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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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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 ...
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 ...

Pagosa Daily Post

Pagosa Daily Post
Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:30:00 -0700

“Scandal in the Secret City” by Diane Fanning follows a female scientist at a top secret facility. “Biblical” by Christopher Galt is an apocalyptic thriller. “Sidney Shelton's Chasing Tomorrow” by Tilly Bagshawe is a suspense story featuring Tracy Whitney.
Blogger News Network (blog)
Mon, 03 Dec 2007 00:00:00 -0800

But, Diane Fanning takes the reader behind the carefully orchestrated performance in the court room and delivers the journey through the raw, unfiltered eyes of those who lived it. Detailing the crime scene, police procedure, the autopsy and the trial ...
PRLog.Org (press release)
Fri, 27 May 2011 03:58:32 -0700

PRLog - May 27, 2011 - SURFSIDE BEACH, S.C. -- Diane Fanning, true crime author and novelist, is in high demand for commentary on the high profile trial of Casey Anthony. She is the author of the first full-length, in depth account of the Caylee ...
Wed, 14 Dec 2011 10:03:17 -0800

Ten years ago this month, New York Times bestselling novelist Michael Peterson murdered his wife Kathleen in the stairway of their home in Durham, North Carolina. He claimed he was sitting by the swimming pool when she went into the house, slipped ...
Deseret News
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:24:38 -0700

Writing three years ago in Forbes Magazine, Diane Fanning focused on the case of Lindsey Brooke Lowe, a 25-year-old who gave birth to twins and then suffocated them. As with Huntsman, no one knew she had been pregnant, but her father found the ...
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 06:05:13 -0700

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 the country. Now, it's the focus of the national spotlight for a beating death.

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