Holquist, Diana 1967-

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Holquist, Diana 1967-

PERSONAL:

Born 1967; married; children.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Philadelphia, PA. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Writer.

WRITINGS:

Make Me a Match (novel), Warner Forever (New York, NY), 2006.

Sexiest Man Alive, Grand Central Books (New York, NY), 2007.

Maintains a blog at http://sexiestmanalivebook.blogspot.com.

SIDELIGHTS:

Diana Holquist began writing seriously when she moved with her family to central New York. There she began devoting more time to improving her craft, focusing on the romantic novels she enjoyed reading but adding her own personal twist. Her first novel, Make Me a Match, tells the story of two sisters, Cecelia, who lives a quiet, conservative life, and Amy, a wild, gypsy-type, who has the ability to tell a person the name of their one true love. When Amy crashes the party celebrating Cecelia's engagement to Jack, a lawyer, it is to inform her that her true love's name is actually Finn Concord, and that her current relationship is a mistake. Meanwhile, Finn lives with his eight-year-old daughter, Maya. Diana Tixier Herald, reviewing the novel for Booklist, called the book "a delightful debut with endearing characters, a fresh plot, and a paranormal twist." In a review for the Nights and Weekends Web site, Margaret Marr wrote that "Diana Holquist explodes onto the romance market with this ingenious tale." A contributor to the Romance Review Web site observed: "Every character in this story experiences some kind of growth and change."

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, September 15, 2006, Diana Tixier Herald, review of Make Me a Match, p. 37.

ONLINE

All about Romance Web site,http://www.likesbooks.com/ (July 24, 2007), Lisa Gardineer, review of Make Me a Match.

Diana Holquist Home Page,http://www.dianaholquist.com (July 24, 2007).

Diana Holquist MySpace Page,http://www.myspace.com/dianaholquist (July 24, 2007).

Nights and Weekends Web site,http://www.nightsandweekends.com/ (July 24, 2007), Margaret Marr, review of Make Me a Match.

Once upon a Romance Web site,http://www.onceuponaromance.net/ (July 24, 2007), Connie Payne, review of Make Me a Match.

Pump Up Your Online Book Promotion Blog,http://pumpupyouronlinebookpromotion.blogspot.com/ (April 24, 2007), Q & A with author.

Romance Reader at Heart Web site,http://romancereaderatheart.com/ (July 24, 2007), Heather Hiestand, review of Make Me a Match.

Romance Review Web site,http://www.aromancereview.com/ (July 24, 2007), review of Make Me a Match.

Romantic Times Online,http://www.romantictimes.com/ (July 24, 2007), Susan Mobley, review of Make Me a Match.