Dianne Warren was born in Ottawa, Ontario and has lived most of her life in Saskatchewan. Liberty Street is her follow-up novel to the 2010 Governor General’s Award-winning Cool Water (Juliet in August in the U.S.).
Her first book of short fiction, The Wednesday Flower Man, was published in 1987 by the burgeoning Saskatchewan press Coteau Books. Two more story collections followed: Bad Luck Dog in 1993 and A Reckless Moon in 2002. She has a soft spot for Bad Luck Dog because it won the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award about the same moment that Joe Carter hit the home run that won the Toronto Blue Jays the World Series. The room at the Saskatchewan Book Awards erupted in cheers (for Joe Carter).
She also wrote three stage plays in those years, all of which were produced by 25th Street Theatre in Saskatchewan. Her play Serpent in the Night Sky was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for drama in 1989. She no longer writes plays.
Dianne does not remember a time that she didn’t love books and she began writing as soon as she learned to read. As a child, whenever she was asked what her hobbies were she would say, reading and horses. Every family trip to Ottawa included a visit to the National Gallery of Canada, and in high school she developed an additional interest in visual art.
She studied art at university and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts. She continued writing during those years, and eventually decided she needed to learn more about writing. She was invited to join a writing group called The Bombay Bicycle Club and the diligence with which its members approached the art of literary critique set her on the path to becoming a published writer.
She did go to grad school but stalled when it came to finishing her thesis. Instead she had two kids and wrote her first book of fiction.
Dianne lives in Regina, Saskatchewan with her husband, visual artist Bruce Anderson. She is currently at work on a new novel. She still loves reading, horses and art.