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About Me

I am an Australian author/freelance writer living in Far North Queensland. I own two unruly dogs and recently moved the 130 year old Cairns Rugby Union Club to the family farm. I call this monster The RUC and figure I’ll probably spend the rest of my life trying to renovate it.

My favourite pastime is writing and I’ve won over a dozen national and international writing awards, the latest being shortlisted (top three) in the prestigious 2016 Ruth Rendell Short Story award which was judged by the wonderful and talented Lynda La Plante.

You can read excerpts of the novels listed below on my Novel Excerpts Page.

The Everything Theory – which took out an Interactive Press Publishing award in 2009. One to read if you love ancient technology and scientific conspiracy.

Let Sleeping Gods Lie – which took out an Interactive Press Publishing award in 2007. Set in the cane fields of Far North Queensland.

Wolf Pear – Also set in the cane fields of Far North Queensland. One for those who love a psychic detective v. serial killer thriller.

The Eleventh Question – definitely one to read if you’re into philosophy.

My book Manslaughter and other Tears is a collection of my award winning short stories. I’ve included samples on this page.

 

Writing Awards

1995
Cairns Post Writers award (QLD)

1996
Harper Collins award publication (National)

1996
Cambridge Writers award (National)

1997
Harper Collins award (National)

1997
FishPublishing award (International)

2000
University of Canberra award (National)

2002
Kerry Greenwood award publication (National)

2002
Scarlet Stiletto award publication (National)

2004
Ginninderra Press award publication (National)

2005
Scarlet Stiletto award publication (National)

2007
Harlequin/MIRA press award publication (National)

2007
IP Picks award (National)

2009
IP Picks award (National)

2011
Quarterfinalist Amazon award (US)

2012
YWO Book of the Year Award (Soul’s Child)

2016
Top three shortlist – International Ruth Rendell award

 

For more information I have a LULU author page (where you can find hard copies of my books) and an Amazon author page.

 

I’ve recently been making book trailers. Check them out if you have a minute and let me know what you think.

The following links will take you to more of my trailers on YouTube. I also take videos of the sugar cane harvesting in my area so feel free to have a sneaky peek around my YouTube channel!

Wolf Pear

The Eleventh Question

Let Sleeping Gods Lie

The Everything Theory

If you need help with your writing or are looking for a ghost writer or beta reader I’d be only too happy to help.

Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!

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  1. authorashley / Jun 20 2012 2:41 pm

    Thanks so much for following my blog!

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    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 7:57 am

      Thank you, Ashley. The humour in your blogs is brilliant!

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  2. Nathan McVeigh / Jul 1 2012 3:57 am

    Thanks Dianne for following my blog. I’m so glad to have found your blog with such promise for good writing tips. By the way, what do you mean by “a new-age Rottweiler?” Just curious.

    Keep on keeping on.

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    • diannegray / Jul 1 2012 6:34 am

      Hi Nathan – she’s just a sweet, sensitive girl and Rottweiler’s can sometimes have a bad reputation so I’m trying to improve that 🙂

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  3. Jen Baxter / Jul 1 2012 5:19 am

    Hi Dianne!
    Thank you so much for liking my new post, Down Under in Amed. Really appreciate it.

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    • diannegray / Jul 1 2012 6:32 am

      My pleasure, Jen. Looking forward to reading your blogs!

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  4. Elizabeth / Jul 1 2012 7:57 pm

    Hello, Dianne! Thanks for coming to my blog, and I’m thrilled to have read yours. I loved your most recent entry and I’m looking forward to hearing from you again!

    Elizabeth

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    • diannegray / Jul 1 2012 9:42 pm

      My pleasure Elizabeth! Look forward to reading more of your blogs 🙂

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  5. Richard J Lester / Jul 3 2012 10:08 am

    Thanks for the visit Dianne. Great to hear from down under!

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    • diannegray / Jul 3 2012 9:35 pm

      Thanks Richard! It’s freezing here at the moment, hope the weather is nicer in your neck of the woods 🙂

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  6. jahnosecret / Jul 3 2012 1:31 pm

    I appreciate you following my blog. I look forward to checking out your stuff too. Sorry I can’t help you with the Dog Whisperer thing, I have only mastered the art of shouting!

