Born Diana Chiappa on 2 February 1963 in Dunfermline, Fife, I was raised bilingual with Italian and developed a passion for languages from an early age. I went on to study French and German at the University of Glasgow, where I somehow achieved a First Class M.A. (Hons) in 1986.
I am married to John Devlin and have two daughters, Leah and Ellie. The family has settled on the west coast of Scotland, where we enjoy a tranquil life in the company of our four eccentric and lovable pets: Stanley, an affectionate Jack Russell with an obsession for any kind of ball; Rolo, a tantalisingly fluffy black and white cat prone to unpredictable psychotic episodes; Roobarb, a timid but secretly mischievous Bengal cat and her slinky blue-eyed snow lynx Bengal mother.
Until October 2016, I worked as a primary school teacher in Glasgow but now devote most of my time to writing. My poetry has been published in an anthology of new writing and I am working on a new collection of poems which I hope to publish in 2017.