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. Spending portions of her summers each year in Burly, Idaho with her mother's parents, Florence and Orval Merrill, Diane 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 wild kittens, that Diane developed a love of storytelling. She dreamed that one day she would become a published author and share her stories with the world. Having spent her entire life in California, Diane and her husband made the bold move from Sacramento, California to Kalispell, Montana to retire in February 2018. Now she’s able to pursue her passion for writing books full-time. “I am thrilled and elated to be doing what I love.”
I am the mother of three, a daughter and two sons as well as step-mother to three wonderful boys. I enjoy my role as grandmother and currently have eight beautiful grandkids.
Life is very good in Montana. The pace is much slower and things seem simpler these days. I play with the grandkids, talk with my kids and hang out with my husband, our dog, and our new friends, and of course I write. What could be better than that?