Things Unsaid–My Debut Novel’s Book Launch


I’m so excited Things Unsaid is now available at Amazon in paperback and e-book formats as well as at your local indie bookstore. Published by She Writes Press, a small indie press devoted to women authors, Things Unsaid is my writer’s journey into fiction, a journey that has taken almost three years.

Things Unsaid
Things Unsaid

If you are in Northern California, please check out three local book events happening over the next two weeks. I would LOVE to have you join me!

1) This Sunday, October 18, 3:00-4:30 Folio Books, SF (Noe Valley)– Tea and cookies will be served.

2) Friday, October 23, 4:00-6:00 McIntyre Wine Tasting Room,  The Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel–Complimentary glass of wine to all who RSVP!

A second glass of a different wine, if you bring your copy of Things Unsaid or purchase a copy onsite for signing. E-book receipts are also included.  There will be a raffle!

3) Friday, October 30, 5:00-7:00, Green Chalk Contemporary Art Gallery, Monterey–Sponsored by Crystal Fish Sushi. Seiko Atsuko Purdue’s art will also be on exhibit!

Here are what people are saying about Things Unsaid:

1)… In a carefully crafted cautionary tale, Diana Paul writes a story of a family that could be anyone’s family…Family ties are stressed to the breaking point. … Moral dilemmas, emotional roller-coasters, sacrifice and duty abound in this tense novel that exposes raw human emotion—sparing no one the pain that comes with such issues.  [StoryCircleBookReviews]

2) … Family is never easy to deal with, elderly family is even more difficult. “Things Unsaid” tells of the tightrope act that is fulfilling familial duty and obligation. [BlackDogSpeaks]

3) …. Her novel, Things Unsaid, dissects family and generational relationships not only from the traditional storytelling perspective – and she tells a compelling story – but also from the wellspring of her philosophical beliefs. [SnowflakesArise]

4) I have to say I was hooked on the story as it unfolded and found it hard to put down. It’s well-written for a start with plenty of attention to detail and a strong sense of place. The characters are amazingly well-drawn. It’s almost as though Diana has written about people she knows, she gets into their innermost thoughts and feelings so well” [–UK]

5) This story was almost hard to digest, because it speaks of a family in such dysfunction that it is painstaking to read. But, that is exactly what makes this story so wonderful and different. [Goodreads]

6) Things Unsaid, a provocative read, asks us to consider what children owe their aging parents and siblings… As we come to know this dysfunctional family — a narcissistic mother, a shadow-like father, and two calculating siblings — we watch as Jules struggles financially and emotionally to meet their needs.  [Amazon]

Come to one book event, if you can, or more than one! Let’s party!


Note: To learn more about Things Unsaid, recent press, and articles I am currently writing for a range of online and print media, please visit my author website at: or click the tab above, “My Author Site” for more information.

Green Chalk Contemporary–It’s All About Fish

The year-old gallery, Green Chalk Contemporary,  in Monterey, is currently presenting “FRESH FISH “, a show of  over 50  artworks  contributed by local, national and international artists.  Emotionally resonant subject matter, expressive brushwork, vibrant colors, deep and rich paint and ink tones, mixed media, found objects and industrial materials all are evident in eclectic compositions.  Squid ink, seaweed, threads, epoxy and glass, and dried anchovies screamed out “FISH.” This exhibit ( part of the Lighthouse District’s Big Splash” events going on in various parts of Monterey, including the Aquarium) will be open until August 9.

David Higgins

While I would have difficulty selecting standouts in an exceptional show, the sculpture by David Higgins, “Ghost Fish”–hand built of epoxy– is a marvel and almost irresistible to refrain from touching.

Jerry Takigawa
Jerry Takigawa
Tom Nakashima

Jerry Takigawa’s photograph of the fluid movement of a fish into almost an abstract animated image is stunning.  Not to be missed is Tom Nakashima’s “It’s Natural”,  a whimsical oil painting of a school of sheephead, the fish that morphs from female to male.

Go and explore, engage the eye in some one-on-one fish gazing.   The opening reception featured fish heads and other corporal parts artistically laid out in an ice bucket at the front entrance to entice passersby to come in and take a look!  And mission was accomplished–this was a very well-attended event.

Green Chalk

[Green Chalk Contempoary, 616 Lighthouse Ave, Monterey, CA 93940]