Diana Plater was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA before migrating with her family to Sydney, Australia, at a young age. She is a novelist, non-fiction writer, travel writer and journalist.
Her most recent novel, Whale Rock, Moshpit Publishing, 2019, won the Gold award for Popular Literary Fiction in the Global Ebook Awards, 2019.
Diana has a long career in news journalism in Australia, writing for a number of the country´s leading newspapers such as the Canberra Times and the Sydney Morning Herald where she covered indigenous and race issues. Diana was also based in Nicaragua during the Sandinista/Contra war in the 1980s.
More recently, Diana was the travel editor at Australian Associated Press.
Since leaving AAP, Diana writes regularly on the arts, travel, the environment and entertainment for a range of newspapers, magazines and online media outlets, including: the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Geographic, The Saturday Paper, The Canberra Times, The Australian, Australian Associated Press, The West Australian and The Courier-Mail.
Her other books include:
Many Voices - Reflections on experiences of indigenous child separation (the Cootamundra girls home chapter), The National Library, 2002.
Taking Control - How to aim for a successful pregnancy after miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal loss, Transworld, 1997.
Raging Partners, co-written with Ollie Smith, Magabala Books, 2000, (short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Award 2001).
Diana has also written a play, Havana, Harlem which had a season at the Sydney Fringe festival, 2010 and is presently working on a satirical novel, All Bets are Off, and a musical, Cornelius and Rosalind, with Arnold Smith.
Since 2011 Diana has run group writing workshops in Sydney and Bali and has worked as a senior lecturer in narrative journalism at the University of Sydney and the University of technology, Sydney until 2017.
She has a Master of Arts in Creative and Cultural Practice from the University of Western Sydney.