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Diana G. Gallagher (1946-) Biography

Personal, Addresses, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Work in Progress, Sidelights

(Diana G. Burke; Diana Gallagher Burke)

Born 1946, in Paterson, NJ; Education: High school graduate, 1964. Politics: Democrat.

Agent—Ricia Mainhardt, 612 Argyle Rd, L5, Brooklyn, NY 11230.

Writer. Has also worked as instructor in horse riding, artist, and folk singer.

Hugo Award for best fan artist, 1988.

The Alien Dark (novel), TSR, 1990.

(With husband, Martin R. Burke) The Chance Factor (novel; "Star Trek: Voyager" series), Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Invasion (novel; "The Journey of Alan Strange" series), Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Shadows (novel; "Smallville" series), Warner Books (New York, NY), 2003.


Alex, You're Glowing!, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Bet You Can't!, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Witch Hunt, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Mistaken Identity, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Go for the Gold, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Poison in Paradise, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Zappy Holidays, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1996.

Frozen Stiff, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Milady Alex, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1997.

New Year's Revolution, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Canine Caper, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Gold Fever, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1998.

Paradise Lost, Regained, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1998.


Arcade, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1995.

Honor Bound, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1997.


The Tale of the Curious Cat, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1996.

The Tale of the Pulsating Gate, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1998.


Takeout Stakeout, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1997.

Cut and Run, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1998.


Showdown at the Mall, Archway (New York, NY), 1997.

Halloween Havoc, Archway (New York, NY), 1997.

Lotsa Luck, Archway (New York, NY), 1998.

Now You See Her, Now You Don't!, Archway (New York, NY), 1998.

Shamrock Shenanigans, Archway (New York, NY), 1999.

Bridal Bedlam, Archway (New York, NY), 1999.

Reality Check, Archway (New York, NY), 2000.

Wake-Up Call, Archway (New York, NY), 2001.

From the Horse's Mouth, Archway (New York, NY), 2001.


Obsidian Fate, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Prime Evil, Pocket Books (New York, NY), 2000.

Doomsday Deck, Pocket Pulse (New York, NY), 2000.


Dog Day Afternoon, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Worth a Shot, Minstrel Books (New York, NY), 2000.


(Under pseudonym Diana G. Burke) WillYouBeMyValentine?, Parachute Press (New York, NY), 2000.

Substitute Sister, Parachute Press (New York, NY), 2000.

Matchmakers, Parachute Press (New York, NY), 2000.

A Dog's Life, Parachute Press (New York, NY), 2001.


Beware of What You Wish, Pocket Pulse (New York, NY), 2001.

Spirit of the Wolf, Pocket Pulse (New York, NY), 2002.

Dark Vengeance, Pocket Pulse (New York, NY), 2002.

Of Mist and Stone, Pocket Pulse (New York, NY), 2003.


Santa Girls, Parachute Press (New York, NY), 2003.

Prom Princess, Parachute Press (New York, NY), 2004.


Contributor of short story "Tipping Is Not a City in China," to I, Vampire, Longmeadow Press (Stamford, CT), 1995; contributor of "The Interview," to Eight Spells a Week: Sabrina Anthology Novel, 1998, and "The Wizard of OR," to Millennium Madness: Sabrina Anthology Novel, 1999.

More novels tied to television series.

Diana G. Gallagher has two talents. She can devise plots and adventures for popular television characters, and she can craft these into novels on deadline. This ability has earned Gallagher as much work as she can handle writing novels based on such television shows as The Secret World of Alex Mack, Smallville, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. Gallagher broke into publishing with a science fiction novel for adults, The Alien Dark. That book, and her work as a visual artist, helped to establish her in the writing community. Assignments for the television tie-in titles followed, and she enjoys the special challenges of that particular line of work.

"The requirements for writing in someone else's universe are fairly simple," Gallagher said in an interview for the Web site Writers Write. "The writer must know the show: background, episode storylines, characters, etc. It's also imperative to maintain the flavor of the particular series." She added that with tie-in fiction, the production company must approve each novel that presents the characters from a given show. "I've never found this to be a difficulty, just a necessary consideration," Gallagher added.

Gallagher was drawn to fiction writing by her interest in the Star Wars and Star Trek films. She has written Star Trek novels based on both the "Voyager" and the "Deep Space Nine" series, as well as Shadows, a tale based on the Smallville television show about the younger years of Superman. In Shadows, young Clark Kent becomes suspicious when a farmer he knows dies from unexplained causes. Other people begin dying mysteriously as well, and the strange malady seems to affect animals too. Clark and his friend Chloe investigate, but their progress is closely followed by the daughter of a scientist who is new in town and who may have ties to secret experiments. According to Kristine Huntley in Booklist, "The satisfying tale builds to an exciting climax that [Smallville] fans . . . definitely will want to read."

Gallagher told SATA that she lives in Florida with her husband, writer Martin Burke, "five dogs, five cats, and a cranky parrot." She still enjoys attending science fiction conventions, and she once turned her garage into a Halloween bookstore and gave away signed copies of her Halloween titles.

Biographical and Critical Sources


Booklist, September 15, 2003, Kristine Huntley, review of Shadows, p. 217.

Publishers Weekly, November 2, 1990, Penny Kaganoff, review of The Alien Dark, p. 70.


Writers Write: The Internet Writing Journal, http://www.writerswrite.com/journal/ (January, 2000), Jan McDaniel, "Diana G. Gallagher on Media Tie-In Books."

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