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Dian Curtis Regan is the author of forty books for young readers, ranging from picture books to young adult novels. Sales of her books exceed one million.

In 1993, she was named "Member of the Year" by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and last year was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame.

New books include Princess Nevermore. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called it: "Suspenseful, poignant, and enthralling. A real page turner that will leave readers' heartstrings quivering delightedly."

More typical of Dian Curtis Regan's output, and more akin to the Ghost Twins series published in the UK, is her 'Monster of the Month Club' Quartet, featuring Rilla Harmony Earth, a home-schooler who lives in a bed and breakfast establishment. Booklist called Monsters in Cyberspace, book three in the series, a "quirky, coming-of- age story that is often funny, sometimes sad, and always on target when describing the behaviour of young teens." Kirkus Review said: "The author has a talent for letting a bit of magic create chaos in everyday life." The final book, Monsters and My One True Love, is due for US release in Spring '98.

Ghost Twins is an eight-book mystery series for readers aged 7-10. The first four titles are published in the UK by Scholastic. Publishers Weekly called the books "A promising series that appeals to boys and girls alike, with humorous details, spry dialogue, and characters that are, well, spirited." The series is also published in France and Finland.

Mommies and Daddies are companion picture books. Both titles have been selections of the Children's Book of the Month Club.

Other recent work includes: New Year, New Love, a young adult anthology featuring Regan's story, "Be More Daring"; Dear Dr. Sillybear; and Fangs-giving, a spooky holiday tale.

A native of Colorado Springs, Regan graduated with honors from the University of Colorado in Boulder and was a schoolteacher in Denver before becoming a full-time author.

She presently lives in Edmond, Oklahoma and writes from an office in her home where she is kept company by 80 walruses and Poco, a cat she describes as "ornery".