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Diane Fanning
Born Diane Lynn Butcher
Baltimore, Maryland
Occupation Crime writer; mystery novelist
Nationality American
Period 2000-present
Genres Crime fiction
Subjects True crime
Notable work(s) Mommy's Little Girl
Notable award(s) 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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Author Diane Fanning on Casey Anthony

False Front Audiobook - Unabridged (Chapter 1, Part 1) by Diane Fanning

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Author on Casey Anthony

Diane Fanning, who wrote a book on Casey Anthony's case, talks about the woman charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter and how her relationship with her...


MOMMY'S LITTLE GIRL: Casey Anthony and Her Daughter Caylee's Tragic Fate by Diane Fanning, from St. Martin's Press. The first, full-length, in-depth account ...

A Poisoned Passion

A POISONED PASSION--the ninth true crime book from Diane Fanning and St. Martin's Press. In an isolated town in the middle of West Texas, a veterinarian choo...

Punish the Deed

Homicide Detective Lucinda Pierce is back! In Punish the Deed by Diane Fanning. The second mystery novel in the series from Severn House.

Mistaken Identity

MISTAKEN IDENTITY, the third Lucinda Pierce Novel She tracks down double murder while exploring the depth of childhood scars and the price of irresponsible p...


Publishers Weekly: "Edgar-finalist Fanning skillfully illuminates the heartbreaking challenges facing Alzheimer's victims and their families in her fourth my...

Tommy Lynn Sells ; the Cross Country Killer (Documentary)

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3 news items

Deseret News
Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:28:19 -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 ...
Cleveland Daily Banner
Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:18:45 -0700

The Friends of the Library Association will host its Book and Coffee Review on March 21 at the Craigmiles-Johnston House History Branch Library at 10 a.m. Rita Cannon, FOLA board member will review a true crime story by Diane Fanning, “Her Deadly Web.
Publishers Weekly
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:26:15 -0700

Another perspective on the U.S. home front during WWII comes in Scandal in the Secret City by Diane Fanning, due from Severn in November. This series features chemist Libby Clark's experiences working at Secret City, the Tennessee installation where ...

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