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

Mansfield, Texas


GH Year(s)

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)

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

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, […]

What if Rhett Butler had Given a Damn? by Diane Kelly

A while back, I wrote a manuscript that included some characters from Ireland.  To get a feel for their language and culture, I loaded my Netflix queue with Irish movies and watched as many as possible.  My family was patient for a week or two, then they tired of me hogging the DVD player.  They […]

Hopes and Dreams . . . by Diane Kelly

I can’t believe this day is finally here!  It seemed so far off . . . then WOOHOO!   Here it is! Today marks the release of my debut novel – Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure, the first book in my Death & Taxes humorous romantic mystery series. I’ve spent the last twenty years working […]

Judge My Books by Their Covers, Please! by Diane Kelly

We’ve all heard that old expression that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” In my case, I hope that people will! I’m so proud of both of my covers! Pictured above is the cover for book #2 in my Death and Taxes romantic mystery series – “Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte.” […]

What Not to Write – by Guest Blogger Gemma Halliday

Ruby Slippered Sister Diane Kelly is pleased to host today’s guest blogger, Gemma Halliday!   WHAT NOT TO WRITE – BY GEMMA HALLIDAY What Not to Write: Telling Lately I have new criteria for whether or not a story is a winner: the treadmill.  I always bring something to read with me to the gym, […]

Doing Your Taxes Can Be Fun! – by Diane Kelly

It’s that time of year again.  Spring.  The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and both furry little bunnies and humans alike are feeling “twitterpated.” Though the flowers bloom, there’s that dark cloud that hangs over us each year. Taxes. Ugh. But taxes don’t have to be all bad.  Really!  Here are ten tips […]

Ransacking the Underwear Drawer – by Diane Kelly

It’s no secret that people think accounting is one of the most boring, mundane jobs on the planet. But here’s the real scoop: Accountants ransack their clients’ underwear drawers. Not literally, of course. But figuratively. When accountants review their clients’ financial records, they learn more about their clients than they ever needed to know. Their […]

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