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I'm a Canadian writer and photographer who's six years into an around the world sailing trip with my family--currently we're in South Africa. Writing is a way of indulging my curiosity about the world I'm lucky enough to explore. It gives me the excuse to delve into subjects and places in a way that many 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 work has included more than a dozen stories from my visit to the Maldives including features for BBC travel, Silk Air, and the Globe and Mail; a piece on the little known Stolen Islands of Chagos for Vice; and stories about our journey including Our Life on the Water for the anthology A Pink Suitcase (originally published in 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 National Geographic Travel, Reader's Digest, Men's Journal and Islands; newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Globe and Mail; and online websites including Outside, Slate, Vice, 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