Diane Harding is Sydney School of Arts & Humanities’ first published novelist. Her debut book, contemporary thriller Reported Missing, was published as an eBook and paperback in 2016.
In her own words…
Who am I? Life as a child at school in Sydney, Australia, was full of reading books, telling stories and ballet lessons. A plan to become a famous ballerina was short-lived as I settled for a more practical lifestyle, and with a Diploma under one arm and a thirst to help children love books, I set out as a teacher.
A teaching career
My first school was a two teacher country school at Nattai. I had 20 children from kindy to third class until the other teacher retired. Then I had the school to myself with classes from kindy, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and two first year high school children who were too far away from the high school. Planning and flexibility was the game and I enjoyed it. When this school closed (it became part of the dam), I taught in several rural and city schools until I ended up on the northern beaches of Sydney.
Two years later I married the love of my life and had two fantastic children. Life was now filled with children’s books and drama.
With nearly grown up children, it was back to paid work again with Warringah Family Day Care and teaching TAFE at night. This led to my first commercial writing success with two text books used by tertiary colleges, and several small how-to booklets.
Work in childcare
I became Chair and President of the NSW Family Day Care Association and then Chair of the International Family Child Care Organisation, speaking around the world on child care issues and becoming a life member of the organisation.
It was then that the Australian Government asked me to travel Australia introducing new child care methods and then speaking on child abuse issues.
It seemed that retirement came all too soon. At last time to write. For 5 years I wrote child care articles for a Northern Beaches magazine called Peninsula Living, but all the time I was thinking about writing fiction. My forte seems to be murder, mayhem, intrigue and mystery and the stories seem to tell themselves.
So here it is: Reported Missing. My first novel. I hope you enjoy it.
It is set in Australia and follows the shocking revelation that the main character’s daughter is missing and she suspects that she is in harm’s way. A rescue brings revenge and anxiety to the family, so intense that she considers murder. Can she do it? A shocking finale leaves her in despair until something happens to change the situation.
You can follow me on my blog at dianehardingauthor.wordpress.com which has more about me, my novel, future stories I’m planning and my newsletter. Life is full of writing now. See you there.