Life is not so anxious for one who has thousands of years to live.
Owen Dodd has an unusual sister — so remarkable, in fact, that for years his parents kept her a secret from other Welsh villagers. When American biology student, Kit Cadogan, arrives in Wales to investigate rumors of wolf sightings, the young scientist discovers much more than enormous footprints and canine teeth, but the reclusive Owen and his mysterious sister — an ethereal girl who challenges every truth Kit ever learned in science class.
A story of sibling love and resentment, and the quest to find a creature thought to have been extinct for over eight centuries, this romantic adventure weaves the magic of fairy tales with historical events, the growing concern of endangered species across the planet, and the will to always leave a path open to impossibilities.
In addition to writing novels, Diane Smithey has been busy cranking out short stories and essays. Her work has recently been featured in the Echoes of the Ozarks anthology, and her novel, Sister of Snowdonia, won the 2011 President's Award for Best of the Best at the OWL Annual Literary Awards in Branson, Missouri. A member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators and the Ozarks Writers League, she also supports the World Wildlife Fund and encourages all who care about threatened wildlife and their habitats to join her.
Diane is represented by Jeanie Loiacono at Loiacono Literary Agency.
Recent Awards and Publications
Echoes of the Ozarks, VOL. IX, 2013, SHORT STORY, Rising Up;
Ozarks Writers League (OWL), Annual Literary Awards 2013, SHORT FICTION, 3rd Place, Elmer County Politics;
Ozarks Writers League (OWL), Annual Literary Awards 2013, PARANORMAL SHORT STORY, 2nd HM, The Monster of Tinker's Dell;
Ozarks Writers League (OWL), Annual Literary Awards 2013, WESTERN SHORT STORY, 3rd Place, Rising Up;
Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Award 2011, FICTION – SHORT STORY: 1st HM, A.Crock, Extraordinaire;
Springfield Writers’ Guild 18th Annual Literary Awards, 2011, HUMOROUS SHORT STORY: HM, Passing Knowledge;
Ozarks Writers League (OWL) Annual Literary Awards 2011, GENE ANDERECK SHORT STORY FICTION: 3RD HM, Sea Hag;
Ozarks Writers League (OWL) Annual Literary Awards 2011, FLASH FICTION: 2ND HM, The Find;
Ozarks Writers League (OWL) Annual Literary Awards 2011, NOVEL, 1st Place, Sister of Snowdonia;
Ozarks Writers League (OWL) Annual Literary Awards 2011, PRESIDENT'S AWARD, BEST OF THE BEST 2011, Sister of Snowdonia;
Echoes of the Ozarks, VOL. VII, 2011, NARRATIVE ESSAY, Backyard Rooster
Jim Stone Grand Prize Memorial Award 2010, FICTION - SHORT STORY: 1st HM, The Bard's Balm
I welcome any comments or ideas you might like to share. Please feel free to contact me at the email address below. In the meantime, enjoy reading and always nurture your imagination!
Painting, The Helen Allingham Society
(a pinch of magic goes a long way)