Jodi Anderson, executive director of Pike’s Peak Writers, presents Diane her award at the Pike’s Peak Writers Contest. Thin Places won Second Place Mainstream Category.

Award Winning Author Diane Owens Prettyman

Born and raised in Roseburg, Oregon, Diane Owens Prettyman spent her early years in the beautiful Umpqua Valley. Diane left Oregon to attend Baylor University. Though she studied physical therapy and has practiced for over twenty years, Diane never strayed from her love of fiction. She loves stories about characters who muddle through life until they finally find their true calling.

In the late 80′s, Diane lived in Berlin, Germany and worked for the Department of Defense. Always on the lookout for a good story, she took full advantage of the intrigue in Berlin. When she caught the eye of an East Berliner, the Army recruited Diane to help with cold war espionage.

Diane’s articles and essays have been published in Oxygen, Whispers from Heaven, Texas, Oregon Coast and The Austin Statesman. Her first novel, Thin Places won first place in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Contest and the second place in the Pikes Peak Writers Contest. Thin Places, an adventure and romantic mystery, was released in September 2012.

Diane has also won multiple awards for her historical novel, Redesigning Emma. Set in 1899 Manhattan, Redesigning Emma is the story of a Manhattan milliner and her adventures as she breaks into the fashion world. Redesigning Emma will be released in December 2012.

Diane married a neuropsychologist and hospital administrator and settled in Austin, Texas.