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Diane Fanning
Born Diane Lynn Butcher
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation Crime writer; mystery novelist
Nationality American
Period 2000-present
Genre Crime fiction
Subject True crime
Notable works Mommy's Little Girl
Notable awards Edgar Award nomination

Diane Fanning is an American crime writer and author who writes nonfiction and mystery novels.


Fanning was born Diane Lynn Butcher in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Perry Hall High School, and then Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she majored in chemistry. She and husband Wayne Fanning have three children: Pete Fanning, Ivy Johnson and Liz Nichols. Fanning lives in Bedford, Virginia.


After college, she wrote for the advertising field, earning more than 70 Addy Awards for her work. During that time, she wrote as a freelance writer.

Her career shifted into nonprofit work with a move to New Braunfels, Texas. Fanning worked for fundraising groups, including Another Way Texas Shares[1] and the National Association for Choice in Giving. She began her first book while living in Texas. She is co-founder of Women in Crime Ink,[2] described by the Wall Street Journal as "a blog worth reading."[3]

In 2002, Fanning corresponded with serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells, who, in a letter to her, confessed to murdering 10-year-old Joel Kirkpatrick, whose mother had been convicted of killing her son. According to the Innocence Project, Fanning's testimony before a prison review board about the letter and her book Through the Window, which details Sells' crime spree, were said to help prove Harper's innocence.[4] In 2011, Fanning was given the Defenders of the Innocent Award by the Illinois Innocence Project for getting the confession from Sells.[5]

In 2006, her book Written in Blood received an Edgar Award nomination.[6]

Fanning has been interviewed for CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" in November 2009 and Investigation Discovery in 2010 and 2011.[7] CBS's "Crimesider" column featured her in a story about the Casey Anthony case.[8]


  • 2001: Freedom Fighter Award, National Alliance for Choice in Giving[9]
  • 2011: Defenders of the Innocent Award, Illinois Innocence Project[10]



  • Bite the Moon (Molly Mullet mystery; Five Star, 2007)

Lucinda Pierce Mystery series (Severn House)[edit]

  • The Trophy Exchange (2008)
  • Punish the Deed (2009)
  • Mistaken Identity (2010)
  • Twisted Reason (4th Lucinda Pierce mysery series, released in the UK, Sept 2010)[11]
  • False Front (2012)
  • Wrong Turn (2013)



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81 news items


Tue, 12 Jan 2016 15:03:32 -0800

Fanning, who lives in Virginia, wrote the definitive account of the Michael Peterson case with her 2005 book "Written in Blood." Her 14th true-crime book, "Bitter Remains: A Custody Battle, a Gruesome Crime, and the Mother Who Paid the Ultimate Price" ...

New York Daily News

New York Daily News
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:00:22 -0700

Psychics reported visions of farmhouses, cornfields and cars, wrote Diane Fanning in “Into the Water,” a 2002 book on the case. One reported seeing Sofia in a body of water surrounded by vegetation. A little more than a month after the disappearance ...

The Texas Observer

The Texas Observer
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:18:09 -0700

Diane Fanning and Susan Kelly Flatau), the most recent Texas women's anthology, published in 2003. Though it draws heavily from Red Boots, Her Texas strives for a wider angle, doubling the number of contributors and adding a section that celebrates the ...

Lynchburg News and Advance

Lynchburg News and Advance
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 01:06:03 -0700

One of them, the 2007 slaying of Jocelyn Earnest in Forest, was the subject of a book by well-known true crime writer Diane Fanning. With all that, however, the Lyon case is different and perhaps more compelling, because it goes to the heart of every ...


Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:52:51 -0700

Diane Fanning wrote about Tommy Lynn Sells in her book Through the Window. In addition to its own editorials, USA TODAY publishes diverse opinions from outside writers, including our Board of Contributors. To read more columns like this, go to the ...

Roanoke Times (blog)

Roanoke Times (blog)
Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:18:45 -0800

In 2007, the family of Jocelyn Earnest had the worst Christmas of their lives: Just before the holiday, she was found dead in her home in Bedford County. A cursory glance suggested Earnest killed herself: There was a gunshot wound to her head and a ...


Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:49:34 -0700

It is also inspired by the book by Diane Fanning. The real story happened in 2006 when Matthew Brian Winkler was shot dead in his Tennessee home. The Crime. Mary Winkler, a pastor's wife, shot and killed her husband Matthew Brian Winkler in their home ...


Wed, 20 Jun 2012 06:05:13 -0700

Diane Fanning, Contributor. Shiner Brewery (Photo credit: Stacey Huggins). Shiner, Texas, a town of two thousand an hour and a half east of San Antonio, is known to most Texans as the home of Shiner Beer, one of the best-selling independent beers in ...

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