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Diana Hockley lives in a small Queensland country town, with her husband, Andrew and seven pet rats. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. The couple do a lot of community volunteer work.
Diana is a dedicated reader, and produces and presents a weekly classical radio program on community radio. She and her husband once owned a mouse circus which travelled throughout Queensland and northern New South Wales.The Hockleys bred Scottish Highland cattle until their retirement.
The Hockleys are very supportive of animal welfare organisations such as SPANA, World Wildlife Fund, Animals Asia, PETA, Animals Rahat (Indian arm of Peta)the RSPCA and the Animal Welfare League. Diana is one of three people who comprise Brisbane Rat Rescue.
Diana has written and published a large number of short stories and articles. Her work has been published in Australia, the UK and USA. She edits, writes and reviews for the Californian online magazine, Kings River Life. Diana also Beta reads occasionally.
Her first novel, The Naked Room, was published in 2010.
Diana says, "The premise for Naked Room came about while I was presenting Thursday Night Concert. The question occurred to me - what would happen if a classical concert pianist didn't turn up for a major concert? There would have to be a darned good reason, so I set myself out to invent one!"
Her next crime novel, The Celibate Mouse, was developed during the last year of writing The Naked Room and both are available on Amazon USA, Canada, UK, Europe and worldwide in e-book and paperback for kindle apps.
In 2008, the Hockleys visited Tasmania and while there, attended the Tasman Cup Working Sheepdog Championship. During the proceedings, Diana realised that a competitor would make a good target when he stood at the last pen. Hence the first line of The Celibate Mouse:
"There is no mistaking the crack of a high-powered rifle."
Things go downhill from there!
NOVELS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON WORLDWIDE (E-BOOK AND PAPERBACK):
The Naked Room
The Celibate Mouse
After Ariel is due out in 2014.
SHORT STORIES - Coffee break length!
Requiem for a Lost Youth
The Metamorphosis of Troubadour Merriwether
Frisbee, Rat Detective
An Honourable Man
Christmas with Snoz
and more to come!