Diane & Her Husband

Growing up in the Hamptons in the 60's and 70's, there was no such thing as People magazine or paparazzi. It was an honor to work for many of the rich and famous. I was a "townie," but my personal interactions with the people of Hampton society helped fuel the fire that, one day, I'd write a series of books based in the small hamlets hugging the southern shore of Long Island.

However, the dream of writing went down the drain one day in tenth grade English class when the teacher announced, "Miss Culver, I've a drawer full of red pens, and they are all for you!" But I was not to be dissuaded. Following the sage words of my favorite poet, Robert Frost, I followed the "Road Not Taken" and became an award-winning mathematics teacher.

When a health crisis forced me into retirement, writing a book was on the top of my bucket list. LOVE ON THE RUN was born. Readers began asking for more tales of the Hallock clan. My series started to take shape (see the Books page) and, when completed, will have a total of seven books.

In my downtime, I play golf and travel. London tops my list of places I've been, especially if I can antique Saturdays on Portobello Road. My favorite author is Jane Austen. I've had to put myself on a budget when it comes to reading all the variations and sequels to Pride and Prejudice. I devour books on the Revolutionary War. Boston, Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg are my preferred historical places to visit. I live on the outskirts of Syracuse, and when winter rears its ugly head and I'm curled up by the fire writing or reading and sipping Earl Grey tea, knowing I can head home to the Hamptons to family and Jetty Four makes winter pass quickly. There's just something about walking along the shore, squishing the sand between my toes and breathing in the salt sea air, that brings peace to my soul.

Diane Culver