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Diana Pharaoh Francis — author of Horngate Witches series and Diamond City Magic series

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis

Diana Pharaoh Francis — Author 

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About the Author Edit

I was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern California (outside a town called Lincoln which is now part of an enormous sprawl). I taught myself to ride a horse at the age of six, as no one had the time to teach me—they were all busy learning how to irrigate, how to cajole an angry bull into another field, how to pull a calf… Afraid of heights, and absolutely sure I was going to die, I managed to scramble up on the back of a very patient and lazy strawberry roan destrier, and plod off into the sunset.

Thereafter, I spent much of my early life on horseback, or so far buried into a book that the rest of the world ceased to exist (much to the annoyance of my family—it took several attempts to get my attention). We all had very specific jobs on the ranch and mine was horses and cattle—out rounding up at dawn. And since I rode bareback, my standing request was to wake me up 5 minutes before everyone else headed for the barn—time enough to dress and eat my Wheaties, and no sleep time wasted on saddling.

After high school, I attended college after college, racking up a BA and MA in creative writing and a Ph.D. in literature and theory. My very patient and supportive husband traipsed across the Midwest and back to Montana for me (though my husband insists that he’s been running and hiding and I just keep finding him), where I taught for fourteen years at the University of Montana-Western, gaining tenure and becoming a full professor. While there, we mixed genes and had a son Q-ball, who in our humbly unbiased opinions, is the most wonderful son ever produced, and a daughter, Princess Caesar, who is the most wonderful daughter ever produced. We currently live in Oregon where the winters are much warmer and much more green and growing things is a lot easier.

I have a fascination for the Victorians, weather, geology, horses, plants and mythology, I like spicy food, chocolate and cheesecake, and I have an odd and morbid sense of humor. (Or so I’ve been told. Often.) Incidentally, the Pharaoh is in fact my real name, and oddly enough, is of British origin.

Some of my current favorite sf/f writers are Ilona Andrews, Carol Berg, C.E. Murphy, Patty Briggs, Lynn Flewelling, Rachel Caine, David Coe, and Anne Bishop.


  • Urban Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Paranormal Mystery

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Series Edit

Series Title Genre Supernatural Elements
Horngate Witches series UF Uncanny, Divine: Shadowblades, witches, mages, oni, angels, faeries, banshee, chimeras, lamia, kelpies, warriors,
Diamond City Magic series Rom-UF NEW - magical tracer, supe mob,

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Genre Key: ‘’’UF’’’=Urban Fantasy, ‘’’Rom-UF’’’=Romantic Urban Fantasy, ‘’’PNR’’’=Paranormal Romance, ‘’’Noir-UF’’’=Noir Urban Fantasy, 

Other WritingsEdit


  • none yet


Cover Artists & Contributors Edit

Chad Michael Ward — Cover art for the Horngate Witches series.

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