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Kimberly Diede

Kimberly Diede’s first novel, Whispering Pines, was inspired by her real-life “Aunt Celia,” Mary K. Nierling. Aunt Mary was a generous, extraordinary, slightly formidable woman who excelled in a “man’s world” in the mid-1900s. The Celia’s Gifts series is Kimberly’s way of honoring her great-aunt and the legacy she left behind. An avid life-long reader, Kimberly would occasionally read until the sun rose, before adult responsibilities made the habit unsustainable. Her love of reading has evolved into a love of writing as a creative outlet from the demands of thirty years in corporate America. She is currently at work on future novels in her Celia’s Gifts series. Kimberly lives in North Dakota with her family and spends as much time as possible at the lake in the summertime. You can visit her website at