Author Spotlight

Diane Davies

Diane Davies’ three children’s books have all been honored with the coveted Mom’s Choice Award at the Gold Level. Life in the Neck New Friends won the 2019 Eric Hoffer Book Award for the Children’s Category and was shortlisted for the overall winner category.

Davies also won the 2019 First Horizon Award as a new author in the Eric Hoffer Book Award Program. Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer has been awarded a Finalist in Book Excellence Award for 2021.

Diane Davies (1948) is a breast cancer survivor and activist, wife, mother, grandmother, former school teacher, author, former executive director of Circle in the Field: Peer Support for Breast Cancer, and Bush Leadership Fellow, 2011-2013.

She lives in rural Hastings, Minnesota with husband Butch. They are both retired and enjoy spending time with their family at home and at their lake home on Rainy Lake in Ontario. You’ll find them at home on the St. Croix River on their boat called “Fiddle Fartin’ Around.” Her daughter and family live next door making it handy for watching her two grandchildren.

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Life in the Neck Advent of Christmas

Learn the meaning of advent in a simple gentle way on the porch of Fort Eli in the Neck among the forest animals.

Two children celebrate the coming of Christmas with an advent wreath, lanterns for candles, Bible verses and a manager explaining the significance of each as they move forward bringing His light into the world.

Available on Amazon.

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Life in the Neck New Friends

Welcome to life in the Neck, a beautiful place where animals form unbreakable connections. In this book, Delaney, Rocket, and Cardinal Red meet and learn about friendship, cooperation, and the busy world around them.

But when danger comes to the Neck, will their bond be strong enough to beat it?

Available on Amazon.

Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer

Jeannie Ann is a typical six-year-old. When she learns her grandma has breast cancer, it brings up the fears, questions, emotions, and misunderstandings that come with facing a medical challenge. With her family by her side, Jeannie Ann learns about what cancer can bring – tumors, mastectomies, chemotherapy, pain, and loss, but also hope.

Jeannie Ann’s Grandma Has Breast Cancer is a story written with honesty, love, and understanding for children of all ages.

Available on Amazon.

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Life in the Neck Squirrel Trouble

Welcome to a new adventure in the Neck, a beautiful place where animals and humans live together in harmony – most of the time.

In this book, a young boy named Eli builds a log fort with his dad, but it’s not long before mischievous squirrels Chatter, Whistle, and Squeak move in and take over. As the nuts, acorns, and pinecones pile up inside, Eli realizes he’s going to have to get creative to get them out. Will his plan work, or will the squirrels win?

Available on Amazon.

Breast Cancer Saved My Life: The Wisdom of 12 Years of Survivorship

Read one woman’s story to see how she faced her breast cancer journey and came out the other side stronger and more alive.  Diane Davies, breast cancer survivor/thriver, shares her private confidences and secrets of survival in Breast Cancer Saved My Life; The Wisdom of 12 Years of Survivorship.

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From There to Here: A Breast Cancer Journey

From There to Here: A Breast Cancer Journey deals head-on with life’s messy issues when a person is diagnosed with cancer. Diane Davies, trying to deal with her own diagnosis of breast cancer, kept a 302-day journal to record her thoughts, feelings, and interactions with her husband, family, friends, doctors and other medical staff.

With honesty and wit, Diane discusses many of the issues people are most afraid to talk about—anger, denial, fear, the loss of a breast, rejection, pain, advocacy, treatment and reconstruction options. This reassuring, intimate journey shows that cancer need not be the end, but the beginning of meaningful, loving relationships, both with ourselves and those closest to us.

Available on Amazon.