You are a gem and I’m never letting you go.
Julia Summerfeld, editor,

Diane, this was BRILLIANT! I totally love you writing these posts. You’re amazing!
— Linda Dahlstrom, editor,

You are amazing with deadlines and clean well-written copy! No wonder we load you with all you can handle.
— Jane Weaver, editor,

Diane, you make good writing look so effortless.
— Margot Weiss, editor,

[Your column] arrived. It’s magnificent. It’s a really enjoyable, breezy read. Great job.
— John Levesque, editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer


You are a truly funny and gifted writer and I’ve enjoyed your P-I columns.
Seattle P-I Single Shot reader

 I love your writing style and sense of humor. It’s one of the big reasons I buy the P-I over the Times.
Seattle P-I Single Shot reader

Kudos, Diane, for yet another intelligent and insightful article. I very much enjoy your writing.
— Seattle P-I Single Shot reader

 The Flex-Away Facial exerciser may not be any good, but Diane Mapes sure is.  She’s as funny as they come – a fantastic comedienne.
— reader (“Does it Work? column)

 I laughed till I cried. What a wit Ms. Diane Mapes is. I wish more stand up comics were that good.
— reader (“Does it Work? column)

This article … has given me the opportunity to accept [my bedwetting problem] and deal with it.  … Just relating my experience here will help me immensely.
— reader (“Bedwetting blues” story)


Diane had an amazing depth and breadth of knowledge about publishing and marketing. She is/was unbelievably great.
— Student, How to Sell Your Work Without Selling Your Soul, Fall 2008

Diane was an amazing resource. I can’t believe how much info she packed into four hours. Diane rocks!
— Student, How to Sell Your Work Without Selling Your Soul, Fall 2008
Tons of energy, very inspiring and more ideas than an MIT think tank.
— Student, How to Pitch-Slap an Editor, Summer 2009

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.

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June 2023

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