Diann Floyd Boehm is a former classroom teacher and an award-winning international author. Diann writes children’s books and young adult historical fiction books., Diann’s books are designed to inspire her readers to be kind, love themselves, and “Embrace Imagination.” You can find all her books on Amazon.
Diann’s Story Garden YouTube Channel allows children to hear different children’s authors read their stories and Diann’s own stories.
Diann does speaking engagements, book signings as well as author visitations. Her creative flair encompasses the performing arts and performing in musical theatre productions in Dubai produced by Popular Productions out of the UK. In addition,
Diann enjoys making guest appearances on various live streaming shows. Diann is the cohost with Dr. Jacalyn on her USA Global TV and Radio™®. Additionally, Diann continues to be involved in various humanitarian projects with multiple organizations.
You are a well-known children’s author that inspires readers to be kind, love themselves, and embrace imagination. Tell us about your book, Song of peace.
Song of Peace
I came up with the idea of this book – I thought wouldn’t it be wonderful if people around the world would say or sing peace over and over and put it out in the universe that maybe just maybe, for a moment, we could have everyone stop fighting and enjoy the blessings around them.
How did you come up with the ideas and magic for the Little Girl in the Moon series?
I have always loved the moon, and the moon would shine through my bedroom window when I was growing up. So, I would move my little twin bed by the window and stare at the moon and dream of traveling around the world spreading happiness. My husband and I lived in Dubai, and we had an apartment with a fantastic Gulf view. So one evening, I was sitting on the balcony looking at the moon, and my imagination began going into overtime, and before I knew it “The Little Girl In The Moon” was born.
And I thought how wonderful it was to have a little girl on the moon wishing she could know the earthling children. The book was born.
How much fun was it working with your daughter Katherine on this series?
It is an incredible feeling when you look at your daughter all grown up and remember when we used to color, paint, or sing together. I never imagined we would be doing a book together one day. She is a professor at SCAD University in Atlanta, Georgia, and is very multi-talented. To work with her is a blessing. I am bursting with pride when I get to say, “My daughter is the illustrator of the book.”
Tell us about your book, Harry the Camel, inspired by your time in Dubai.
Dubai is a beautiful place to live. Camels play an essential role in the Emirati heritage, and I was fortunate to ride camels there. I wanted to give back to Dubai for my incredible experience, and it took a while to have the inspiration for the book to come to me. I wanted to be different than other camel books in the UAE. Finally, during my last year there, the inspiration came, and Harry the Camel was born. I co-illustrated the book with my artist friend Yoshita M. Ahmed.
What do you want the world to know about the people of Dubai and the culture?
The Emiratis are beautiful people who have a love for their family and culture.
Tell us about your “Meet the Author” Appearances and Workshops.
I enjoy making in-person appearances and workshops.
I design each of my presentations and workshops based on the purpose of the event or workshop purpose. I want everyone to go home inspired, knowing it was time well spent.
Make a Picture Book
It is designed for young children first through 4th grade. The children discover the power of storytelling and how it gives them the words for a written story. The children first draw a picture, then share their picture with the class and tell the story behind the drawing.
With the parent’s permission, the teacher or I record the child telling the story.
The child listens to what he or she said, and they become excited that they are storytellers and now have a story in words not just pictures. It is a powerful experience for them.
You are also a young adult historical fiction author. What are you working on?
My first young adult historical fiction is Rise a Girl’s Struggle for More. It is based on my grandmother’s young life, and the purpose is to inspire others to pursue their dreams. I am now working on the follow-up to the book with the title to be determined. I am excited about the next book and bringing to life the history of Chicago in the mid- to late 1920s.