Wales: Personal information and other tidbits
The most popular request I get is for Diana's address. I can't give out this information without her permission. However, if you'd like to get in touch with her, please do as I did, and write to her care of her publisher: Greenwillow Books, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, USA
- Diana's autobiography from Something About the Author.
- A interview between Diana and Anne Gay on Tascali's Science Fiction Club.
- Diana and Melvin Burgess were interviewed on the BBC discussing reality, fantasy, and children's lives. Requires RealPlayer. Thanks to Katherine Ferguson.
- Locus Interview removed.
- True Blue: an article from The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books by Janice DelNegro
- a letter from the effervescent Jane Yolen about DWJ.
- an article by DWJ which she wrote for The Medusa.
- a poem by Neil Gaiman
- my first letter from Diana
- my second letter from Diana
- Random Tidbits: Neil Gaiman mentions Diana in passing (and read on this page about the great band The Flash Girls; Margaret Mahy reads Diana (and in fact she and I had a great talk at Kaleidoscope 6 on how bummed we both were that Diana had been unable to make it. Then she signed my copy of The Changeover)
To her friends
There's a kitten curled up in Kilkenny was given a perfect pot of cream,
And a princess asleep in a thornwrapped castle who's dreaming a perfect dream,
There's a dog in Alaska who danced with delight on a pile of mastodon bones,
But I got a copy of Hexwood (dedicated to me) by Diana Wynne Jones.
There's an actress who clutches her oscar (and sobs, with proper impromptu joy),
There's a machievellian villain who's hit on a wonderf'lly evil ploy,
There's wizards in crystal castles and kings on their golden thrones,
But I got a copy of Hexwood -- dedicated -- to me! -- by Diana Wynne Jones
There are fishermen out on the sea today who just caught the perfect fish,
There's a child in Luton who opened a genie-filled bottle, and got a wish,
There are people who live in glass houses have managed to outlaw stones --
But I've got a copy of Hexwood, dedicated to me by Diana Wynne Jones
Jane Yolen wrote this to me about DWJ:
Diana is a friend of mine. She is deliciously wicked, tells wonderful stories, is much too nice to people who use her, has bouts with terrible health problems and then makes light of it all in stories that alternately curl your toes and make you fall on the ground laughing.
And if I could get her to stop smoking, I'd be a happy camper.
The self critic
Before I set up this page, I did a fairly thorough web search to make sure there wasn't already a good DWJ resource on the Web (this was back in late 1995 or early 1996, and there weren't any other resources). In this search, I came across an advertisement for The Medusa, an unfortunately short-lived litzine from Steel Dragon Press, run by the intrepid Will Shetterly and Emma Bull.
The litzine was quite good. I've received permission from Will Shetterly to reprint DWJ's article from The Medusa here. Thanks, Will!