Do you know me?


If you don’t appreciate obscenity, profanity, or vulgarity, please stop reading right here.  The Diane Henders you know never uses offensive language.  At all.  Ever.  This is a simple case of mistaken identity.  Don’t read my books.  Don’t read anything else on this site.  There’s nothing to see here anyway.


Oh, and if you’re looking for a Diane Henders who owes you money, that’s not me, either.

What, you’re still reading?  Okay, then. You probably do know me.

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What’s with the weasel words?

If you know me well, you probably read the item above and thought, “WTF?!?”.  Believe it or not, there are quite a few people in the world who’ve never actually heard me utter anything stronger than “crap” or “heck”.

Sometimes I restrain myself because I already know ripe language will upset them, and sometimes I hold back from sheer reflex because I don’t know them well enough to be sure (more on that here).  I’m not really two-faced.  Much.

I prefer to call it “considerate”.

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Don’t you have an “About” page?

Yep.  Here you go.

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Don’t you have a FAQ page for “real” questions?

Yep, got one of those, too:  Right here.

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Are you writing about yourself, you pathetic narcissist?

People frequently ask if my protagonist, Aydan Kelly, is really me.

Yeah, you got me.  My novels are an autobiography of my secret life as a government agent, working with highly-classified computer technology…  Oh, wait, what’s that?  You want the truth?  Um, you do realize fiction authors get paid to lie, don’t you?

…well, shit, that’s not nearly as much fun.  It’s also a long story.

I swore I’d never write fiction.  “Too personal,” I said. “People read novels and automatically assume the author is talking about him/herself.”

Well, apparently I lied about the fiction-writing part.  One day, a story sprang into my head and wouldn’t leave.  The only way to get it out was to write it down.  So I did.

But when I wrote that first book, I never intended to show it to anyone, so I created a character that looked like me just to thumb my nose at the stereotype. I’ve always had a defective sense of humour, and this time it turned around and bit me in the ass.

Because after I’d written the third novel, I realized I actually wanted other people to read my books.  And when I went back to change my main character to not look like me, my beta readers wouldn’t let me. They rose up against me and said, “No! Aydan is a tall woman with long red hair and brown eyes. End of discussion!”

Jeez, no wonder readers get the idea that authors write about themselves.  So no, I’m not Aydan Kelly.  I just look like her.

I’m probably still a pathetic narcissist, though.

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I couldn’t help but notice—and admire!—Aydan’s impressive potty mouth. Where on Earth did you learn those words?

I wish I’d had Aydan’s Uncle Roger to teach me the good stuff, but sadly, I had to learn it all on my own.

Let’s just say I had various unsavory sources.  And I’m a quick study – my mind seems to naturally retain filth.  I can recite three obscene limericks about testicles without a moment’s hesitation, but classic literary poetry?  Yeah, not so much.

I’d say I’m embarrassed to admit that, but you’d know I was lying.

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Do you have a particular number of books in mind for the Never Say Spy series, or are you just going to see how long Aydan will keep talking to you?

I never intended to write a series, but every time I think I’m writing the last book, the next one starts banging at my mental doors.  I really have no idea how many books there are going to be.  I’m having a blast writing them, so I guess I’ll just keep going as long as the voices keep talking.

Everybody has voices in their heads, right?


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Aydan, in her late(ish) forties, is a bit older than many kick-ass heroines. Was it a conscious decision to go with that, or is that just how she came to you?

Definitely a conscious decision.  I was having a major mid-life crisis.  Everywhere I looked, the media message was that if you’re female and pushing 50, you’d better get out the Depends and hope you have children to give meaning to your pathetic existence.

And I thought, “Give me a fucking break!”

I went looking for some fiction featuring kick-ass, sexy 40+ women, and I found… nothing.  Which is preposterous.  Middle age is when we actually have the attitude and confidence to go out and find what we want, and kick ass to get it if necessary.  So I wrote what I wanted to read.

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Are Hellhound and Kane based on people in your real life? If so, can you introduce them to me? *waggles eyebrows*

Oh, don’t I wish?  I won’t say I’ve never encountered guys like them, but Hellhound and Kane aren’t based on anyone currently in my real life.  It’s probably a good thing – it might complicate matters with Hubby…

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Aydan has some *cough* interesting clients in her bookkeeping business. (I’m thinking of a certain “adult toy” shop.) How much research went into your descriptions of the merchandise?

Bawdy Pillows and chocolate-scented leather are mere fig-newtons of my imagination.  But if I ever find a four-foot-tall penis-shaped body pillow with an air bladder in it, I’m gonna buy it just for laughs!

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More questions? Drop ’em in the “What Do You Think?” box at the bottom of the page or click here to email me your question.

33 responses to “Fun FAQ

  1. Zoë

    I am a young teenager, and I found your book great. I read it in 3 hours, and totally loved it. I loved how Kelly goes against most spy stereotypes, that they’re young, in love and have never really seen life. I now have motivation to finnish my homework, as I am allowed to buy the next book when I have. You have given me a reason to work hard. Thank you.


