Seattle writer Diane Mapes specializes in health, humor, lifestyle and singles issues. A longtime contributor to, and, her personal essays, feature stories and articles have also appeared in Columns,, Health, Los Angeles Times,, Seattle Magazine, Seattle Times, Singular Magazine, Southern Living and The Washington Post.

me - dec 2012 - publicity shot with book - goofy

Hey, I wrote a book! Photo courtesy of Adrien Leavitt

A former humor columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Diane is also the author of How to Date in a Post-Dating World, 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.

A skilled copywriter, Diane has crafted 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.

Happily single, Diane lives in Seattle, where she writes, hangs with friends and family, advocates for cancer patients, watches BBC crime dramas and old movies and composes original 1930s cartoon music on her piano. You can read a sampling of her 500-plus published essays, articles, short stories and columns here.


What’s the story?

Meet Diane Mapes, your friendly neighborhood freelance writer. My beats include health (with an emphasis on cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship) and lifestyle and singles issues, but I also love writing about history, natural history, pop culture and TV/film. On this site, you'll find links to stories, praise for my writing (*blush*) and the odd bit of social commentary about the single life. Also here, a few shameless plugs for my books (hint: see links below). Have fun, glad you're here and hope to hear from you soon.

Oh! And if you're looking for my breast cancer blog, go to Double_Whammied

Check out 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.

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