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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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38 news items

New York Daily News

New York Daily News
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 20:00:00 -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 Sophia in a body of water surrounded by vegetation. A little more than a month after the disappearance ...

Roanoke Times (blog)

Roanoke Times (blog)
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:04:55 -0700

The case is the subject of "Under Cover of the Night," the newest true crime book by Bedford resident Diane Fanning and the subject of this week's book giveaway. Fanning answered some questions about the book, herself and about being a versatile writer ...

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 ...
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 ...

Roanoke Times (blog)

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

Veteran true crimes author Diane Fanning, herself of Bedford, takes the reader through Jocelyn Earnest's youth, marriage and the trial over her death in “Under Cover of the Night.” The keys to good true crime books are to keep them interesting and ...
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.

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