Born in London and brought up in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, reading and writing have always been my passions. My parents gave me a typewriter for my birthday when I was about twelve to write my stories on, and I have been able to type two-handed and at speed ever since.

My debut historical novel, IN A TREACHEROUS COURT, was released with Gallery Books on August 2nd, 2011. The second book in the series, KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS is scheduled for a April 2012 release. The books are set in the court of Henry VIII and feature the real historical figures of artist Susanna Horenbout and Henry’s Keeper of the Palace of Westminster, John Parker. A short story, which fits between the two books chronologically, is due out as an ebook in January / February 2012, and is entitled DANGEROUS SANCTUARY.

I currently live on the west coast of Australia with my husband and two children.

When I’m not blogging here at Magical Musings, or writing, you can find me online at Twitter and Facebook.


IN A TREACHEROUS COURT by Michelle Diener (Gallery Books, 2nd August 2011)

Henry VIII’s most lethal courtier and his newly appointed artist become the only thing keeping him on the throne – and if they survive, neither will ever be the same.

John Parker is one of Henry VIII most useful courtiers — utterly merciless and completely loyal. But one small favour for his King will pull Parker into a deadly plot against the throne, one that will test his courage, his resolve, and most especially, his heart.

A commission from Henry VIII should have been the crowning achievement of Susanna Horenbout’s career, but before the beautiful and talented artist even sets foot in England, she finds herself in possession of a secret that could change its history. With Parker as her only protection against killers who will stop at nothing to silence her, Susanna has to trust the dangerous, enigmatic courtier. She’s used to fighting in a man’s world, but she never expected to be fighting for her life.

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