According to her mother, Diann “DT” Read began writing as soon as she could pick up a pencil, though her first “stories” were mostly drawings of horses. By age 10 she’d appropriated her father’s old college typewriter and learned to type (with two fingers) because it was faster than pushing a pencil. At age 14 she entered the Utah League of Writers Contest for Young Writers and won 1st place in the Junior High Division. She started her first novel, a fantasy based on the Arthurian legend, in high school, but got sidetracked into science fiction early in college and never finished it.

Her first military science fiction trilogy, The Sergey Chronicles, was originally published by Tor Books in the late 1990s. The trilogy was acquired by Chris Kennedy Publishing (CKP) and all three books were rereleased in 2023. Her Seventh Shaman series is also published by CKP, and she has a handful of short stories in a few anthologies.

Diann took a hiatus from fiction writing when she was mobilized to active duty following 9/11. She served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 2009 to reclaim her writing career. Diann learned her craft from such mentors as Orson Scott Card, C.J. Cherryh, Elizabeth Moon, and David Wolverton/Farland. She’s married to Jon Read, and they live in Texas.

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