According to her mother, Diann “DT” Read began writing as soon as she could pick up a pencil, though her first “stories” were mostly drawings of horses. By age 10, she’d appropriated her father’s old college typewriter and learned to type (with two fingers) because it was faster than pushing a pencil. At age 14, with the encouragement of a schoolteacher aunt, she entered the Utah League of Writers Contest for Young Writers and won 1st place in the Junior High Division. She started her first novel, a fantasy based on the Arthurian legends, in high school, but got sidetracked into science fiction in college and never finished it.
Her first military science fiction trilogy, The Sergey Chronicles, was published by Tor in the late 1990s. Now available on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo, the Sergey trilogy continues to earn royalties after all these years. She also has a handful of published short stories.
Diann took a hiatus from fiction writing when she was mobilized to active duty following 9/11. She served for 23 years in the U.S. Air Force and retired in 2009 to return to writing. She learned her craft from such mentors as Orson Scott Card, Elizabeth Moon, and David Farland. She’s married to Jon Read, and they live in Texas.