A former classroom teacher, Diann Floyd Boehm has always enjoyed the art of storytelling. In 2015, she published her first children's book, finally bringing her imagination to print, sharing themes of peace, acceptance, and building self-esteem, to children, parents and fellow educators around the world.
Along with being an educator, Diann is a wife, a mother of three and a grandmother. Her creative flair encompasses the performing arts as well, and she also co-hosts several programs on USA Global TV & Radio with Dr. Jacalyn Kerbeck.
She grew up in Texas with five brothers and has a Bachelor of Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
To learn more about Diann and her books visit her website at www.diannfloydboehm.com.
Ruby Takes Chicago, is the sequel to Rise! A Girl's Struggle for More. It’s now the 1920s, and a young Ruby Dinsmore leaves her hometown of Oilton, Oklahoma and heads for Chicago to make her dreams come true. In the first book, Ruby, born in 1904, grows up wanting to be a businesswoman and does everything she can to make it happen. At the end of Rise!, Ruby's family realizes her dreams can only come true in a larger town where a young woman with a college education would be accepted in the workforce. Once in Chicago, Ruby is surprised to learn that, even in a big city, society as a whole is still reluctant to accept women working outside the home. Determined to stay true to herself, she takes on the challenges of life in tumultuous times of prohibition, protests, and women’s rights marches. Ruby meets like-minded women, and together they break through the barriers until Ruby lands the perfect job; all amidst discovering the joys of life and love, and heartbreak…and love again.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-38-4 (Dyslexia-friendly font)
Rise! A Girl’s Struggle for More is an old-fashioned, historical family drama–a sweet, yet edgy, coming of age story. Set in the 1920s, it is based on the life of the author’s grandmother.
The main character, Ruby Pearl, is mature beyond her years, born at least a decade too soon. Growing up in a family of nine children in Oilton, Oklahoma, with her nose constantly in a book, she’s the girl who would rather read than can tomatoes.
Ruby’s story unfolds amidst the backdrop of a horse and buggy town welcoming its first motor cars. She becomes a pioneer for girls her age, following the inspiration of the suffrage movement, breaking all norms, defying tradition—and her parents—to become a truly independent woman.
Rise! A Girl's Struggle for More is available at Dartmouth Book Exchange and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters/Indigo, Waterstones, and many other online retailers and can be ordered in to your local bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-989833-13-1 (Dyslexia-friendly edition)
ISBN: 978-1-5300228-1-6 - soft cover
ISBN: 978-0-9952841-5-9 - hard cover
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ISBN: 978-0-9952841-3-5 - hard cover
ISBN: 978-1-7752756-0-2 - soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-7752756-1-9 - hard cover
ISBN: 978-1-989833-22-3 - soft cover
ISBN: 978-1-989833-23-0 - hard cover
ISBN: 978-1-9990156-4-0 - soft cover
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ISBN: 978-1989833049 - soft cover
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"All our children were totally mesmerized by The Little Girl in the Moon, The Big Idea. Diann has a wonderful aura that is so magnetic. She has been one of the most inspiring guest authors we have ever received touching so many hearts! We all loved Diann’s story time and can’t wait to welcome her back to our school again.”
– Nosheen Saba, Librarian
"Thank you, Diann Floyd Boehm and Charlie's Tire Swing, for giving me the opportunity to relive my childhood wonder at the miracle of nurturing growth and my childhood memories of carefree summer days spent on my own tire swing. A sweet intergenerational story."
– Lana Shupe, author, The Lonely Little Lighthouse