Diane Zahler

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Diane Zahler is the author of two nonfiction books for high-school students, The Black Death and Than Shwe’s Burma, both published by Lerner Publishing Group. She lives with her husband and dog in New York’s Harlem Valley.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Any fantasy book, from C.S. Lewis to E. Nesbit to Edward Eager; Elizabeth Enright’s The Saturdays; Marguerite d’Angeli’s The Door in the Wall

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Children’s: E. Nesbit, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis; Adult: Jane Austen, E.M. Forster, Edith Wharton

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve always loved children’s books and have wanted to write them since I was a child. I worked in the children’s room at a local public library while in high school and college and in children’s book publishing when I graduated, so I have been continuously working toward this goal.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read. Then read some more.