Dianne Zanetti


Dianne Zanetti is the mother of four young-adult children. She lives in Perth, Western Australia and is currently completing an Arts Degree at Edith Cowan University. In her spare time, Dianne works as a volunteer for Underdog Writing Services where she writes Family Court and other legal administration documents for disadvantaged clients and small business operators.

For the past thirty years, Dianne has focused on writing creative non-fiction; however, she is currently writing poetry and short fiction stories inspired by events that occurred in her youth. Dianne's poem, "Close Call", was highly commended in the 2013 Talus Prize for Poetry. "Betrayed" is the first of Dianne's short stories to be published on-line.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Western Australia. Our family was living in the small wheat-belt town of Quairading when I was born, but we moved to the capital city, Perth, just over a year later. I spent my early childhood and junior Primary school years in Perth and within walking distance from the idyllic Scarborough Beach. We followed my father’s career around the countryside and moved every couple of years, so I also lived in the small country towns of Cranbrook, Quairading (again), Cunderdin, and Northam (boarding school) until the early 80’s when I left home and relocated to Perth. Since then I’ve lived in Sydney on the east coast of Australia and in the towns of Mukinbudin and Quairading (for the third time) and prior to starting university in 2009, I’d spent twenty years living off-and-on in Perth and the Pilbara mining town of Newman.
How did living in these locations influence your writing?
I’m not sure. I suppose any sort of travelling provides a writer with a broader range of landscapes to choose from when establishing place in a story, but I think it has probably helped me more with character development than anything else. I’m conscious of the different ways people from urban, rural, and remote environments speak, behave and interact. I understand their motivations and cultural idiosyncrasies. I suppose that comes from having to observe people and to work out what is considered ‘normal’ in each new place.
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Where to find Dianne Zanetti online

Twitter: @DianneZanetti
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Price: Free! Words: 2,780. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Teenager, Olivia Tobias, discovers that everyone has a dark side - including the people she loves. When Olivia is forced to pack her bags and leave the family home in the middle of the night, she has nowhere to go. Who can she turn to? Her boyfriend, Mark? Can he be trusted?

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