Thank you for checking out my news and events page.  Enjoy the news and see you at the events!



Thank you for checking out my news and events page.  Enjoy the news and see you at the events!

8/19 & 8/20 Florida Kids & Family Expo

Author Visit 4/17 - Champion Elementary School

Thanks kids for the art!  I love them!

Beauty and Beast on horseback
Margreet in front of the Beast House
Townspeople laughing at Margreet.

Peas Let Her be a Princess was featured in the 2017 Spring Production of the Book Busters presented by

Margaret jumping
to the window sill

11/21/16 Storytime at Bookmark it at The Lovely

10/22/16 FAME Author Perspective Panel

Christina Farley, James Ponti,
Claire Latrell-Stephens, Kimberly Britt, Diane E. Keyes

10/15/16 Maitland Public Library's Annual Storybook Tea

Lots of fun reading Peas let her be a Princess and other fairy tales to loads of young knights and princesses!

8/10/16 OCPS Media Specialist Back to School

Resource Event

Lots of fun meeting new authors and media specialists &  
hanging with Kim from Bookmark It.  Thanks Jimmy for the mad selfie skills!

Jimmy Vee, Kim Britt, Me!

6/18/16 Adventures in Christian Writing Club


I had a great time speaking with the lovely men and women of this club!  They provided graet food and conversation and really know how to make a speaker feel at home.

 4.23.16 Audubon Park Garden District’s Sixth Annual Kidsfest

noon to 4pm

Story time with Diane E. Keyes from 2-3pm 

East End Market, 3201 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803

4.2.2016 Author's Book Fair

3.1.2016 Florida Library Association Conference - Author Tables

My new friends!
Olivia deBelle Byrd.
Author of Save My Place & Miss Hildreth Wears Brown
 Corrinne Callins. 
Author of A Day in the Life of a Shoe

3.1.2016 Deltona Regional Library Talk & Signing

1.18.2016 Pulisher's Weekly Review

1.15.2016 SCBWI Regional Miami Conference

12.15.15 Publisher's Weekly Review!!!


Locally Grown Words Book Fair

East End Market, 3201 Corrine Dr, Ste 109, Orlando, Florida 32803

11.23.15  Recommended by Publisher's Weekly Magazine

11.20.15  MOPS (Discovery Church East Campus) fundraiser


This will be fun!!! I am visiting the Mothers of Preschoolers group in Orlando.  MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers.  I will provide a storytime for the preschoolers and there will be a book signing.  MOPS members will also have the opprotunity to donate to The Literacy Alliance.

10.29.15  NaNoWriMo Launch Event - North (Sanford) library


North (Sanford) Branch of the Seminole County Public Library.  Thursday, 10/28/15 from 6-7pm.  Come chat about writing and publishing that book you've always wanted to write and publish and sell!

10.20.15  NaNoWriMo Launch Event - East (Oviedo) library


East (Oviedo) Branch of the Seminole County Public Library.  Tuesday, 10/20/15 from 6-7pm.  Come chat about writing and publishing that book you've always wanted to write and publish and sell! Illustrator Hannah Mericle will be present to talk about her art!


10.15.15  Article on  


ENTER TO WIN! Signed copy of Peas Let her be a Princess!!

October 15, 2015

by local Librarian Diane E. Keyes!

By: Karen Koestner


Diane E. Keyes

'Peas' check out this wonderful new children's book written by local Oviedo Librarian Diane E. Keyes. This is my new FAVORITE children's book, my Little Macs and I giggled with delight throughout the entire book.  Even the back cover is hilarious!

This book has a fresh contemporary twist on the classic tale of The Princess and the Pea.  It is an incredibly well written rhyming story that will have both parent and child grinning from ear to ear!  It tells the story of a Prince in love with a fair maiden and he is determined to find out if she is a true princess.  Aided by his brave Knight and an extremely helpful mouse the Princes goes through great lengths to administer the ultimate Princess test. Will the Maiden sleep with a pea under her mattress? How about some cheese, or a cake or even a melon?!? Will the Prince be able to marry his true love?!  Run don't walk to get a copy of this book to find out!  I promise you will not be disappointed.  

Also don't miss the chance to meet the author at one of two local library events.  Ms. Keyes also runs a Central Florida non-profit organization by the name of The Literacy Alliance.  She is hosting events at the Oviedo Library and the Sanford Library.  At these events she will guide you through the process of writing a book and getting it published.  These events will kick off National Novel Writing Month.  You can also purchase Peas Let Her Be A Princess.  Here are the details

Oviedo Branch ~ Tuesday October 20th 6pm-7pm

Sanford Branch ~ Thursday October 29th 6pm-7pm

Lets show Diane our Macaroni "LIKE" HERE for her Facebook page.  

I am thrilled to announce one lucky winner will win a signed copy of this wonderful new book!  Good luck Mac Friends!

9.12.15  PEO monthly meeting

Met with PEO ladies in Longwood this morning. We talked about the Literacy Alliance, reading aloud to children, a love of reading and read my book. The lovely ladies were great and bought 8 books!  Thanks gals!  A special thank you to Alice Rossum for her invitation. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women CELEBRATE the advancement of women; EDUCATE women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and MOTIVATE women to achieve their highest aspirations.

7.18.15  Book Launch Party, East (Oviedo) library

Over 60 people gathered to celebrate the launching of Peas let her be a Princess.  Diane E. Keyes (author) and Hannah Mericle (illustrator) spoke on the writing and illustrating process.  Pea snacks were eaten and fun coloring sheets were handed out.  A full cast of Diane's family read the book to the large crowd while the book were shown on an overhead projector.

Diane and Hannah

Diane and Hannah 

with Brian Demeter

Diane with friends Karen and Patty