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 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

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.

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

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April 2020

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