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My short story collection, On Traigh Lar Beach, now available in bookstores, on Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Barnes and Noble.com and wherever books are sold.

Order here: On Traigh Lar Beach: Stories: Ebertt Beeaff, Dianne: 9781631527715: Amazon.com: Books

“Erica Winchat, a young writer overwhelmed by the stress of her first book contract, discovers thirteen curious items tangled in the flotsam on the Scottish beach of Traigh Lar. Inspired by the objects, she tells the intriguing story of the owner of each one, uncovering a series of dramatic events — from a Chicago widow’s inspiring visit to Quebec City to a shrimper’s daughter facing Tropical Storm Ruby in North Carolina.

The thirteenth item, a concert laminate badge, inspires Erica’s novella, Fan Girls, in which the separate stories of four fans of the Scottish rock band Datha unfold in first person, culminating in their reunion at a concert in Chicago — a show where a shooting takes place.”

BookView book review and Author Q&A – On Traigh Lar Beach:

On Traigh Lar Beach: Stories by Dianne Ebertt Beeaff – BookView Review

BookView Interview with Author Dianne Ebertt Beeaff – BookView Review

NEW REVIEW FOR ON TRAIGH LAR BEACH from Story Circle:   https://www.storycircle.org/book_review/on-traigh-lar-beach/

THREE MORE industry awards for my memoir, A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After! First Place Letters, Journals, Diaries with the 2020 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards; Winner in the General Non-Fiction Category with the 2020 Paris Book Festival; and Honorable Mention in the General Non-Fiction Category with the 2020 New York Book Festival!

One of the Instagram reviews of On Traigh Lar Beach. This one from Mollie Wright:

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Happy Pub day to @diannebeeaff on her new book, On Tràigh Lar Beach! Thank you to Kaitlyn Kennedy with @smithpublicity for sending me this book full of wonderful stories! I really enjoyed it! How many times do we walk along a beach & see miscellaneous items washed ashore-with this novel, we read a story about each of these random objects-with a much deeper meaning. Uniquely written with each character (chapter) being part of a name of a wildflower that grows on the machair of Tràigh Lar in Scotland. 📝 Erica Winchat, a young writer overwhelmed by the stress of her first book contract, discovers thirteen curious items tangled in the flotsam on the Scottish beach of Traigh Lar. Inspired by objects, she tells the intriguing story of the owner of each one, uncovering a series of dramatic events-from a Chicago widow’s inspiring visit to Quebec City to a shrimper’s daughter facing Tropical Storm Ruby in North Carolina. The thirteenth item, a concert laminate badge, gives rise to a novella Erica calls Fun Girls, in which the separate stories of four fans of the Scottish rock band Datha unfold in first person, culminating in their reunion at a concert in Chicago-a show where a shooting takes place. (cover) 📝 Not only is each story creatively interesting, but you also finish each with a lot to ponder. I loved how the thirteenth item turned into a novella that was full of twists that I never saw coming-I didn’t want Fan Girls to end. On Tràigh Lar Beach is refreshing & full of mystique to pique every reader’s interest! 📝 #ontraighlarbeach #dianneeberttbeaff #fictionbooks #machair #isleofharris #washedashore #shortstories #novella #shewritespress #keepreading #fallreading #pubday #tbr #booksbooksbooks #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #octoberreads #bookclubbook

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My award winning memoir, A Grand Madness U2 Twenty Years After, is available in Bookstores and in hard copy or e-book at Amazon.com. Order here

Another review for A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After from Writer’s Digest.

“The book starts off with a swirl of fabulous energy. Reader is familiar with U2, so there is no need to build a foundation and background. If we have any assumptions about each band member, the author allows us to keep them … for now, until she reveals more. It’s a smart way to keep the reader connected. Author isn’t teaching the audience about the band, complete with long lists of tours and albums. We’ve just stepped into her world for the experience. Excellent story crafting, and an effective pace to allow sections to build. Well done. Fabulous humanity in the band’s connections, and the ideal balanced energy with humor such as the author’s daughter saying that Bono’s mirror ball outfit makes him look like a baked potato. It’s this duality of energies and relatable moments that breathes life into this story. Watch out for typos, such as misspellings of names (Anthony ‘Kedis’ on page 106, for instance). Some gorgeous sensory moments throughout (“the thunderclap of Larry’s drums” that can be heard and felt). Author displays a great instinct to weave in sensory details of scenes and interactions, so that the focus is on our presence in the scene and not always jaw-dropping, shock value scenes. Well done. Dialogue shows a lot of effort on the author’s behalf. Characters’ voices are smartly differentiated, accents are present in authenticity, characters each speak with their own particular energy levels and sentence structure. We’re reading about events that really happened, and we can feel it. Well done. Author only inserts herself in the stories occasionally, sidestepping one of the most common errors in life stories. The ego, then, is dialed down so that the shine may be where it’s most illuminating. Author knows her stuff, with stellar access and attention to detail, from setlists to song symbolism. This book checks all the boxes for a music fan, whether on or off tour, and makes that insider fantasy come true. Nice work.”

