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I'm a Canadian writer and photographer currently sailing across the Indian Ocean. Writing is a way of indulging my curiosity about the world I live in. It gives me the excuse to delve into subjects in a way that most of us never have time for. I also get to ask those really juicy questions - the kind my mother said were impolite.

I search out stories wherever I find myself and recent stories have included A Maldives you can actually afford and Exploring Australia’s Forgotten Aboriginal Rock Art for BBC travel, Brisbane Makes a Splash for National Geographic Traveler, Our Life on the Water for Saturday Evening Post and Raising a Child Dangerously, a story for Slate.com which was syndicated internationally and resulted in radio, TV and print interviews; .

I'm the author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Sailing and coauthor of The Vancouver Island Book of Everything. My stories have appeared in magazines that include Reader's Digest, Men's Journal, Islands, Air Canada's enRoute; newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Globe and Mail; and online websites including Outside, Slate, Huffington Post, Travel + Leisure.com, Forbes.com and MSN.com. I'm an Editor at Large for Yachting Times magazine and a regular contributor to numerous sailing magazines.

Editors say I'm easygoing and professional to work with and they repeatedly assign me stories that inform and entertain their readers. I also love taking on new challenges and working with new publications - so let me know what you need.     

2014 Diane Selkirk