Diane Lessnau: After writing books in her private journals for some twenty years, this mother of four and grandmother of nine decided it was time to share them. This new chapter in her life is driven by her vision that books can motivate youth to view the world in a peaceful way, with more kindness toward others and animals that have no voice, and to achieve more than they ever imagined. All children should be able to dream and share those dreams, she believes. And books can help build their self-esteem and help them make choices in life that reflect who they are.
Diane lives in Denver with her husband. During successful careers in business, they were active in raising funds for organizations that work with kids facing serious illness and advocate for children’s safety and welfare. Diane enjoys walking, gardening, bible study and meditating. It helps keep her centered, she says.
About the Illustrator:
Nicholas A. Gotelaere was born in 1971 in Duluth, Minnesota. He moved from Superior, Wisconsin to Denver, Colorado in 1983 and still resides there today. He has authored and illustrated three previous books: Snakes Wear Hats And…, Where Do Spiders Go At Night?, and his latest, Frida With Funbun in Space. Available at www.fkpress.com. Now he is teaming up with Diane to illustrate her first book, Starry, Starry Night.