Photo of Diane ChamberlainDiane Chamberlain is the author of 24 bestselling novels, many of which are set in North Carolina. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Broken String, and this year’s Festival Read Pretending to Dance. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of drama, mystery, secrets and intrigue. She lives with photographer John Pagliuca in North Raleigh where she’s at work on her 25th novel.