IN WILDERNESS is:

Diane ThomasA Georgia resident for a great part of her life, Diane holds a BA from Georgia State University in Atlanta and an MFA from Columbia University in New York. She began her writing career as a reporter forThe Atlanta Constitution newspaper (now part of the AJC) and soon became its entertainment editor. There she was privileged to review local and touring theater productions and such iconic films as "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Blowup," and to interview a host of celebrities that included directors Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Altman and Elia Kazan, as well as actors Susan Hayward, Carol Channing and Michael Caine. She later joined Atlanta, a pioneering and controversial city magazine, which she left after several years to establish her own freelance writing business. She is married to Bill Osher, a retired educational psychologist and university administrator. After spending several years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, they now live in Boulder, Colorado.

Diane wrote her literary thriller In Wilderness twice, the first time in 1981 during a period of ill health to distract herself from fears of dying. She gave her symptoms to her protagonist, and sent her into a southern Appalachian wilderness to see what would become of her. Though nominated for the Pushcart Editors Prize, this version of In Wilderness, titledThe Clearing, was never published. Thomas took courses in Georgia State's Creative Writing program during the 1990s, and in 2002 completed The Year the Music Changed: The Letters of Achsa McEachern-Isaacs and Elvis Presley. It was published by a small international publisher of literary fiction, The Toby Press, in 2005 and became her debut novel.

Four years later, Diane moved with her husband to the New Mexican desert. Homesick for the Georgia mountains, where they had spent much of the previous seven years, she unearthed her yellowed manuscript of The Clearing from the back of a file drawer, completely rewrote it, and retitled it In Wilderness. It was published by Bantam Books, an inprint of Penguin Random House, and launched at the prestigious Savannah Book Festival in February 2015. Publishers Weekly hailed it as "Almost surreal, lyrical....Riveting and raw," Library Journal' recommended it "for readers who like the raw, honest writing of Amy Bloom or Amanda Coplin," Amazon named it a "Best Book" for March, Random House Australia named it a "Book of the Month" for April, and Entertainment Weekly named it one of 2015's "10 Best Summer Thrillers." Diane and her husband moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 2016 and she is now at work on her third novel, set in the same southern Appalachian mountains as In Wilderness.