I'm Diane Bradley. A Story Spinner. Children's Author. Happy Dog Servant.
Book Lover and will look for any excuse to
go fishing or kayaking.
Did someone say, "Boat ride?"
Chief editor, Gaia, the beagle
My Books and other publications
The Dock Boy of Rainy Lake
Cricket Magazine 2019
Fourteen-year-old Will Bradley drives his boat five miles daily to work at Rainy Lake Houseboats.
Mysterious lights are appearing on Rainy Lake. When Henry, Dylan, Arla, and Rika hear that ghosts are visiting the lake, they laugh it off. But as they kayak back over the route where Arla’s parents disappeared ten years before, they find themselves stranded on an island, haunted by a real ghost, who doesn’t want them to leave . . . ever.
Wilder's Ghost won the 2016 Gold NEMBA for children's literature. Thank you to all my fans for your support.
Henry, Dylan, and Arla land the perfect summer job bringing supplies by boat to the cabins on Rainy Lake. Gold is still waiting to be discovered, but now they can fish and search for the River of Gold mine as they make their rounds. But exploring the islands turns dangerous, someone is hiding a crime, and Henry, Dylan, and Arla can’t run fast enough.Henry, Dylan, and Arla land the perfect summer job bringing supplies by boat to the cabins on Rainy Lake. Gold is still waiting to be discovered, but now they can fish and search for the River of Gold mine as they make their rounds. But exploring the islands turns dangerous, someone is hiding a crime, and Henry, Dylan, and Arla can’t run fast enough.
Wilder's Foe won the Silver NEMBA in 2015.
Henry Wilder is excited to spend the whole summer at the family cabin, Wilder’s Edge. Cousin Dylan’s new scheme to find gold at an old mine sounds good at first, but goes dangerously wrong. An eighty year old mystery on Rainy Lake unfolds enticing Henry, Dylan and their friend, Arla into a hunt that pulls a dangerous game into the present.
Find my editor hard at work.
Away I Go!
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"I said I loved fishing, not that I was good at it."
I wrote my first book at eleven about my horse, Booger's Tarzan. Yes, that was his real name. He was a sly devil. The comic relief of the barn, he would snatch my hat off my head in minus 40 degree weather , then run out the door to snow covered fields, only to drop my hat in a far corner of the pasture and stomp on it until it was buried feet deep under the snow. He was book worthy material.
Freya, Gaia, and Watson taking me for a walk.
Diane Bradley grew up in the northern woods on a farm by Two Harbors, Minnesota. A lot of her childhood was spent fishing, horseback riding, and tromping through the woods. She received degrees from the University of Minnesota and Indiana University South Bend and retired from teaching to write children’s books. Her debut book, Wilder's Edge, North Star Press, was published in June 2013, a mystery adventure on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota. Her characters, Henry and Dylan Wilder, and their friend Arla, are still hunting for gold in Wilder’s Foe, and Wilder’s Ghost. Diane now lives in the woods not so far north in Michiana along with her husband and three rescue dogs, Freya,Watson, and Gaia. She still loves to fish and has added kayaking on Rainy Lake to her list of favorite things.
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