IN WILDERNESS, Diane Thomas's second novel, is set in the wild and beautiful Georgia/North Carolina mountains of 1967.

THE YEAR THE MUSIC CHANGED: THE LETTERS OF ACHSA McEACHERN-ISAACS AND ELVIS PRESLEY, Diane Thomas's debut novel, was published by The Toby Press in 2005.

Diane Thomas is a Southern writer recently relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico, from a small community in the Georgia Appalachians. Her second novel, In Wilderness, coming from Random House in early 2015, is set in this beautiful country, as is her novel-in-progress, tentatively titled Finger Cove. Her debut novel, The Year the Music Changed: The Letters of Achsa McEachern-Isaacs and Elvis Presley, was published in 2005 by The Toby Press.

Diane blogs regularly on this site, and you can visit her on Facebook, (dianethomaswriter), follow her on Twitter (@dianethomaswrit) and network with her on LinkedIn and Goodreads. You can also see her read from The Year the Music Changed on YouTube (search "La Tienda Local Author Readings - Diane Thomas"). In addition to her writing and related activities, Diane curates, with her husband, Bill Osher, the Reel New Mexico Independent Film Series, New Mexico's only ongoing monthly screenings of independent films with a New Mexico connection.

In Wilderness, nominated in an earlier draft as The Clearing for the Pushcart Editors Prize, tells the story of Katherine, a 38-year-old advertising executive suffering from a mysterious wasting illness, who on Valentine's Day 1967 comes to a southern Appalachian wilderness to die; and of Danny, a former Vietnam sniper afflicted with what today would be PTSD, who has come to that same wilderness so he will not kill again. Inspired by historic Appalachian folk ballads of obsessive love and violence, the novel explores the twin human urges -- to create and to destroy -- through the story of these two individuals, one damaged by war, the other by environmental disregard, who are brought together by an overarching need for love.

The Year the Music Changed: The Letters of Achsa McEachern-Isaacs and Elvis Presley received a starred review from Library Journal, rave reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, was a Booksense Notable for September 2005 and was also published in Italian (Azimut Libre) and Japanese (Poplar). The reviewer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution compared it with To Kill a Mockingbird.

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