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Diana Grillo

A Firebird-Award Winning Author

Diana M. Grillo grew up in a struggling Italian immigrant family while living in a wealthy Westchester
County, New York suburb. The neighborhood's substantial wealth and social status starkly contrasted with her family's, making Diana feel like she never quite belonged. She became a mother at a very young age and worked her way through college while raising a son and daughter.
After graduating with a B.S., Diana worked as a paralegal and social worker.


Now retired, Diana currentlylives in Cave Creek, Arizona, with her husband, where she has taken up writing short stories and, most recently, playwrighting.  Her short story collection, An Accidental Murder and Other Stories, was honored with the 2021 Firebird BookAward  and is available on  and the Barnes & Noble website. Diana's Speak Up talk radio interview can be found on her website and authors series.

Diana is a member of the Arizona Authors Association, and an Artistic member of the Theatre Artists Studio, Scottsdale, AZ. She has recently completed an adaptation of her short story An Accidental Murder into a stage play. 

Diana Grillo

  • Author, Playwright

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