Dianne Maycock has always wanted to write books about animals and is thrilled that her first children's book features a very special dog. Dianne currently shares her Vancouver, British Columbia home with two cats, Tiger and Ferdy, who love to steal her favorite writing chair and 'read' the computer screen while she's working. Lucky's Mountain is based, in part, on Dianne's mother's stories of growing up in a mining town in B.C.
Dianne was born in Vancouver but has lived in many parts of B.C. including Port Alberni, Trail, Castlegar, and White Rock. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from UBC and a combined Master's degree in Adult Education and Counselling from the University of Toronto. Dianne has worked as an elementary school teacher, a computer trainer, and a writer for educational television. She is a member of the B.C. Teachers' Federation, the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and CANSCAIP.
Dianne is currently a stay-at-home mom who loves travelling with her husband and daughter. She has visited every Canadian province except for P.E.I., as well as most of the countries in Europe. One of her favourite places is a small town in Portugal called Luz, because there are cats in every alleyway and around every corner! Dianne also enjoys exploring historical sites in B.C.; it was one of these family expeditions that led to the writing of Lucky's Mountain. Dianne's other hobbies include reading, Irish dancing, and watching her daughter's basketball games. She is an experienced presenter and is available for school presentations.