Diane Partie Tyrrel was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. At an early
age she moved with her family to Santa Barbara, California, where
she grew up "scribbling". She started writing seriously
when she was a stay-at-home mom with young children. At the same
time, she was finishing college with a degree in interior design
and a specialty certification in residential interior design. Diane
and her husband David Tyrrel own a remodel construction business
and have bought and fixed up several old houses. It was one of these
restoration experiences that inspired her first novel, On the Edge
of the Woods.
Besides real estate, hobbies include landscape painting, belly dancing,
gardening and, of course, reading. She lives in Northern California.
Note from the author
One summer when I was a kid, my family was traveling across
country by car, and my mother and I took turns reading aloud from
a book that really captured my imagination. I don't know what the
book was called or who wrote it, but it was the quintessential gothic
romance, a passionate love story with shivery suspense---probably
a bit trashy---and I loved it. When I was in sixth grade, I read
Victoria Holt's Mistress of Mellyn, and once again, I loved that
combination of suspense and romance.
My gothic romance is contemporary; and in modern-day California
we don't have too many stone castles or wild, windswept moors. We
do have gorgeous, moody landscapes constantly changing with the
weather and the seasons, and beautiful people who fall in love and
fight and fall prey to misunderstandings of the heart, like people
all over the world.