Diana was born in Salisbury in the 40’s and grew up in Que Que, the heart of Southern Rhodesia. She emigrated to the United States of America in 1967 and became a US citizen in 1975. She has lived for extended periods on all three coasts and in between as well as sandwiching 4 years back in South Africa somewhere along the line.
Diana followed a career in Medical Technology, then Genetic Engineering, authoring and contributing to numerous scientific publications. She most recently retired from thirteen years at Rice University, Houston, Texas. She is hard at work on her magnum opus, still plagued by that self-imposed exile from that place she once called home which does not exist anymore.
Southern Rhodesia was British then, but a self-governing settler colony. Her writing captures the wonderful days of innocence and idealism along with all the foibles and shortcomings of the folks in a small gold mining village, before Harold Macmillan’s Winds of Change swept down the length of Africa, in the early 60’s.
Whitewashed Jacarandas marks the first volume of a quartet describing the mostly ignored burst of development that took place between the end of WWII and the onset of the crisis with Britain over the rise of African Nationalism in Southern Rhodesia which led to rebellion, civil war and finally the election of Robert Mugabe.