Welcome to DianeMarquette.com

Hello, and welcome to my website.

There's plenty of information here about my five published books - In Over My Head, Too Close For Words, and Suitable For Framing from my Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series, as well as Good Fridays and Almost Mine.

To read the first chapter, a synopsis, interviews, and reviews for each of my novels, click on Books on the menu on the left. There you'll also find links to my blogs about these books.

All of my books are available in both ebook and print versions online and in bookstores. Please click on Ordering on the menu.

If you're looking for information about the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, which I help coordinate each February in Maryland, please click on Writers Conference on the menu on the left, or go directly to www.baytoocean,com, or contact me through this website.

MY NEXT CHAPTER AS AN AUTHOR

Whether you're a reader or a writer, you know the world of book publishing has changed greatly. What was once considered the "traditional" way for an author to get his or her book published was to sign with a literary agent who would secure a contract with a major publishing house. That was the norm for many decades.

But with the advent of self-publishing, print-on-demand, and electronic books, everything's changed. The way to go right now is to be a self-published author and to reach out directly to readers on www.amazon.com.

I broke ties with the small publisher who had produced my five books, and signed on with Amazon to publish my books in both print and ebook formats using their programs. This makes the process of writing books and getting them into the hands of readers much faster and simpler for everyone.

Four of my five books are now available on Amazon. The fifth book will be added soon. Those of you who are familiar with my work will notice the new book covers for my books published in 2012 on the Amazon website and also on this website. But inside those covers they're still the same great stories you've told me you love to read!

My most recent book is Good Fridays, which was originally published in August 2011 and has now been republished on Amazon as of August 2012. To read the first chapter, a synopsis, and several reviews, just click on Books and then Good Fridays on the menu on the left. To listen to radio interviews I did about Good Fridays (including one I did on Delmarva Public Radio), just click on Books>Good Fridays>Interviews and follow the links. Please visit my blog about the writing of the novel Good Fridays.

In response to the many fans who have asked, I’m working on the fourth book in my CHESAPEAKE CONFERENCE CENTER MYSTERY SERIES. The working title of this next “Jill and Mitch” story is STOP THE CAR.  I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that in this book they take a giant step toward making their relationship permanent, plus Jill's about to take the next step in her law enforcement career. All of this is going on while they’re investigating the disappearance of a close friend of Mitch’s uncle and aunt, who are attending their college reunion at the Chesapeake Conference Center. So what’s the big mystery? Well, let’s just say people, places and things are not what they appear to be. The characters in my books continue to surprise me when they show me the way they want the story to go. Oh, it's definitely up to me to write the ending, but how these characters get themselves to that point is not always what I had in mind!

The first three books in this mystery series (In Over My Head, Too Close For Words, and Suitable For Framing) continue receiving favorable reviews in magazines and newspapers in print and online. If you’re not yet familiar with my Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series, you can read the first chapter and a synopsis for each book. Just click on Books on the menu on the left side of this page. I'm working on a blog about the books in the Chesapeake Conference Center mystery series. Check back here soon for the link!

My first book, Almost Mine, is still a fan favorite and I’m considering writing a sequel about Helen and her little stepgrandson, Joey. It seems many readers want to read more about their unique relationship.

Since 2001, I've been on the planning committee of the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference. The next conference is on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, on Maryland's Eastern Shore. To see the list of speakers and topics for this program, click on Writers Conference in the menu on the left, or visit www.baytoocean.com. If you have any further questions, contact either me or info@baytoocean.com. This popular conference continues to sell out early. Registration is now open, so if you'd like to attend, don't wait too long!