participate in the lifetime adventure of reading.
“Most writers learn over time that they have a central theme they return to over and over again. I write about victims who overcome. If I can inspire readers to draw on the strength that is within themselves, I have done my job well,” she said.
From junior high on, I knew I wanted to be a writer. I worked on school newspapers and received my degree in Journalism from Baylor University. I started as a reporter writing obituaries and details of car crashes and school board meetings, working my way up to Entertainment Editor of The Tampa Tribune and eventually to become the youngest Women’s Editor on a Texas daily newspaper. I’ve freelanced in the magazine market and I have written and published three young adult historical books, one children’s book and two adult suspense novels.
As a writer and one of the founders of The Woodlands Writers Guild, The Woodlands, Texas, (now known as Writers of The Woodlands), I believe that what you give is what you get. Be encouraged by reading, attending classes, developing relationships, and actively pursuing your dreams.