Diane Lynn McGyver lives on a small farm in Nova Scotia, Canada where she raises Toggenburg goats and heritage breed chickens. She’s been writing since she could hold a pencil. Her work has appeared in hundreds of publications since 1998.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing at a very early age. I recall in elementary I owned several Camp Fire notebooks filled with little stories and plays. They were all printed in pencil. Eventually I switched to pen, cursive writing and loose leaf.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first story when I was so young that I don't recall it. The first story I remember writing was about finding a black wild dog in the woods. He became 'the gang's' dog and spent his time between the homes of the young members who were between the ages of eight and twelve. They named him Sam the Wild Dog. This dog was the most amazing dog ever and saved a kid from drowning.
By the way, that was based on a real story that happened to me.
Life Near Water is a collection of short stories that transports readers to locations across Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. McGyver’s love for the sea shines in The Ocean Between Them, and her keen interest in genealogy and history plays interesting rolls in The Man Who Reads Obituaries, Dancing in the Shine and War on His Shore. Miss Tuttle's Lemon Tart and Mutated Blood Lines complete the book.
Fowl Summer Nights is about a retired Canada Post worker whose husband has passed on and she's left with an empty nest. Her children tell her to get a hobby, so she does—one that drives her neighbours crazy.
Bronwyn Darrow is a young dwarf eager to celebrate the end of his educational years and to embark on his future trade. He would love to ask the girl of his dreams to the celebrations, but he’s too shy. The morning of the big day he’s surprised when she asks him. Is this his dream date or his worst nightmare?
Catriona Wheatcroft is a young, ambitious girl living in Maskil. Although she’s been told she’s not ready to cast complicated spells, she’s determined to get her hands on a magical scroll. When the perfect opportunity arrives, Catriona grabs it. Will she succeed and prove everyone wrong, or will she take on more magic than she can control and bring tragedy to her life?
Rita Krumb is a loner. Her neighbour, Sophie Tuttle, is an elderly lady who knows how to recruit. When they meet over a bag of potatoes, an unusual friendship begins, one that revolves around lemon tarts and a million dollars.
Olivia still mourns the tragic loss of her parents. To aid in the healing, she has created a haven on her farm. John is a drifter who arrives in Scarinish with a secret and a mysterious past. When Olivia hires him as a farmhand, the passion ignites.
Love blossoms, but outside forces wreak havoc on their private sanctuary, and the past rushes in. Will the truth destroy their love or set them free?
Bronwyn Darrow vows to never fall victim to love again. Alaura of Niamh, a half-breed enchantress with a deadly past, takes refuge in Bronwyn’s hometown. When the two meet, the spell which binds them is stronger than their fears of falling in love. When an orphan weaves their lives together, they embark on a journey destined to either destroy or deliver them to the passion living in their hearts.