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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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56 news items

Roanoke Times (blog)

Roanoke Times (blog)
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 21:15:00 -0800

Bedford resident Diane Fanning's new mystery series features a courageous, brilliant young scientist named Libby Clark. “Scandal in the Secret City” finds Libby drawn into the intrigue of the male-dominated world of 1940's bomb making and murderous ...
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 22:11:15 -0800

True crime will be a featured topic this year with three different classes—back-to-back—from noted true crime writers Ed Falco (<em>Toughs</em>), Alice de Sturler (the blog Defrosting Cold Cases), and Diane Fanning (<em>Scandal in the Secret City</em ...

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 ...

Oak Ridge Today

Oak Ridge Today
Sun, 02 Nov 2014 13:00:00 -0800

Oak Ridge High School Masquers, the school's drama program, will present “Murder in the Magnolias,” an ensemble comedy, in three performances this month. The performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, November 13, and Saturday, November 15, ...

Oak Ridge Today

Oak Ridge Today
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:41:15 -0700

A Gift Sale in Grove Center this month benefits Habitat for Humanity of Anderson County. The Gift Sale continues this week and next week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at Habitat for … [Read More...] Diane Fanning ...
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 ...

Oak Ridge Today

Oak Ridge Today
Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:33:45 -0700

The ORCMA Chorus began the 2014-15 season with its first rehearsal on Monday, August 11, in the Oak Ridge High School Choir Room. The group practiced the Schubert “Mass No. 5,” a press release said. Under the direction of Seth Maples, the chorus, ...

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.

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