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All About Diane

Diane Kelly is the author of the hilarious Death & Taxes romantic mystery series published by St. Martin's Press. The series includes:
Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure
Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte
Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray (coming June 2012)
Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch (an e-novella coming fall 2012)
Death, Taxes, and Peach Sangria (coming spring 2013)
Death, Taxes, and Hot-Pink Leg Warmers (coming summer 2013)

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Diane's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Emerald Island Ruby

Hometown:
Mansfield, Texas

Age:
44

GH Year(s)
2009

Completed Manuscript(s)
Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure; Busted; Love, Luck, and Little Green Men; The Beauty and the Brain (YA); Minimum Wage (YA)

Genre(s):
Romantic Comedy, Young Adult, Light Paranormal/Fantasy

Started Writing:
Fall 2000

Day Job:
Tax Advisor

For Fun:
Taking the dogs to the park, playing keeno with my wild ‘n crazy friends, hitting the slot machines in Vegas or Shreveport, and, of course, writing!

Blog Posts from Diane

THE A’S, B’S, AND DOUBLE D’S OF RESEARCH by Diane Kelly

The conventional wisdom for an author is to “write what you know.” Good advice, perhaps, but also quite limiting. Creative types don’t do well with boundaries. After all, we’re “think outside the box” kind of people. Fortunately, writers can still “write what they know” if they educate themselves on a topic. Virtually every book requires the […]

A Good Book is Always in Fashion!

June 4th marks the release of book #5 in my IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway romantic mystery series. In DEATH,T AXES, AND HOT PINK LEG WARMERS, Tara goes undercover – in a strip club! – to bust the owner, who is running a drug and prostitution ring.  She also pursues the Tennis Racketeers, four men […]

A Priest and a Leprechaun Walk into a Bar . . . by Diane Kelly

As an aspiring writer not so long ago, I wrote several manuscripts as I developed my skills, learned my voice, and tried to figure out who the heck I was as a writer. Though I’ve since gone on to traditionally publish a romantic mystery series starring an IRS special agent and I love writing female law […]

RUBY RELEASE – DEATH, TAXES, AND A SEQUINED CLUTCH ONLY $1.99! by Diane Kelly

IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway is up to some new tricks with an old flame in this electronic-exclusive novella, which released yesterday. I have to admit, the theme of revenge was a fun one to write.  In the novella, Tara returns to the CPA firm where she used to work and faces a partner who […]

THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE by Diane Kelly

I recently spent three days at my mother’s house, babysitting her ancient Pomeranian, Amber, while my mother jetted off on a much-needed vacation to Vegas with friends. Amber suffers from congestive heart failure and can no longer walk for any appreciable distance. Knowing the poor beast had to be bored out of her mind being […]

Finaling in the Golden Heart? Now That’s REALLY Something!

At last year’s RWA conference in New York, I sat in on a panel of editors from St. Martin’s Press.  Editor Jennifer Enderlin said something that hit home with me and my critique partner who I attended the panel with.  (Jennifer Enderlin is Janet Evanovich’s former editor on her Stephanie Plum books and editor for […]

SEX AND TAXES – by Diane Kelly

DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE, book #2 in my Death & Taxes series releases today!  I’m so excited! I’m also excited that it’s almost spring. The temperatures are rising, the trees are filling out with green leaves, the flowers are beginning to blossom. The birds and the bees are flitting about, doing what […]

A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to Becoming a Writer . . . by Diane Kelly

People often ask me how I became a writer.  My answer?  Because I worked for criminals. I know what you’re thinking.  What the heck? Although I enjoyed writing projects in English class and was commended on my writing skills by my teachers, becoming a novelist wasn’t something I planned on when I was young.  Sure, […]

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