WHO IS DIANE MERRILL WIGGINTON

Diane Merrill Wigginton was born in Riverside, California in 1963. Her family moved to San Diego near the end of 1970, where she grew up in the newly developed community of Mira Mesa. She would spend portions of her summers each year in Burly, Idaho with her mother’s parents, Florence and Orval Merrill. There she developed a love of animals and a respect for the land. It was during this time on the farm riding horses, herding cattle and taming the wild kittens born between the haystacks that Diane also developed a love of storytelling.

She dreamed that one day she would become a published author and would be able to tell her stories to the world. In February 2018, she and her husband made the move from Northern California to Kalispell Montana to retire. Now she is able to pursue her passion of writing books fulltime. “I am thrilled and elated to be doing what I love.”

LET’S START WITH A SHORT AUTHOR SELF-INTRODUCTION. WHO IS DIANE MERRILL WIGGINTON?

I consider myself an ordinary woman with an extraordinary dream. I am a kind, compassionate person, who loves life. Growing up I made friends easily. I went to school in Mira Mesa, and had a best friend named Gigi. We got into a lot of trouble together. In fact, her father once said, “that one of us could lie, and the other would swear to it.” His analysis was spot on, because the two of us were thicker than thieves. Side note, she is still one of my dearest friends, even though she lives in Eagle, Idaho, in the Boise area and I live in Kalispell, Montana.

I spent my summers on my grandparent’s farm in Burley, Idaho, riding horses, herding cattle and taming wild kittens I would catch in the haystacks. It was an ideal lifestyle for me because I was such a dreamer even then. I would come up with wild scenarios, then act them out as I played by myself or with my younger cousin Chrissy. My grandparents, Orval and Florence Merrill were the best and they gave me and my brother David room to roam and explore to our heart’s content.

The lose of my beloved grandmother the same month I turned eighteen was devastating. My grandfather passed away a few years later. He never got over the loss of his best friend and wife. They had been together from a very young age and married when they were sixteen and seventeen. I found their love very comforting as a child and I still marvel at how much they had loved each other still till this day.

I have been married to my sweet husband, David since March 20, 1998. We have a blended family that I jokingly refer to as “his, mine and ours.” We have one daughter, five sons and seven grandchildren and counting.

My husband and I have both retired and look forward to traveling, spending time just the two of us and getting to know each other all over again. I am excited to introducing my Jeweled Dagger Series to new audiences and writing new stories for people to enjoy. I love doing book signings because I get to meet new people and find out what they like to read. It’s one of the best parts about being an author. I also enjoy seeing my words in print. Telling a good story never ceases to be thrilling to me.

SO WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR THE JEWELED DAGGER SERIES?

I had dreamed of being a published author for many years and didn’t see it ever happening for me. I was a Registered Dental Assistant for 16 years before retiring.

When we moved to Herald in 2001, I opened up a daycare in my home. I enjoyed the sweet children that I was privileged to care for until I retired in April of 2017.

I began writing just after my 50th birthday in 2013, and there were several pivotal factors that led up to my writing seriously. January 2011, I lost my brother David who was thirteen months older than me, due to complications of pneumonia, caused from a family genetic condition called X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia Anemia, which he had from birth. The name is truly a mouthful, but basically his body did not produce antigens or immunities, so he got sick easier than normal people. These days they have medications that help, but in our younger years they didn’t understand much about the condition and his lungs were damaged by illnesses.

Then in October of that same year, my Father, David Sr. called to tell me that he had just been diagnosed with cancer. While talking to him I knew that it was terminal. Call it a premonition, but I knew I was going to lose him as well. It turned out to be stomach cancer that had spread to his liver and other organs. My father passed away a couple of months later, in the first week of December and I was devastated all over again. Needless to say, 2011 was a very bad year for me.

It took me a while to come out of my deep depression, but I gained a deeper understanding of God’s will. I let go of my grief, choosing to move forward instead. I realized that life was short and that it had a shelf life. So, I decided to follow my dream to be a published author. To make a long story even longer, I began writing Angelina’s Secret in the summer of 2013 and finished it six months later. I loved the process of telling a story and discovered that it helped me to heal at the same time.

ANGELINA’S SECRET IS THE FIRST JEWELED DAGGER NOVEL, WHO IS ANGELINA?

Angelina is bold, beautiful, independent, strong willed woman who soon learns that she has psychic abilities that she didn’t know about. Angelina becomes entangled with a Pirate Captain who captures her family ship and wins back her freedom by chance. Upon returning to London she is celebrated as a hero, but she feels like a fraud. Meanwhile Angelina discovers that she is psychically linked to a madman who is killing women in London and if she doesn’t figure out why, she just might become his next victim. I love her strength because she is the strong minded, outspoken woman I wish I was. She is also a flawed individual, which endears her to the reader and makes her human.

FROM THE BOOK BLURB, THE HERO OF ANGELINA’S SECRET IS A HISTORICAL ROMANCE ‘BAD BOY’. WHAT IS THE RECIPE YOU USE FOR A GOOD REBEL WITH A CAUSE?

Jude is a man who had his heart broken and takes what he wants without impunity or remorse until he runs into the feisty, strong willed Lady Angelina Stewart. She is the whole package to him; intelligent, opinionated, independent and loyal. He decides that he is willing to take any risk to make her his, even if that means putting himself in danger by trusting her with his secret. Basically, he allows himself to be vulnerable for her. After all isn’t that what we all dream of? A man who loves us unconditionally and is willing to be vulnerable with us.

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Diane Merrill Wiggington

The Jeweled Dagger Series is an action-packed, suspense-filled series that follows the lives of one family as they discover what truly matters to them; family. And be sure to check out, ‘Lara’s Story.’ The newest Novel by Diane Merrill Wigginton, due out later this summer. A Young Adult, Historical Fiction that is sure to appeal to young and old alike.

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