Diana Bletter is the First Prize winner of Family Circle Magazine’s 2011 Fiction Contest, and her novel, The Witches’ Secret, was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s 2009 Breakout Novel Award. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women, (written in collaboration with prize-winning photographer Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Glamour, beliefnet.com, tabletmag.org, The North American Review, The Reading Room, and has been anthologized. Diana grew up on Long Island and attended Cornell University. After graduating with distinction, she went on to work for several newspapers and magazines, including National Lampoon. A wanderer who likes the expatriate life, she has lived in Paris and Rome and now makes her home in a small beach village on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Israel where she and her husband raised six children and an unofficially adopted daughter from Ethiopia.
In 2009, facing an empty nest and wondering what to do with the rest of her life, Diana took six motorcycle lessons and then took off on her motorcycle – with her husband on his motorcycle – for a 10,320-mile journey from Long Island to Alaska and back again. Her memoir, The Mom Who Took Off On Her Motorcycle, will be published by Kent & Cordell on October 5, 2012.
Diana is an active member of a Jewish-Muslim-Druze-Christian women’s group in Israel dedicated to forging connections among women and remains naively idealistic about hope for peace in the Middle East – despite all evidence to the contrary. A tomboy who snowboards, climbs trees and participates in sprint triathlons, she also speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Yiddish and Hebrew and is now learning Arabic, committed to speaking as many foreign languages as possible with the same Americano accent.