Diana Wagman is the author of six novels, most recently Extraordinary October. Her second novel, Spontaneous, won the 2001 USA Pen West Award for Fiction. Her fourth novel, The Care & Feeding of Exotic Pets, was a Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers selection. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various journals and as part of the n+1 anthology MFA vs NYC. She is an occasional contributor to the L.A. Times and teaches fiction for Writing Workshops LA.