Born in Alabama, Diane grew up in a small German-American farming town north of Detroit, living a book-filled childhood and following most of life’s rules. She graduated from law school and worked her way into the top 1% of U.S. lawyers.
In 1995, her largest client filed for bankruptcy protection, destroying her by-the-book life. The opportunity to write what she loved beckoned, so Diane decided to rewrite life's rules – to suit herself.
Her first novels were successful and suspenseful Florida mysteries featuring women who deliver justice with a splash of humour. A cocktail fuelled conversation with Diane's friend and #1 international bestselling author Lee Child in 2009, prompted the question, Where is Jack Reacher? Since then, and with Lee's blessing, Diane has been answering that with a series of novels.