Dianne K. Salerni

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DIANNE K. SALERNI, a former fifth grade teacher, is the author of YA historical novels, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks) and The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH), as well as a children's fantasy series from HarperCollins: The Eighth Day, Book 1, The Inquisitor's Mark, Book 2, and The Morrigan's Curse, Book 3.

The Caged Graves is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and We Hear the Dead was the inspiration for a 10 minute short film, The Spirit Game, which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. http://vimeo.com/64738099

Recently retired from teaching, Dianne is prone to hanging around creepy cemeteries and climbing 2000 year-old pyramids in the name of book research.

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Dianne K. Salerni Hi, Irene! Thank you! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed The Caged Graves. Yes, the caged graves really exist, and the true story behind them is unknown.…moreHi, Irene! Thank you! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed The Caged Graves. Yes, the caged graves really exist, and the true story behind them is unknown. I've been contacted by the real-life descendants of both Ransloe Boone and Asenath Thomas, and the story was not passed down through their families. Both of these descendants found the graves by accident (like Verity!) or through research on Geneaology.com. Whatever happened, nobody talked about it.

I do have more historical mysteries in the works, but no publication information for them yet. However, I'm glad to know there will be readers looking out for them in the future! All the best ~ Dianne(less)
Dianne K. Salerni Hi, Hanaa! I am so happy you liked The Eighth Day! It did not start out awesome. The first draft was a mess. I revised it many times. My critique…moreHi, Hanaa! I am so happy you liked The Eighth Day! It did not start out awesome. The first draft was a mess. I revised it many times. My critique partners and agent and editors all gave me suggestions that improved the story. Plus, I love Jax, Riley, and Evangeline like they are real people!

I hope that you will enjoy the second book, The Inquisitor's Mark!(less)
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“I thought love was — big and loud and sudden, like a thunderbolt. I didn't know it was deep and quiet and grew upon a woman slowly, until one day she realizes it's the very breath and smiles and tears of her life.”
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“Rather see you happy than content.”
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Dianne Salerni Lady Alexandrine wrote: "Hi Dianne, thank you for accepting my friend request. I enjoyed 'The Caged Graves' very much. Have a great New Year 2015! Kind regards, Alexandrine"

Thank you! I'm happy you liked The Caged Graves! Have a very Happy New Year! ~ Dianne


Lady Alexandrine Hi Dianne, thank you for accepting my friend request. I enjoyed 'The Caged Graves' very much. Have a great New Year 2015! Kind regards, Alexandrine


Lucinda Dear Dianne,
Thank you for being my friend here on Goodreads. I look forward to reading and discovering your work.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x


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