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The Florida Writer Podcast

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Dec 28, 2022

Diana McDonough and Florida Writer Podcast host Alison Nissen chat about the value of a good editor and the challenges of writing non-fiction when it hits close to home. Diana McDonough is an award-winning novelist and Maryland native. She is a Ft. Myers snowbird. Diana’s first novel, Stuck in the Onesies, grew out of her experiences living outside the nation’s capital in the Maryland suburbs back in the 1960s and 70s when social issues first bubbled to the surface in the form of marches and riots. My Mother’s Apprentice is the sequel to Stuck in the Onesies and the story of the next generation, dealing with the tough issues of abortion and addiction. My Mother’s Apprentice was awarded the bronze medal by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association in 2019. Diana published her third novel, Ginger Star (historical fiction), in December, 2022 which is a prequel of Stuck in the Onesies and has the promise of a sequel. Diana is the mother of three and Grandy of fourteen. She retired from Ecolab after 26 years to pursue her writing career full time. Diana helped to initiate the Ecolab E3 women’s advocacy group for Ecolab, a Fortune 500 company. She also founded Woman to Woman Global, a non-profit that helped to scholarship and provide laptops for women, seeking to further their education all over the globe. She’s also a volunteer at a local elementary school and has a heart for special needs children (see her blog, “The Summer of Juan and Pedro” on her website).

Diana writes creative non-fiction, humor, and historical fiction. You can visit her website at, sign up for her blog, and visit the Facebook page for the Stuck in the Onesies Series. Her books are available through Amazon, most national bookstores through Ingram, and local bookstores in Maryland and Delaware. The Stuck in the Onesies audiobook is available through Audible at Amazon.

Diana enjoys meeting with book clubs that feature her books whether it be in person or via Zoom. Book clubs from Ontario, Canada to Ft. Myers, Florida have found her books to be an entertaining read and also provide interesting discussion points while being a thoughtful and educational read.

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