Diana Wagman


My Bio


I am the author of five adult novels and one young adult and numerous short stories, essays and reviews. My second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA PEN West Award for Fiction.

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My First Y.A.!

EXTRAORDINARY OCTOBER will be out in... October, 2016.

The very beautiful cover - designed by Nicky Lindeman. Thank you.
EXTRAORDINARY OCTOBER is about October Fetterhoff, an ordinary girl with plain looks and average grades. Days before her 18th birthday, strange things begin to happen: an itch, she can understand animals, she grows taller, and two new guys at school are vying for her attention. Suddenly she's not ordinary at all, but half fairy, half troll and heir to the kingdoms of both. She will have to use all her powers to save her family and stop a mysterious evil that wants to destroy the fairy world.

There are fireflies in the book. My favorite creatures.

Kirkus review excerpt - "In an auspicious debut for teens, adult author Wagman proves particularly adept at mixing genres and maintains a terrific balance between fantastical (and occasional macabre) happenings and genuine teen perceptions."

My Previous Book

In stores now.


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

BUMP
A car accident, a cop, and a bride-to-be.
SPONTANEOUS
Two sisters, a handyman, unrequited love and spontaneous human combustion.
SKIN DEEP
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