Dianne Jacob was born in Vancouver, Canada, the first-generation daughter of Iraqi Jews from Shanghai. Her dad, an amateur poet and songwriter, gave her writing assignments from a tender age. One of her first poems was about a frog with gastro-intestinal distress.
In her 20s Dianne graduated from journalism school and became a newspaper reporter and editor. She later moved to the US to work on two international magazines and a city magazine as a top editor. While in journalism school a second time, she interned at Playgirl magazine, where she reviewed incoming slides of naked men and designed surveys about reader satisfaction.
Her last full-time position was as editor-in-chief of Books That Work, a pre-internet publisher of CDs containing multimedia book content and interactive software. One of the books she worked on won a Literary Marketplace Award for Technical Innovation.
Since 1996 Dianne has been an author, writing coach, freelance writer, freelance editor, and teacher. Her first book, Will Write for Food, won the 2005 international Cordon D'Or Award for Literary Culinary Reference. She started a blog on food writing in 2009, also called Will Write for Food. For more information, see her website at http://www.diannej.com.