Diana Corbitt

Diana Corbitt lives in Northern California with her husband. She loves to get up in the morning, read the local paper, grab a cup of coffee, and write. She often loses track of time when writing, so if she has to be somewhere, she sets an alarm to make sure she keeps her appointments. At least it keeps her away from the snacks. She loves writing books that are scary and suspenseful because she’s always enjoyed being scared. She’s read every book Stephen King’s books and would really love to sit down and pick his brain—with questions…obviously.

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Most Recent Book
Ghosters 2 book


What do you hope young readers experience from your work?

I want them to get a thrill of being scared while in the safety of their own home, but no nightmares. Don’t want that. I also hope they’ll have a few chuckles on the way.

How has reading influenced your life?

Obviously, reading teaches you so much, but reading for fun can take you to another place. When you’re worried or feeling down, you can leave all that behind for a while and travel with new friends sharing new adventures.

What was the biggest challenge in creating your first published book?

When you start writing you soon learn how much you don’t know. In fact, the more I learned the more I learned how much I needed to learn. It takes a lot of patience and hard work.

Do you have any favorite memories of childhood reading?

As a young teen I remember reading Salem’s Lot by Stephen King. One part totally freaked me out. I had to get out of bed and go into the living room to make sure everything was normal.

Do you have a favorite children’s book?

All the Madeleine books. I would check them out from the school library frequently.

What advice do you have for parents and others who are trying to raise readers?

I would tell them to read to their kids every night when they are small and make sure they see you reading. Frequently. If they’re having any trouble with it in school, make sure they get help early on. Encourage them to read a lot. Buy them Scholastic books or make regular trips to the library. It’s a fun memory. Still, people are going to be who they are. Both of my kids were good readers, but as adults, one continues to read books regularly while the other doesn’t.

Do you have any upcoming books you can tell us about?

Ghosters 2 is my second book, but there’s already a Ghosters 3 in the works. This one takes the kids to London England where they meet a couple of ghosts at the Tower of London.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

Make some coffee. Get the paper off the driveway, Read that (only takes about 5 minutes) and get started. I’m a member of a five-person writing group, so sometimes I’m reading and commenting on my friends’ work, sometimes I’m working on comments and suggestions they’ve sent me about my own work. The rest of the time I’m writing and revising. That all happens between 8:00 am and about 11:00. Sometimes, when my husband goes to bed early, I do more writing. Might go to 1:00 or even later.

What do you do when you're in need of some inspiration?

I have never had much trouble with inspiration. Things come to me.

What world have you created in a book that you'd most like to live in?

I wouldn’t mind living in the same world as my Ghosters kids.

Who are some role models of yours in the children's book realm?

I really like Mary Downing Hahn’s books. When I was teaching, the kids loved me to read them out loud.

How did you come to the realization that you wanted to write/illustrate children's books professionally?

The year I taught 2nd grade. I thought I could write picture books. That’s a lot harder than it looks.

Tell us about your process for creating a children's book from start to finish?

I just think of things and jot them down. I come back later with more pieces to the puzzle and add them to the list. When I have enough, I start writing an outline. I don’t want to start writing until I know what the ending is going to be.

If you weren't a children's book author/illustrator, what would you do?

I’d be an artist, which is what I did before I got into writing. Now, I barely ever paint. Not really interested.

Do you have a favorite of the children's books you've written? Why?

Ghoster’s 3. I think it’s my best work. I also like the setting, London and the Tower of London. I went there on vacation and the book reminds me of that.

If you could collaborate with anyone on creating a children's book, who would it be?

Stephen King. He’s a wonderful writer.

What do you hope to be remembered for?

Hopefully, for being a good person, teacher, and a writer of memorable books.

What is the biggest challenge you face when writing/illustrating a children's book?

Not going overboard with the scary. I don’t want to forget who I’m writing for.

How do(es) your spouse/children/grandchildren influence your work?

They’re very supportive. In fact, my youngest son, Sean, helped me come up with the plot for Ghosters.

When is your favorite time to work?


Outside of writing/illustrating, what activities do you enjoy?

I love going to the movies, riding bikes with my husband and shopping.

What is a goal you'd like to accomplish, either within the field of children's literature, or outside it?

I would love for one of my books to be a best seller.

What do you do to brainstorm for new ideas?

Ideas just come to me. Sometimes in bed

Who is your favorite person to test story ideas out on?

I do a lot of back and forth with my writing group. Although I have never met them in person, I feel they’re all my friends. We talk a lot about personal things too. Not just writing.

chapter Books

Ghosters 2
adventure · humor
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