Diane Nelson Feaganes
A native of Ohio,
Diane has lived in West
Virginia 40 years. She is a graduate of Marietta College in Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. Upon graduation, she became a copy writer for radio, first in Pittsburgh, PA and then in Morgantown, WV.
In 1982, she enrolled at Marshall University to pursue a Masters Degree in Journalism, with a concentration in advertising and public relations. She received her degree in 1985.
Diane worked in the advertising industry for 14 years. As an agency account executive she worked directly with clients in providing marketing plans, copy writing for press releases, radio, TV and print media, and media production supervision. She owned and operated Creative Advantage, Inc. for nine of those 14 years.
The recipient of numerous regional Addy advertising awards, Creative Advantage, Inc. , a full service agency with five employees, offered media placement for local, regional, and national media, creative services in design, copy writing and production, and public relations and marketing strategy for a variety of clients.
Diane has written poetry and short stories and has kept a journal since she was 12 years old. She is now pursuing that love of writing for picture books, early chapter books and middle grade books for children ages four through 12. She has two sons and a daughter, and two stepdaughters. Together with her husband Joe, they have eight grandchildren. She lives in Huntington, West Virginia with Joe, Cecil the cat, and Molly the dog.
Diane is a participant in the 12x12 2017 Picture Book Challenge, on her way to reaching a goal of 12 picture book stories by the end of the year!
Thoughts on Books for Children
Books are so important in a child's life. My earliest memory of books is when my my mom or dad, or sometimes my sister or brother, would read to me before bedtime. I so wanted to learn to read, and when the time came that I could, I was a profuse reader, making trips to the library often.
As a teen, I read every night before turning out the light. In college, however, it was rare for me to have time to do that, and I missed it. Text books were okay, but not the same as reading for pure joy!
My fondest memories include introducing my own kids to the world of books--reading to them, then helping them read on their own. I did the same with my grand kids, and now they read on their own. I treasure the time I still share with them as they read to me, or with great anticipation, show me a recent book they have finished.
Every child deserves to have books. It allows them to escape into exciting adventures--looking into the lives of their favorite characters, pretending they are also characters in a story. And of course, learning about history, science, geography and literature brings them knowledge of their own real world and beyond.
I believe books enrich the lives of all who read. And I'm grateful my parents, teachers, my children and grand children have allowed me to share their love of books. If I enrich the life of just one child with one of my stories, it will be well worth my efforts, because I find great joy in writing for them.
Diane is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
As a member of West Virginia Writers, Inc., she has been honored by that organization for her story, At The Gate, and for her rhyming picture book story, Come Fly With Me!