Diann Shaddox is a Native American Indian and a member of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. She’s an author, book-lover, wife, mother, and has Essential Tremor. She loves fairytales, magical creatures, kids, and dogs.
Diann was born on December 18th in a small southern town of Nashville, Arkansas, the youngest and only daughter of William and Mary Ann Shaddox. But, fate had stepped in and William, a crop-duster, at the age of 25, died in a plane crash on November 20th, the month before she was born, therefore, Diann was never able to meet her father. Mary Ann, who grew up in Miami, Oklahoma, moved back to Miami after William’s death, where Diann lived until her mother died, when she was only 3 years old. Diann and her brother moved back to Nashville, Arkansas to live with Creath and Cleo Holt, her grandparents. At the age of 10, Diann’s Granddad Holt died of a stroke, leaving her Mamow Holt alone to see to her and her brother.
Diann learned from an early age about death, and how life should not be squandered. Her Mamow Holt, who had lost her right hand in an accident at a factory in Nashville, Arkansas, taught her, you never give up. Mamow Holt never let anything stand in her way. She taught herself to write, cook, and even how to sew and make quilts with only using her left hand, without any prosthetics. Being handicap was a word Mamow Holt never used.
Growing up with Mamow Holt in a small town was wonderful, learning to fish, growing a garden and the most important thing, patience of a grandmother. Stories from the past evolved of family bringing many stories to
life. Sitting out late at night on cool summer evenings, swinging on an old swing staring up at the stars helped Diann’s vivid imagination grow.
As for most people, life moved on quickly for her, graduating from Nashville High School, a real Scrapper, college, marrying her sweetheart Randy, having children, letting her dreams of so many characters stay in her head.
One night in 2006, she sat down in a recliner holding onto a tablet and pen, in her family room in Leander, Texas and began to write Legend of the Diaries. Diann didn’t stop writing and stories after stories evolved. In 2010 on December 18th, in Aiken, South Carolina, she sat in her office and A Faded Cottage was born, from anger.
Life had changed for Diann when she was in her early twenties her hands had begun to shake. No one, not even doctors could figure out what was happening to her and they, the doctors, believe she was nervous, and just needed to calm down. One day, standing at the post office window in Louisville, Kentucky changed her world. A simple form containing her name and address, she wasn’t able to fill out. That one day she had to find her answers. A neurologist finally made the discovery Diann had Essential Tremors. ET is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk. It’s often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia. From that day on, she dealt with ET just as her Mamow Holt
had taught her, never letting it stop her. But, on her birthday that December18th, 2010 her hands were shaking uncontrollably. That year she had many people questioning, staring at her and thinking as most people, she was nervous or maybe just weird. Being out in public was difficult, the stares were tough, and again the simple feat of filling out forms was devastating to her.
Thus, Quaid Witherspoon, a famous artist, came to life, a man who had everything or so he thought, but now his hands had deserted him and his life of painting great masterpieces had ceased, becoming a bitter man. The story of Quaid Witherspoon, A Faded Cottage, flowed bringing about an incredible love story, one about strength of mind to fight fate and never accept what life throws at you.
Now, Diann hopes the word will spread about ET and even though the stares will forever be, she won’t give up. May the power of many voices bring peace to all.
Bringing new books to life, she hopes will continue for years to come. Diann knows her own book of life has new pages being added each day and it’s up to each of us of what our Lifebooks will contain.
She has an enthusiasm for travel and living life to its fullest. You have only one life and shouldn’t waste it.
The zest for meeting and getting to know people is a very important component in her life. She is a believer of herbs, natural and organic foods, and a big supporter of Bio-identical Hormones and keeping our planet green.
Diann has lived in eight great states, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, and Florida. South Carolina is now her home with her husband, Randy, her greatest supporter.
Escaping to worlds unknown in a book is exhilarating and she hopes her ideas and dreams are inexhaustible with many years of writing. Diann
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