Diana Y. Paul
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""A Royal Affair" centers on a delicate balancing act involving the young mad King Christian VII (an astonishing Følsgaard), the royal physician Struensee (Mikkelsen) and the young beautiful, highly educated Queen Caroline Mathilda…"
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"Loving opens as a tender romance between Richard Loving a white construction worker and tinkerer in car mechanics (the relative newcomer Joel Edgerton, a Golden Globe nominee), and a shy black and American Indian woman named Mildred (Academy…"
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"I don’t know about you, but this past Year of the Monkey was exhausting with its promises of unpredictability and turmoil! The craziest year in the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the (hyperactive) Monkey officially ends January 27th. Now the New…"
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"Looking for something different to watch?  The third season of “Black Mirror” deftly picks up where Netflix left us at the end of season two (see my December 29, 2014 review of previous seasons)…"
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"Love the description of the inner turmoil in deciding which of a number of possible stories you decided to write about and keep company with for as long as a year (or more)!  Good going, Jenni--can hardly wait to read your next novel!"
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Who I am:
Diana Y. Paul was born in Akron, Ohio and has a Ph.D. inBuddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a B.A. in both psychology and philosophy from Northwestern University. Diana is a former Stanford professor in Buddhism with a focus on the role of women.

Things Unsaid is an award-winning novel: a 2016 USA Best Book Awards Finalist in two categories (Best New Fiction and Best Literary Fiction), 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards Winner for Best New Adult Fiction, Readers Favorite Silver Award Winner for Best Drama and has been listed as #2 on Brit.co's "14 Books about Families Crazier than Yours".

“With a grace that is absorbing and deft, Paul tackles many difficult questions, including filial responsibility, depression, marital strife, and sexual identity. …The author depicts heart-wrenching conundrums as the three siblings are forced repeatedly to evaluate their personal priorities….An engaging tale of family dysfunction and intractable senior citizens.” Kirkus Review

Diana Y. Paul is also the author of three books on Buddhism, one of which has been translated into Japanese and German. Her short stories have appeared in a number of literary journals. She lives in Carmel, CA with her husband and calico cat, Mao. Diana is currently completing a second novel, A Perfect Match, and when not writing creates mixed media art. Her art has been featured in museums and galleries in California, Hawaii, and Japan. Visit her blog on movies and art at: www.unhealedwound.com and her author website at: www.dianaypaul.com. Twitter: @DianaPaul10
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
www.unhealedwound.com (blog)
www.dianaypaul.com (author website)
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
1) Books: Things Unsaid: A Novel; A Perfect Match (pending)
2)Books (nonfiction): Women in Buddhism, University of California Press;
Philosophy of Mind in Sixth Century China, Stanford University Press.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Shelf Pleasure, San Diego Book Review
My writing is:
Fiction, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
www.memoirs.com; www.unhealedwound.com
Services I offer to other writers:
Guest blogger on restaurants, movies, TV, and art. Occasional essays on the use of the Internet today.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Central Coast Writers, Women's Fiction Writers Association
My professional associations:
Central Coast Writers, Women's Fiction Writers Association, American Association of University Women (AAUW)
I found out about She Writes from:
womensmemoirs.com (Matilda Butler and Kendra Bennett)

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[SWP: Behind the Book] Writers Groups are My Essential Tools

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Writing groups for me break down into the ways I communicate: face-to-face, by telephone and/or email, and social media, the cybersphere.  All provide invaluable support to me as a writer.


1) The "live" group is a once-a-month face-to-face writers association, Central Coast Writers…


[SWP: Behind the Book] Mindful Editing and Revising

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 12:30pm 7 Comments

A  term used for a particular stage in  Buddhist meditation practice, Mindfulness is referred to as sati, a  form of remembering, perhaps suggestive of  “memoir” which also derives from “remembering".

In a state of Mindfulness, the meditating individual checks in with herself to just listen and see, in order to reconnect with her mind and feelings, ensconced in the world around her.  A state of active, open…


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At 10:53am on February 11, 2017, J.A. Wright said…

Thanks for this. 

At 4:49pm on November 9, 2016, Maureen Murdock said…

Thanks, Diana, for reading the article. I will have to get a copy of your book!


At 10:15pm on August 16, 2015, Katrina Katzenbach said…

Philosophy of mind sounds really interesting. 

At 10:15pm on August 16, 2015, Katrina Katzenbach said…

Thanks for the add, and the kind comments. I look forward to reading your work.

At 3:07pm on March 12, 2015, Leslie Johansen Nack said…

Congrats on your beautiful cover Diana. I can't wait to read your book as well! Best to you!

At 6:32pm on March 10, 2015, Lene Fogelberg said…

Hi Diana, will do! It's a long way from Jakarta but I would love to come to the West Coast. Best wishes for your upcoming book Things Unsaid.

At 12:20pm on March 5, 2015, Novelist Alexandra Ares said…

Thank you. Yes, I put a lot of time and effort into it. 

At 12:11pm on March 5, 2015, Liz Gelb-O'Connor said…
Thanks for the friend request, Diana! I'm glad my comments on Amazon are resonating with you :-)
At 12:21pm on January 22, 2015, Janine M. Pickett said…

Hi Diana,

Your book sounds interesting.  I'm not working on a book at the moment due to writing/editing the online monthly, Indiana Voice Journal. I hope to publish a print anthology soon.  I look forward to reading yours in October. Best of luck to you.

At 7:17am on January 17, 2015, Sandra Todorov said…

Hey Diana, wow the book sounds great, I love intergenerational stories, does it zip back and forth in time or skip ahead in a few linear leaps? My first novel is out this year and I've almost finished the second. One is a romance, the other a literary fiction story about an unlikeable artist who causes trouble in a mafia town. 

Who is your publisher? Mine is Cobblestone.

So happy to have found this site! S



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