Dianne Ochiltree has been writing stories and poems since she was a kid growing up in Ohio. Her family’s small home was filled to the rafters with books, books, books. Her father was a lawyer who spent his evenings painting with oils, and teaching her all about Van Gogh, Vermeer and Gauguin. Her stay-at-home mom read to Dianne, her two little sisters and baby brother at bedtime. Their home was populated by a parade of pets, from guppy to puppy, as well as the stray animals Dianne had a habit of rescuing.
With a BFA in Applied Design from Miami University in hand, and newlywed husband by her side, Dianne happily dove into her first job as an advertising copywriter for a regional carpet chain, where she wrote scripts for the mascot—a talking roll of carpet. After 20 years as a marketing/public relations writer, Dianne decided to try writing for a new audience, one she had gotten to know quite well since the births of her two sons: namely, kids!
» As a Children’s Author, Dianne has loved every minute of her creative life. She has had numerous books published for young readers, from toddlers to teens. Her enthusiasm for reading and creative writing is contagious! Dianne encourages young readers to become young writers in author visits to schools and libraries.
» As a Writing Coach, Dianne works as a freelance editor, writing & publishing coach for aspiring children’s writers.
» As a Workshop Presenter, Dianne offers 15+ years in the publishing industry as an award-winning children’s author, book reviewer, and freelance editor. Her workshops help budding writers polish their poetry and prose prior to editorial submission, and help newly-published authors learn how to promote their books effectively in the competitive children’s market.
Dianne and her husband, Jim, currently live in sunny Sarasota, Florida, with their pets: a Maine coon cat called Simon, and Sally, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, who not only entertains and inspires her owners, but also accompanies Dianne on visits to schools and nursing homes as a certified therapy dog.