    • Hi Zoë! Wow, the whole book in 3 hours – you must be even more of a speed-reader than I am! ;-) I’m so glad Never Say Spy helped you slog through your homework, and I hope you enjoy The Spy Is Cast when you get to it. Thanks for dropping by – I appreciate your kind words! (And good luck with the homework.)


      • Zoë

        I have just finished the second book. It is half one in the morning and I don’t regret it. Not even in the slightest. I can’t wait to get the next book, as I really want to know what happens next. Your books have now officially topped my last of best books ever. Thank you.


        • Thanks, Zoë, I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I’m so flattered to be on your ‘best books’ list! I hope the rest of the series lives up to your expectations. (And I hope you recover from your late night.) ;-)


          • Zoë

            Don’t worry, I recovered by sleeping till half twelve, then buying and reading the next book. Crickey o blimey, the books just keep geting better!

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  2. I have just read all 9 books in the Spy series…in the last 4 days. You’re killing me. I have no clean dishes, very little clean laundry, and the dust bunnies are taking over! THANK YOU! I can’t wait for book 10!


    • Yikes, that’s brutal! I’d apologize, but it’d be insincere – I’m actually pumped that you enjoyed the series that much. ;-) Thanks for letting me know – that made my day! And good luck in your fight against the dust bunnies.


  3. Lorraine Rock

    I just finished the first book (in one night), and wrote my review on Amazon. (I intend to read the whole series.) BTW I AM a punctuation nut, but I found nothing to bitch about LOL. From one middle aged formerly red-haired Canadian to another, Rock on Babe!


    • Hi Lorraine! Thank you for taking the time to write a review – I really appreciate that. And how cool to ‘meet’ my twin! I’m glad you liked Never Say Spy, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series! :-)


  4. Maia

    I am the same age as the series’ heroine and I totally appreciate you creating her and giving her the chance to kick some ass instead of accepting her undeserved place in the “traditional female middle age folder”. Thank you for that, Diane.


  5. raroxs

    I absolutely love your series and I am going crazy for the next book in the Never Say Spy series to come out! When I found this site and realized I could track the progress of the 7th book I think I hit a new stalker level in my life… it sounds even more stalkerish written out. :) I found the Never Say Spy because I was looking for a book about a girl who could kick butt and after the first few pages I was hooked, not even funny hooked I think I read all the books in three days (shows how much free time I have) ! I love your writing and this series keep writing!


    • LOL! Welcome, Stalker. I’m flattered that you kicked your stalking game up a notch for Never Say Spy! ;-) And wow, all the books in three days – sounds like you devour books as fast as I do.

      I just sent Book 8: Spy Now, Pay Later out for final proofing a few minutes ago, so I’m getting excited about releasing it! I never know how long the proofing will take, but I’m hoping to get it finalized sometime in the next couple of weeks.

      Thanks for coming by and commenting – it’s so great to get your encouragement!


  6. Absolutely love your books and have gobbled up all of them since discovering the first as a Kindle freebie a couple of months ago and cannot wait for No.8 to appear! Just keep that fertile brain of yours working to keep Aydan and co going as long as you can….. Five stars for all so far and many thanks for the hours of reading enjoyment.


    • Hi Anne – I’m glad you’re enjoying the series! Thank you so much for dropping by to tell me. :-)

      I’m hard at work on Book 8, I promise! I just hit the 50% mark last week…


  7. Beth McGreagor

    “I went looking for some fiction featuring kick-ass, sexy 40+ women, and I found… nothing. Which is preposterous.”

    What about Sara Paretsky and Sue Grafton? They both have an awesome series featuring a kick-ass 40+ female and they’ve been writing for years, their books landing on the NY Times bestseller list many times.

    Your series sounds like a good read too. Will give it a try.


  8. Why are your musical references all/most/whatever American?

    Shit, you guy’s have The Tragically Hip!!! And the Hip a’int no youngster thing, for those who might be in the dark…

    SO…what gives???

    Love from Texas!


    • LOL! Oh, no! This is the part where I have to admit what a lousy Canadian I am. ;-)

      The truth is, I chose the musical references because the lyrics spoke to the theme/mood I wanted to create. I really wanted to include parts of the songs, but the copyright laws are so strict in the music industry, I couldn’t even include a few words. So I chose songs from well-known musicians like Bob Seger (I’m a huge Seger fan anyway) and the Eagles, hoping that lots of people would know the lyrics and ‘get’ the reference.

      Sadly, The Hip didn’t make the cut. Nor Rush, nor The Guess Who…

      Sure hope the Patriot Police don’t come and confiscate my beaver.


  9. Jr Hill

    Wow Mrs. Henders, I must say I love this series and cant wait for the next book(s) to come out. I am quite hooked, looking forward to the next installment. Though I am chewing my nails a bit………..


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  11. wow, very cool. Its an achievemnent most writers dream of accomplishing in their lifetime. You definitely got it going on!


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