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Diane Pershing
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I cannot remember a time when I didn't have my nose buried in a book. As a child I would cheat the bedtime curfew by snuggling under the covers with my teddy bear, a flashlight and a forbidden (read "grown-up") novel. My adored, exasperated mother warned me that I would ruin my eyes, but so far-knock wood-they still work.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York, then moved to Los Angeles and attended college at UCLA. After graduation, I went on the road and didn't get off for many years. I was a back-up singer for several night-club acts (Johnny Mathis, Ann-Margaret, etc.), the lead singer in a rock group (The Establishment), and a member of the cast in over one hundred plays at various regional theaters all across the United States and Canada. Along the way, I also worked as a songwriter, disk jockey, and film critic – and that’s the short list.

When a friend recommended that I take up romance-reading as a way to heal a recently broken heart, I scoffed, declaring pompously that I didn't want to read about “a bunch of weak women waiting for a man to fix them.” Obviously, I had no idea what the genre really meant, or how far it had come from the early, bodice-ripping days. I turned down the friend's suggestion, but she persisted--bless her--and I picked one up. And another, and another, until I was in the grip of a full-fledged addiction (I do nothing half-way, which is the good news and the bad). About a year and about three hundred books later, I tried my hand at writing one.

I sold SULTRY WHISPERS, to the now-defunct Bantam Loveswept Romance line, and it came out in 1992. Since then, I’ve written and sold a lot more books, straight romance, romantic suspense, and light comedy-more of that restless nature of mine which refuses to be pigeonholed into one category. In 1997, I was invited to write for Silhouette books, a happy moment indeed . . .

I’m an active voiceover actress, supplying characters on cartoons ("Poison Ivy" on Batman), narrations (“Doctors Without Borders,”) television infomercials, promos (ABC and CBS), and commercials (Kellogg’s Fruit Loops, Radio Shack, Janus Funds, Planned Parenthood, and hundreds more). The nice part of this life is that there's still plenty of time to write – and not just romances. There are two screenplays in the works, and I’ve finished the first draft of a long, complicated mystery.

Now that my two wonderful children, Morgan Rose and Benjamin (both avid readers) are grown, I travel as much as time – and finances – will allow. In recent years, I’ve been to London, Prague and Rome. Once a year, I return to my roots, New York, for a theater blitz of five plays in four days. I am happiest wherever there's an ocean nearby, and often drive about twenty minutes to commute with the blue waters of the Pacific.

I still live in Los Angeles, in a lovely condo nestled in the hills of Silver Lake, near downtown, and am surrounded by supportive, loving family and friends. I’m going on six years with my man friend, Ken, and my two darling cats, Gilbert and Sullivan, are now three years old. “The boys” I call them when they climb all over me!

More and more, writing is filling up my time, my head, and my heart. I think it's because, as an actress, I get to play only the part I'm assigned to; as a writer, I get to play all the parts – in my imagination, at least. I intend to continue creating new characters for as long as the ideas come and someone wants to buy them. I have the delicious sense of being where I belong at last.

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