Diane Fanning is one of America’s premier Crime novelists and True Crime authors. At the top of a genre that often gets a rap in the literary world, Fanning brings esteem, doing due diligence when presenting a criminal case in book format.
At a young age, Diane had a brush with danger, coming close to being abducted, she became attuned to crime and wondered just what makes a criminal tick. What kind of questions could be answered for a child about the psychology of the criminal mind? The story of Krystal Surles and her part in ending the 20 year killing spree of serial killer, Tommy Lynn Sells, inspired Diane to write her first true crime book, “Through the Window,” an accounting of the courage and bravery of a 10 year old, not so much unlike herself.
Before writing her first true crime book, Fanning wrote for magazines,television, radio and ad agencies in Virginia, earning many awards, before she moved to Texas where her career in true crime blossomed, along with her work with several non profit organizations. She has served on the executive committees of the Writers’ League of Texas and the Heart of Texas chapter of Sisters in Crime and is also a member of Mystery Writers of America.
Several of Fanning’s books deal with the issue of intimate partner homicide and violence, including the Edgar award nominated, “Written in Blood,” about the death of Kathleen Peterson and the subsequent conviction of her husband, Michael Peterson. Another book, “Gone Forever,” written about the death of a mother of three, leaving her marriage and winding up a murder victim, was praised highly by many who work with domestic violence victims and the aftermath of trauma in the home, recommending the book to victims of violence with whom they come in contact with.
“Baby Be Mine” details the brutal murder of pregnant Bobbie Jo Stinnett and the theft of her unborn child. Background information in this book includes other casearean abduction cases; a history of crime in Northwest Missouri in general and Skidmore in particular with a glimpse at the infamous Ken McElroy; and a look at the recent Stinnett family victims like Branson Perry whose disappearance and suspected murder remains an unsolved case.
While completing the story of serial killer, Tommy Lynn Sells, Diane Fanning saw the case of Julie Rea Harper on 20/20, a woman convicted of murdering her own son. Fanning’s correspondence with Sells revealed that he, indeed, was the killer and Julie Rea Harper’s conviction was overturned by appeal. For her involvement in this case, Diane Fanning was recently honored with an award by the Innocence Project. (http://www.uis.edu/innocenceproject/)
Contracted to write the first book on the life and death of Caylee Anthony, Mommy’s Little Girl, Fanning gained national attention for her dynamic research and the ability to organize it in such a way as to be the voice for a child lost to murder.
Diane Fanning is not only one of the queens of True Crime, she also pens a series of novels incorporating the character of Lt. Lucinda Pierce, a tough as nails detective who was once a disfigured victim of domestic violence, and now on a mission to solve crimes and put away criminals. You can get to know Lucinda Pierce and walk through crime scenes collecting clues, learn about the criminals and the surviving victims within the pages of Trophy Exchange, Punish the Deed, Mistaken Identity and Twisted Reason, and the latest, Wrong Turn, sold in all online and retail book stores.
In 2013 Diane Fanning is celebrating the release of her 20th book, Sleep My Darlings, the story of Tampa, FL mother, Julie Schenecker who murdered her children.
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