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Diane Vallere

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I grew up reading both Trixie Belden mysteries and Vogue magazine and learned how to spot a counterfeiting ring and accessorize a wardrobe. Now I use that knowledge to dream up plots for the Samantha Kidd, Madison Night, Material Witness, and Costume Shop mystery series. I still love accessories, only now some of them are accessories to murder.

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Diane Vallere Hi Michael,

Thanks for the question! I try to make the mystery the driving force of the story, but the setting needs to be a place where people want…more
Hi Michael,

Thanks for the question! I try to make the mystery the driving force of the story, but the setting needs to be a place where people want to spend time. My Style & Error series is loosely based on Reading, PA, and my Mad for Mod is set around the Lakewood/White Rock Lake area of Dallas, both of which are places where I lived. I set them there to capture what I loved about those areas, and I like to think the settings are inherent to each series.

I invented the town for my upcoming Material Witness series, and the trick there is to give it a town history so it doesn't feel like it popped up yesterday. I have sketched out maps of my town so I know when I'm sending someone north or south and whether she can walk or has to drive. It's all part of the story!(less)
Diane Vallere Right this minute I'm writing the first in a new Costume Shop-themed cozy mystery series. Next I'll put the polish on book 3 in the fabric series,…moreRight this minute I'm writing the first in a new Costume Shop-themed cozy mystery series. Next I'll put the polish on book 3 in the fabric series, then polish book 3 in the Mad for Mod series. Then I'll take a few days off!(less)
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“People who weren’t fans of the actress didn’t understand that through much of the sixties, Doris Day played independent women, characters who owned their own businesses, ran households, and often didn’t need a man. The irony was, she usually ended up with a pretty good one: Rock Hudson, James Garner, and Cary Grant, to name a few.”
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“And if you say one word about inconveniencing me, I’ll either charge you mileage or start up a tab that you can repay when you’re in the mood.” I blushed. “That’s not what I meant,” he said with a smile. “But it’s nice to know where your mind went.” He winked and pulled his keys out of his jeans.”
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message 9: by Diane

Diane Vallere Nice to meet you, Donna!


message 8: by Donna

Donna Thank you, Diane, for accepting my friend request on Goodreads. It's great to meet you and look at the many books you have written. You are a great talent.
Blessings.


Michael Murphy Diane, thanks for being friends on Goodreads. Wishing you continued literary success. As a fellow mystery writer, I hope you'll add my Prohibition-era mystery, The Yankee club to your to read list. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 6: by Diane

Diane Vallere bella wrote: "Thanks for adding me Diane :)"

You're welcome! Good to connect with you here.


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bella Thanks for adding me Diane :)


message 4: by Diane

Diane Vallere Hi Elizabeth,

Gigi, Kendel, and I don't have any firm plans yet, but who knows what can happen in 2013. Enjoy Pillow Stalk!


Elizabeth Diane, thank you for friending me. I look forward to reading Pillow Stalk. Congrats on Other People's Baggage!

Will the three of you be stopping in Ohio to promote the new book?


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Zoë Sharp Hi Diane

Thanks for Friending me. How's FLAWLESS, btw? Sounds like a fascinating story!


message 1: by Beth

Beth Hi Diane,
Thanks for befriending this fellow SinC Guppy here on Goodreads, too!


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