ABOUT

THE AUTHOR

Childhood

IMG_6383Diana Stevan was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the only child of immigrants from the Ukraine. As her parents worked around the clock at a meat packing plant and the markets, Diana spent most of the time with her Baba, who could not speak a word of English. She did however pick up a love of words from her father. He had the habit of reciting poems by Kipling, Wordsworth and Tennyson as he walked about the house.

University

After graduating high school with honours, Diana married Robert at 19 and then graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics when she was 7 months pregnant with her first child.  Later she returned to University of Manitoba where she received a Master of Social Work with Honours and was on the Dean’s List.

Jill of All Trades

Diana likes to joke about her checkered resume; she calls herself a Jill of all trades. She’s worked as a cashier, baker’s helper, librarian, fashion salesperson, and a professional model. Though writing was relegated to hobby status, she was a member of the Manitoba Authors Association.

She taught junior high home economics and instructed night school students in those fine arts. Then, during her twenty-five years as a clinical social worker, she taught at a community college, was a field instructor for schools of social work at the University of Manitoba and the University of British Columbia, and worked as a therapist in a variety of settings.

Earlier Writing

As for writing, she was editor of the Child Guidance Clinic Newsletter, published an academic article, and wrote travel and fitness articles for city newspapers. In 1985, she became a freelance writer for CBC Television’s Sports Journal. One of her highlights was covering the  first all-female crew to sail from Victoria to Maui.

Acting

Along the way, Diana’s love of language took her into the field of acting. With her children grown, and while still working as a social worker, she studied scene study with Mel Tuck at Gastown Actors Studio and Carol Rosenfeld of HB studios. Since then, she’s worked on TV series, commercials and movies of the week. Her acting credits here.

Screenplays

She also wrote three screenplays, one of which got the attention of Jody Foster’s agent in L.A. Her acting career slowed in 1998 when she and her husband moved to Vancouver Island because they wanted to be close to one of their daughters. Though she missed working in fronAuthor Diana Stevant of the camera, she co-produced a few short films and co-write one.

Travel

Together with her husband, Robert, Diana has traveled throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Family

They have two children: Karen and Robyn, and three grandchildren.

Where She Is Now

Author Diana Stevan

Photo by Lindsay Chung, Campbell River Mirror

Now, in Campbell River, British Columbia, Diana enjoys meeting with her fellow writers twice a month. She’s written a stage play, some short stories and many poems. She’s had a poem published in the UK journal Dreamcatcher. A short story was published in Escape, an anthology put out by Peregrin publishers in 2012.

Her debut novel, A Cry From The Deep, a romantic mystery and adventure was published in October, 2014, and The Blue Nightgown, a novelette in May, 2015. And in March, 2016, she published under her imprint, Island House Publishing, her second novel, The Rubber Fence, psychological fiction, inspired by her work on a psychiatric ward in 1972.

She also hopes to publish soon, her baba’s story, Lukia’s Lotthat takes place between 1915-1929 in what is now western Ukraine.

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18 thoughts on “ABOUT

  1. Vinod

    I don’t know wheather it is right comment or not that you achieved what you wanted to acheive and still going for that but i am sure you too have been faced problem for this, it was never easy. and that’s what inspire us.
    I wish you happy and beautiful life .

  2. Jan Bartlett

    Oh my! I want to learn and surround my life with people like you. You are an inspiration, your story motivates me more. I am loving all your posts and craving to read more.

  3. Marsha R. West

    Hey, Diana. So glad I hopped over here from Twitter. Love the trailer for your book and the blurb. Quite fascinating!
    Congrats on having that first book out there. Nothing quite like holding it in your hand! My small Canadian e-publisher does only a few print books. I waited a year and have just brought out the print version of my first book.
    Have fun with your book signing. After all the hard work, you deserve the celebration.
    I, too, have 3 grands. Also very fun.
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    1. Diana Stevan Post author

      How lovely to see you here and to have met you on twitter. 3 grand kids, aren’t we lucky? And thank you for the congrats. Exciting and somewhat scary times. As you know, you closet yourself at your computer, and then after years of working at this writing business (for me, decades), there’s a novel. Another dream come true.

  4. Nina

    Good morning Diana – thanks so much for visiting me at mamas*little*treasures (aka Vintage Mama’s Cottage). I don’t know how you found me, perhaps through the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner, but I’m so glad you did.

    You are truly an inspiration to all women of “our age” ;o) – so much to do that we will never accomplish all that is in our hearts to do, but we keep traveling on day by day, to the end of our journey. Thanks for sharing your story with your readers.

    I would love to connect with you again and learn more about your writing. My story has many similarities to your, but also many different specifics . . . .

    Congratulations on the publication of the book! Looking forward to the possibilities of sharing your work with our readers. Sincerely, Nina @ mamas*little*treasures (aka Vintage Mama)
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    1. Diana Stevan Post author

      Thanks for the lovely comments, Nina. Yes, I did connect with you through the Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Nice to meet you as well. And thank you for the congrats and thoughts about sharing my work with your readers. Lovely. As you say, “we keep traveling on day to day, to the end of our journey”, sampling what life has to offer and hopefully giving a lot back.

  5. Francene Adelman

    I read a reference to you in the U of M Alumni Magazine, and saw that you graduated in ‘ 72 with an MSW. So did I, so I began to search my memory for a Diana Stevan. I remember a Diana who had 2 little girls who loved to go to garage sales to buy feminine ,flouncy dresses.This was significant in my mind because you always wore jeans and plaid shirts(did you?) and were strongly feminist in your outlook,not someone who’d encourage frilly dresses.
    I worked as a social worker for 3 years in Corrections, then moved “back to the land”, and found a job in a rural Manitoba community where I taught K-6 Music in the public school system, while doing all the things I love-gardening, skiing, producing community musical events… Do you remember me? Are you the same Diana I recall?

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