“Every story ever told is a family story”, and this is how Diane’s books came to be. Her recent book “Mary of The Mayflower” was inspired by her ancestors who made the treacherous journey on the Mayflower, including brave Mary Chilton – first woman to set foot on to Plymouth Rock. Diane, an active life member of the Mayflower Society, wrote this book as a reminder to cherish our freedoms of beloved America.
Her first book “A Big Family Reunion with Sarah Lucy” was written after a family reunion, where cousins gathered. Adventures and excitement unfold in the magic of wooded forests, rivers and mountains. The upcoming digital book series “Creative Brush Strokes” will feature her oil paintings, watercolors, and sketches.
Diane has the talent to capture an image with a brush or pen, creating a fresh response in oil or watercolor. She explores rich colors, textures with subtleties of form and reflections.
Intuitive, fresh and appealing, her works range from the casual indifference of chickens and roosters, to a seashore, an intimate still-life, or even folds of textiles to elaborate intricacies of lace.
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Albert Mugleston, an immigrant from England, and Southern California Plein Air artist, Diane’s paintings have been exhibited throughout the world.
Mary of the Mayflower
For thirteen-year-old Mary Chilton, every day is filled with adventure. She is surrounded by friends and family, and her windmill house feels like a castle to her. But Mary can’t forget that her family was forced to leave their last home because of their religion, and even in Holland, things are looking dangerous again.
Mary’s world is changed forever when her father announces that they will join the Pilgrims traveling to the New World in search of more freedom and a better life. She must leave her older sisters and friends, and even give up her cat. With only the clothes on her back and her grandmother’s locket, Mary joins her parents aboard the Mayflower and starts the dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
Mary faces deadly storms, cruel bullies, cold, starvation, and illness. With the help of some new friends and a special message on her grandmother’s locket, Mary discovers she is stronger and braver than she ever knew. But when the unthinkable happens, will Mary find the courage to make her dreams of a new home come true?
"Great read and very interesting! Great for all ages. True story that dives into what people went through as far as hardships and joys coming over on the Mayflower."− Matthew Robertson
"We all know how the Pilgrims came across the Atlantic on the Mayflower to find religious freedom in the New World, but we have never experienced the trip like this.... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fictional account of the historic journey and recommend it for young and old alike."− Kathleen S. Coss
"I really liked this book. I am not a teenager by a long shot, but I love history. Diane Stone has done a masterful job of explaining the Mayflower journey and the Plymouth venture through the eyes of a real Pilgrim teenager... It is this authentic sense of connection with history, and explanation of so many details, which makes the book excellent. A great book!"− Nehemiah Moore
"... As a credentialed school teacher who minored in history, I was amazed at the new things I learned from reading Mary of the Mayflower."− Marilyn Heiner
"This well researched/written story takes the reader along with Mary Chilton and her family as they make perilous, consequential decisions and journeys.... We have read this book with our children ~ it is a good read for all ages ~ an open window to a chapter in the history of America!"− Jennifer S. McKay