Diana Wagman

In Wyoming. The orange vest is because writing is dangerous work.


I am the author of five novels and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. My last novel, The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Authors selection. My second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction. I wrote the original screenplay for DELIVERING MILO directed by Nick Castle and starring Bridget Fonda and Albert Finney.

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Here's the cover of my latest novel:

Available May 15, 2015.

The jacket copy:

Best-selling and critically acclaimed author Diana Wagman brings us another suspenseful tale about a woman facing death. Fiona's marriage is crumbling, and she has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Caught up in a wave of memories as she faces her own mortality, Fiona recalls the five previous times in her life that she nearly died, including a fateful boat trip thirty years ago with her former boyfriend, Luc. She flees her life, struggling marriage, and cancer treatment to rendezvous with Luc, in the process reliving the harrowing boat trip the two of them shared three decades earlier, which permanently altered their lives. Now that Fiona desperately needs Luc to save her, will he be the man she remembers? Or will she discover heartbreak again?

An adventurous, emotionally complex tale inspired by Diana Wagman's own experience at sea, Life #6 explores the folly of youth, what happens to us when we're pushed to the brink, the regrets of love lost, and what it really means to love, as well as the many ways we die and are renewed throughout our lives.

Selected Work

A car accident, a cop, and a bride-to-be.
Two sisters, a handyman, unrequited love and spontaneous human combustion.
Wanted: woman to talk to. 3 nights a week. 300 dollars a night.
The Five Elements of Noir
Black Clock Literary Journal, volume 10
Three Legged Dog
Electric Literature, volume 1