Though Diana Gallagher be but little, she is fierce. She’s also a gymnastics coach and judge, former collegiate gymnast, and writing professor. Her work has appeared in The Southampton Review, International Gymnast,The Couch Gymnast, and on a candy cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. She holds an MFA from Stony Brook University.
Diana’s debut novel, LESSONS IN FALLING (Beaufort Books/Spencer Hill Press, February 7, 2017) is a YA Contemporary novel. When 17-year-old Savannah blows out her knee — and a shot a gymnastics scholarship – she’s done with taking chances. Luckily her best friend, Cassie, is enough of a risk-taker for both of them. But when Cassie’s failed suicide attempt reveals the rift in their relationship, Savannah must figure out how to take chances again, with or without the one person she’s always counted on to lead the way.
The literary character she’d most like to meet: I’d love to break bread with Katniss Everdeen.
Her favorite childhood book: I consumed THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB and SWEET VALLEY TWINS/HIGH like they were candy. I was also obsessed with THE CAY, which I would repeatedly check out of the library (to the point where I accidentally had two copies checked out at once).
Her hobbies when she’s not writing/reading: Anything gymnastics-related, running, road trips, going to concerts, yoga, chai.
The craziest thing she did when she was 17: My friends and I thought it would be a great idea to eat Domino’s and then go to track practice right after. Never again.
If she could travel anywhere in the world, she’d go to: Antarctica! (Inspired by Madeleine L’Engle’s TROUBLING A STAR.)
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