Diana R. Bain’s early life was spent in North Devon and it was there that she developed a love for the West Country.
She married and moved to Africa many years ago where she found inspiration in the African people and the magnificence of Africa with its ancient rural lifestyle.
She has a great love for Africa, having lived in Malawi and Mozambique as well as South Africa but part of her heart has always remained on Exmoor in the West Country
After her children were grown she graduated from the University of South Africa with a degree in ancient history and art history. These subjects along with archaeology have always fascinated her.
The magical power of Exmoor and the raw power of Rome were an irresistible combination and so Spin (Escaping the Volcano) was born.
Many of the characters in the book are drawn from Africa. The woodsman is based on the wood cutters she saw in Malawi when she climbed Mount Mulanje and the kilns with their piles of charcoal can be found on the roadside throughout Malawi.
The market scene in Pompeii was partly based on the markets in Mozambique, especially the fish market in Maputo and the street urchins are the children she came to know when she went shopping there.
She now lives in the Western Cape in South Africa, returning to Exmoor for five months every year.