About Diane

I am a high school English teacher, author of three novels and a novella, and a watercolor artist from Central Massachusetts.


After ten years of Sunday-morning writing sessions and trading manuscripts, in the fall of 2022, Stephanie Monahan and I decided to start a joint venture of holiday-themed romantic novellas under the pen name Adele Adair. Steph and I share a love of tea, chocolate, reading by the fireplace, and books with happy endings, and we're excited to use our new alter-ego Adele to inspire fun and romantic stories. 


In a happy outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have also returned to my childhood love of art. I am an associate member of both the New England Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society, as well as a member of Arts Worcester. In May-June 2023, I'll have a painting on exhibit at the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Recently I contributed to the Learn to Paint Podcast blog with some thoughts on painting daffodils. You can follow my painting progress on instagram, @dianepaintsflowers and you can subscribe to my Substack for creative prompts, meditations on art and life, and other art news. I'd also love to connect on Pinterest, where I collect and share bits of inspiration.


When I’m not teaching, writing, and painting, I can be found rock climbing with my hubby, strumming my guitar and singing sad, sappy folk songs, or spending long hours in my kitchen baking homemade bread. 


About My Books


What She Inherits (2017) was named an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest 25th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. My first novel, Watch Me Disappear (2012), was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category in 2013, and my second, The Latecomers Fan Club (2013), was named a 2014 IndieReader Discovery Award winner. In 2015, I released a brief guide book to self-publishing called The Sane Person's Guide to Self-Publishing. From 2012 to 2018, I was the managing editor of The Worcester Review.