Diana was born and grew up in Germany, where her father, a British Army officer, had been involved first in the Occupation following WW2, and then in the rebuilding of Germany.
After the family moved to London, at eighteen, she spent a year living with nomadic tribal people in the remote mountains of north-east Afghanistan – a life-changing experience, about which she wrote several stories and accounts. These writings helped secure her first job, as a copywriter and then as a writer and editor of children’s information books for Macdonald Educational (Publisher).
A move to the North East and motherhood meant a change of direction. She took a degree in Speech and Psychology, and worked for many years in Northumberland, as a Specialist in the field of Autism, about which she published a professional book. In 2009 she returned to her first love of writing, and completed an MA in Creative Writing with distinction at Newcastle University. In 2014 her debut novel, The Loneliness of Survival, a moving family saga covering 100 years, was published.
She loves to write books which explore complex and often contradictory human emotions. Finding Lucy, a dark, psychological story about every parent’s worst nightmare – a stolen child – was published by HQ Digital in September 2018. A further novel, as yet untitled, will be published by HQ Digital in September 2019.
As well as writing, Diana loves to travel, walk, cycle, and spend time with her family and good friends.
Finding Lucy by Diana Finley is published by HQ Digital, a division of HarperCollins.