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    • diannegray / Jul 3 2012 9:39 pm

      Hahaha – I do some shouting as well – particularly when I find my new shoes buried in the garden. Looking forward to following you too 🙂

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  7. Josh Ingram / Jul 3 2012 8:40 pm

    Hello there! I write to you from Medford in Southern Oregon. Thanks for the like and the follow! I wish you the best!

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    • diannegray / Jul 3 2012 9:41 pm

      Hi Josh – I hope the weather over there is better than it is in Southern Australia at the moment! Minus 5 and very icy. Looking forward to following your blog 😉

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      • Josh Ingram / Jul 4 2012 5:46 am

        Hey Dianne!

        Yeah, that’s intense. My record low is a measly 11 degrees. Presently, it’s two weeks into Summer with the seasonal weather just beginning to show itself.

        My goal for the blog was to write everyday for a year. My most intense and (in my opinion) pertinent posts have been written. My intent is to eventually turn this into a devotional. My anniversary is the seventeenth! I plan on posting once a week while I go back and edit my preceding posts with the devotional in mind.

        I really appreciate your interest and look forward to talking more in the future! Blessings to you.

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  8. diannegray / Jul 4 2012 7:59 am

    Wow – a blog every day! Now that is something amazing. I’ll go back and read through the others 🙂

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  9. sherrylcook / Jul 7 2012 11:54 am

    Hello! Thank you for following my blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours very interesting! Have a great weekend!

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  10. sandrabranum / Jul 7 2012 10:27 pm

    Wow. A crocodile farm and “subzero” weather. Australia sounds so neat. Do you have much of a fly problem in the summer? Thanks for finding my blog and subscribing. Can’t wait to see more of your posts. Regards.

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    • diannegray / Jul 7 2012 10:42 pm

      Hi Sandra – yes a crocodile farm in the tropics and now sub-zero further south – Australia is a very big place 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your blogs. Best of luck with the contest!

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  11. robincoyle / Jul 7 2012 11:24 pm

    Thanks for the follow! We writers need to stick together, right?

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  12. rj / Jul 8 2012 2:02 am

    Thank you for the follow. I hope you enjoy my posts and I look forward to reading more of yours. Enjoy and keep writing…

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 2:49 am

      And thank you, too! Look forward to reading more of your posts as well

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  13. melangehere / Jul 8 2012 8:32 am

    I was surprised to find that I got a follower…Thank you soooo much Dianne. You are such an inspiration ! 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 8 2012 8:51 am

      Thank you for putting your tips up for a better weekend! I really enjoyed reading it 🙂

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  14. boomiebol / Jul 8 2012 2:36 pm

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog :). Still having issues with WP and posting my comments, but i am hoping you get this.

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    • diannegray / Jul 15 2012 8:02 am

      Hey Boomiebol – Your writing is beautiful. Thanks so much for stopping past my blog!

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  15. josephinely / Jul 9 2012 11:06 am

    Thanks for following my blog ! I really appreciate that. Have a great day !

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  16. Shawn Zahedi / Jul 9 2012 3:39 pm

    Hi Dianne,

    The imprint of your eyes is sustenance for the living words on my blog.
    Thank you so much for visiting, liking and following my blog.

    I look forward to reading your posts as well!

    Shawn (from Los Angeles, California)

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  17. kaleiyahp / Jul 9 2012 6:26 pm

    Hi, Dianne! Thank you so much for liking my book review of Redwall and following my blog! I don’t have that much experience with book reviews yet, and I also wish to become a novelist like yourself. Best of luck to both of us in our future writing endeavors, whatever they may be!

    KP

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2012 9:22 pm

      I thought it was really good (didn’t realise it was your first attempt). Keep it up 🙂

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      • kaleiyahp / Jul 9 2012 10:44 pm

        Thank you! I wouldn’t say it was my first attempt at a review (I wrote one for First Along the River by Benjamin Kline previously), but now that I think about it, it’s definitely my first review on fiction I’ve posted. Glad you liked it 🙂

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  18. dbrookings / Jul 9 2012 7:35 pm

    Thanks for the follow. You have some excellent advice on your blog. Thanks and keep the faith. Cheers.

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    • diannegray / Jul 9 2012 9:23 pm

      Thank you – and good luck with your writing!

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  19. iagosghost / Jul 10 2012 2:30 am

    Thank you for following my blog!

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    • diannegray / Jul 10 2012 8:05 am

      Thanks, Ben! I come from a family of six children, I’m sur