~ Judge, 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards.

A new review for A Grand Madness from Indiereader.com:

A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After is a compelling memoir from one fan’s perspective following the iconic rock group U2. With encyclopedic knowledge of the band mixed with her own personal experiences, author Dianne Ebertt Beeaff paints a rock ‘n’ roll portrait of fandom, fame and creativity that anyone who has ever gone on a wild adventure chasing the music they love will enjoy.”

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A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After has won another industry award! Winner in the Music category with the 2020 National Indie Excellence Awards!

A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After has been awarded Second Place in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2020 At Large Communications Contest!

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Another award for A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Years After! This one from the New Mexico Book Association‘s Southwest Book Design and Production Awards. Finalist in Memoirs!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Norm Goldman of Book Pleasures, regarding both my writing career and the new U2 book. If you have time, have a look!

Interview with Book Pleasures

Here also – a Q&A conducted by writer Debbi Voisey, from the blog My Way by Moonlight:

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Brian Boyd, music and entertainment contributor to The Irish  Times and author of U2 Experience had these fine words to say about the new U2 book:

“Some twenty years ago, Dianne Beeaff sat down to write a spectacularly detailed and thrillingly absorbing account of music fandom.

It asked a hard question: What possesses a woman of otherwise sound mind to spend ten years of her life following a rock band around the world and detailing everything that happens to her in such lyrically forensic detail?

In A Grand Madness: Ten Years on the Road with U2, Beeaff went toe-to-toe with Bono,The Edge, Adam and Larry on their Joshua Tree, Zoo TV and Popmart tours.

The result was a diary/memoir/travelogue that went well beyond the music. Her powers of analysis and insight into not just U2, but into music and fandom became sharpened with each new journey taken.

Now in A Grand Madness, U2 Twenty Year After, she is once more unto the breach beginning with the Elevation tour and again going one step beyond in her attempt to locate herself and the reader in the faraway but so close world of U2’s music.

From airport terminals to street corners, you can almost taste and touch everything here as Beeaff shadows the band, providing us a rich, nuanced commentary that has the knowledge of an Insider but the perspective of an Outsider.

Even if you know noting about the band and think U2 is the name of the spy plane piloted by Gary Powers, this new book will read as a magical mystery tour into the meaning of music and those in thrall to it.

As Beeaff documents her own world tour, she accesses all areas of U2’s life. This is information here I doubt even the members of the band know themselves.

As I turned these pages, I heard Bono singing words that best sum up the author’s tenacity and sense of purpose:

“When I get to the bottom

I go back to the top of the slide

Where I stop and I turn

And I go for a ride

Till I get to the bottom

And I see you again . . .”

Here’s what you’ll also find on my site: 

Details about all my published books including past on-line and radio interviews, Q&As, and other various activities, publicity and professional developments.

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A collection of poetry, Homecoming (1998) illustrated with eleven of my graphite drawings.

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The best-selling memoir, A Grand Madness, Ten Years on the Road with U2 (2000), a reprint (2020) of which is also available at Amazon.com, both in hard copy and e-book.

My award-winning historical fiction novel Power’s Garden (2009).

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The non-fiction book Spirit Stones, Unraveling the Megalithic Mysteries of Western Europe’s Prehistoric Monuments (2011).

Art Work:

Please see the gallery of my graphite drawings. ** All items are available as note-cards. Please contact me for details. **

Commissions:

I do small-scale graphite commissions. 

Blog:

I will be posting work-related details of book-signings and other professional events, notices and developments. The blog is also dedicated to exceptional creative writing that crosses my path, both prose and poetry. There is just so much extraordinary writing out there, much of which never gets the attention it deserves. I also post an inspirational quote for fellow writers on the first of every month. 

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