NWU Author Interview: Diane Koerner

Nothing Without Us

Nothing Without Us is an own-voices, multi-genre collection of short stories where the protagonists identify as disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or manage mental illness.

Co-editor Talia Johnson interviews Diane Koerner, author of Panic in Paradise, which will appear in the Nothing Without Us anthology this fall.

Tell us a bit about yourself as an author. Do you have any published works? What sort of stories do you gravitate to as a writer?

I worked as a journalist for the Big Island Weekly newspaper for several years, contributing a weekly Holistic Approach and a Greener Hawaii column. They were written to inspire people to make positive changes for their own health and the health of our environment. After attending the Kauai Writers’ Conference last November, I decided to try my hand at fiction and am excited about being part of an ongoing critique group now. The next story I’m working…

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