D. A. Brittain, (Diane to family and friends), grew up reading anything and everything she could. Fairy tales that ended with the words “…happily ever after” were her favorites as a young girl. The creative works of J. R. R. Tolkien, and C. S. Lewis, and the romantic sonnets of famous poets filled her bookshelves as a teen. It seemed like a natural step for Diane to turn her love of reading into writing, and at the age of fourteen, she began composing poetry and short stories.
Diane’s desire to write continued throughout her adult years when she became an avid student of the Bible and ancient history. Through college and while maintaining a successful business career, she penned a wide variety of biblically based short stories and magazine articles before she began to write her first historical fiction novel.
Diane still loves the words, “Once upon a time,” which call to mind the memories of her favorite childhood fables that carried her away on grand adventures into wonderful make-believe worlds. She focuses on writing historical fiction because she continues to enjoy traveling in her imagination back to far-off times and faraway places. In real life, she’s walked the land of the Bible, exploring many of its ancient ruins and historic sites. Diane’s travels have enhanced her passion for writing inspirational stories of faith that illuminate Biblical truth through realistic characters and adventure-filled tales. When Diane’s not writing, she can usually be found listening to her favorite music, reading, hiking, at her church, or spending treasured time with family and friends. She lives with her husband in the Southern California area.
2017 Illumination Book Award Silver Medalist
Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone
With the motto, ‘Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books,’ the Illumination Book Awards are intended to honor the best books published during the past year with a Christian worldview. Books have always been powerful tools for helping us understand Scripture and to explore various aspects of faith in a complicated world How does one choose the “winners” from the huge array of new titles released each year? The Illumination Book Awards are designed to “shine a light” on the best of them.