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Author Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer—born Diane Woodward—inherited the well-known newscaster’s name when she married Robert Sawyer from Goshen, New York. Diane grew up in the resort town of Greenport with a population of about 3,000, at the tip of Long Island’s North Shore. She and her friends enjoyed swimming, fishing, boating, and just plain having fun spending time together. She still corresponds with many of them and looks forward to all their news.

It’s no secret that Diane loved going to school, especially researching and writing essays and term papers. She graduated from SUNY at Albany, New York (BA) with studies in Latin, French, and Education; Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey (MA), majoring in French Literature; and Fordham University, where she received a Ph.D. in French with minor areas of concentration in Latin and History. In addition, she completed a summer program at the Institut de Phonétique, L’Université de Paris, France, while living in the Latin Quarter at le Grand Hotel Moderne (which was neither grand nor modern). Robert stayed home in New York lovingly caring for their son Kirk and daughter Barrie, running the home, and maintaining his sanity.

After graduation from SUNY at Albany, they moved to the small town of Tallman, near New York City, to enjoy the big city’s museums and Broadway shows. Diane taught at both Spring Valley High and Ramapo High in Rockland County, and was the Coordinator of English as a Second Language Program district-wide for three years. At SUNY Westchester, Robert was the Chairman of the Accounting Department, which included several related disciplines. Diane and Robert: a marriage of words and numbers! When their children left home, the couple, tired of shoveling snow and fighting dandelions, moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. They absolutely loved the weather and swimming in their pool. Robert volunteered at several museums, including the Florida International, Fine Arts, and Dali, but left time to care for their lush lawn and park-like setting.

Initially splitting her time between educational consulting and writing short stories, Diane eventually shifted to full-time writing. So far she has 5 novels and more than 30 short stories published. She enjoys volunteering as a docent at the Dali Museum and working with the Friends of the South Branch Library. She loves adventure travel, fitness, friends, and family, especially her son and daughter, Kirk and Barrie, her daughter-in-law Lin, her son-in-law Lou, and three terrific grandchildren Colin, Cael, and Sonia. Diane writes every day—in her office, on the deck overlooking the pool, anywhere and everywhere. She is currently working on a trio of books set in St. Pete. She credits her education for the success of her books, which rely heavily on the research that she weaves through the plot and into the lives of her characters.