Single Shot Seattle: How about a little attitude with that?

Welcome to my website

I’m Diane Mapes, a local writer who grew up picking berries, climbing trees, playing the piano and reading everything from Nancy Drew mysteries to The Godfather on a gorgeously dysfunctional rural strawberry farm about an hour north of Seattle in Skagit Valley, Washington.

Love those sunsets. San Diego 2016.

At 20, I moved to Seattle and went on to marry, stepmom, start writing, divorce, grow up, travel, date, lose friends, eventually lose parents, get cancer and somehow stumble into the world of science.

And I’ve written about all of it along the way. Feel free to dig into the site or explore these handy links.

* Books on dating and the single life (also, my zombie parody, 50 Shades of Brains)

* My Seattle P-I humor column, Single Shot

* Oddball medical writing (think cutaneous horns and stone babies) and lots of other odds and ends.

If you’re interested in current work, check out my reporting on cancer prevention and research at Fred Hutch.

Want to hire me for some writing? There should be an email address around here somewhere. ; )

Looking for my breast cancer blog? Check out

Wondering why there aren’t any new posts? Me too! No worries, you can also always find me at my #BC Twitter feed, @double_whammied

Thanks for stopping by and as always, enjoy the ride, including those bumps. Sun goes down for good before you know it. ; )

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What’s my story?

I'm a former freelance writer, now gainfully employed at Fred Hutch (views and f-bombs all my own).

I write about health and health care; cancer research and the cancer experience; dating, lifestyle and singles issues and lots of other stuff including humor and fiction and a few songs here and there.

Book info below.

Looking for my breast cancer blog? Go to doublewhammied

Where are my books?

How to Date in a Post-Dating World A dating manual for the modern, mangled single.

Single State of the Union
Single women speak out on life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

Fifty Shades of Brains
Sex. Zombies. Really annoying present tense narration.

Follow me on Twitter!

April 2019

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