“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic.” ―
orn in Great Britain in August of 1964, Setterfield started her career as a teacher before diving headfirst into writing, breaking onto the scene with The Thirteenth Tale, a New York Times No. 1 best-seller translated into 40 languages and thus far selling a remarkable 3 million copies worldwide.
Since winning the 2007 Quill Award as Debut Author of the Year, she has authored 3 more bestsellers and is at work on a 4th – when not taking time away to read, something she advises every author to do.
Diane says she’s constantly oscillating between writing and putting herself inside the head of the reader, asking herself questions such as: how effective is this to my reader? have I achieved what I set out to? She likens the process to crafting a necklace with scenes in the book like beads lined up in a row. But until she knows the heart of the story and threads them together they’re just a lot of individual beads.
“If I cannot escape for an hour or two every day by reading for pleasure,” she said, “then small problems seem to grow large, and I begin to feel enormously burdened.”