Diane Mapes is a fulltime freelance writer specializing in health, humor, lifestyle and singles issues. She is a regular contributor to the online sites NBCnews (formerly MSNBC), MSN, Match.com’s online mag Happen and TODAY; her work has also appeared in Bust, CNN, Christian Science Monitor, the UW’s alumni mag Columns, Health, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Times, Self, Singular Magazine, Southern Living, The Washington Post, and (her personal favorite) Poultry Magazine.
For two and a half years, Diane wrote Single Shot, a biweekly humor column about the single life, for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (both the column and the print edition of the P-I stopped in March 2009). Diane is also the author of How to Date in a Post-Dating World(Sasquatch Books 2006), a dating manual for the modern, mangled single and the editor of Single State of the Union: Single Women Speak Out on Life, Love, and the Pursuit of Happiness(Seal Press 2007).
A skilled copywriter, Diane has created everything from radio spots to web content to brochure copy to branding language. In her former life as a marketing director, she promoted two nonprofit arts organizations, an adventure travel company, and a luxury cruise line, helping to create all manner of marketing/promotional collateral.
Diane grew up on a strawberry farm in the Pacific Northwest, the middle of five girls (that’s right, no boys, and yes, there was only one bathroom). Although the barn fell down years ago (thanks to a high wind) and most of the acreage is rented out to the dairy farmer next door, the farm is still in the family.
Happily single, Diane lives in Seattle, where she divides her time among friends, family, books, boxing, crime TV, old movies, antique shopping, playing the piano, tromping all over the city and, oh yes, writing. You can read a sampling of her 500-plus published essays, articles, short stories and columns here.