Diane Slocum began writing freelance articles on a regular basis 11 years ago. She has contributed to Lifestyle since 2007, writing the “Word Play” column and “Literary Arts” feature. Since 2009, she has been interviewing debut novelists and other writers for Authorlink. She lives north of Clovis on five acres with her husband, younger son, 12 chickens, five cows, five cats and two dogs. Besides reading, writing and caring for animals, she enjoys camping, hiking and pretty much everything her church does, including taking a mission trip to Haiti this year.