Diana Tibert writes stories and articles and operates a publishing company based in mainland Nova Scotia. She’s written on many topics over the years, including genealogy, writing, publishing, gardening and history. Since 1997, a few thousand articles have appeared in dozens of  publications, including Saltscapes Magazine, Plant and Garden Magazine, alive Magazine, East Coast Gardener and Canadian Gardening.

She started this blog in January 2011.

Diana writes fantasy novels using the pen name, Diane McGyver. To date, her epic fantasy series Castle Keepers includes Shadows in the Stone, Scattered Stones, Revelation Stones and Healing Stones. Her Mystical series (a series within a series) includes Beyond the Myst.

In 2020, Diana launched her Romance Collection. These are not the formula romances typical of the genre. In many instances adventure, action, survival and awakenings take precedence over relationships. Sure, the romance is there, a common theme binding the books, but sometimes not on the level that is expected from a typical romance. These stories are meant to be quick reads, so they’ll be less than 100,000 words. The first novel in the collection, Northern Survival, was released September 6th.

To learn more about the author and the books mentioned above, visit Diane McGyver‘s website.

Liscomb Mills
The perfect view for Quarter Castle

53 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, Diane. It’s great to see a blog with so many useful advice, tips and ideas for authors. I’ve only had time for a quick peek so far, but I’m looking forward to reading a lot more. As a self-published author myself, I’m grateful for any helpful advice along my journey.I’m actually in the middle of a short blogging break at the moment, but I like to keep up with anbything in my notifications box. I’m desperate to push on with the third book of my trilogy, as spending so much time on WP all last year has left me very behind with it. (I know, more fool me!)
    Thank you so much for following me – I’m certainly happy to have found you.


  2. Thank you so much for following The Write Edge, Diane! I appreciate your interest and hope you find the blog informative and maybe even entertaining. Have a great rest of the week!


  3. Hello Diane, this is Elspeth Crawford, thanks for following my blog. I have just begun exploring your sites and am fascinated by the number of things you find time to do. I also live near water, how it connects with my interest in world monetary system/ global injustice I do not know but it certainly keeps me sane. Your title “Scattered Stones” is evocative – I look forward to more browsing.


    • Hello Elspeth. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. When I saw your name, I instantly thought of a character in my “Scattered Stones” book. Her name is Elspeth. She’s a mighty warrior on the good side.

      I love writing and sharing, so it’s a daily activity. At the moment, we’re in the middle of a raging snow storm. We expect 20 or 30 or more centimetres to fall before morning, so there’s not much to do but write. I love snow storms.

      I lived away from the water once. It was okay because I was exploring the mountains, but the ocean called me home. I don’t think I could permanently live away from it.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Welcome to my blog. I try to post things to inform writers about writing and publishing. Sometimes I get sidetracked, but that’s life for me. Thank you for following my blog.


  4. Hi Diane, it is an honor to meet you and thank you for following my blog! It looks like you do wonderful work. What do you enjoy most about editing?


    • What do I like best about editing? Tweaking the writing to make it shine and to make the story read with such ease, it’s like breathing. It’s satisfying to take a clunky sentence and remove the clutter, so it rolls of the tongue easily.

      Your journey sounds very interesting. I often thought about setting off, walking the country to explore as explorers once did. I’m the one in the row boat, paddling my way along the shore to see every rock, every inlet. Speed boats bore me. They are for getting from A to B like cars, but to walk would be a fascinating journey to connect with the earth and all the beings on it.

      Thank you, and welcome to my blog.


  5. Hi Diane
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the Blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoyed you visit and look forward to seeing more from you.
    Wishing you all the best for the New Year 🙂


  6. Peter Rafferty, read your lattest in the Moncton Times andTranscript, dealing with topgraphical maps. You say no info about New Brumswick.. I have a top map for over 30 years dealing with St John and Kings counties. I just got the latest from . Reference Services,Library and Archives Canada. K1A ON4 phone 1-866 578-7777, http://www.bac-lac-gc.ca, I received topgraphical map of the counties KINGS-STJOHN FROM ACTUAL SURVEYORS UNDER DIRECTION OF J WELLING 1862v1/220. I am suire you can get all the top mapes of NB,good l;uck. excuse my typing my ey es are not what they should be.
    when I dealt with them 30 yars ago they sent me a copy of the map, now that I am doing more work they send the info to ..The Brechin group, and they charged me $50.00 for a disk. Hop you canunderstand my message. Peter Rafferty 506 385 8583. tkns


    • Thank you, Peter, for reading my column and then coming here to leave a comment. What I meant when I mentioned no maps for New Brunswick was I couldn’t find a topographical map that had all the houses labelled with the surname of the family that lived there in the online database I reviewed. I was not suggesting none existed ever, just that I couldn’t find them in David Rumsey’s Map Collection.


    • Hello Lysa, thank you. I’m glad my tips have been helpful. When I started on this journey many years ago, there wasn’t a lot on the Internet about self-publishing. Now we can find plenty, but it is always changing.


  7. There are these chain mail type of blogger awards going around and I decided to participate on this. If nothing else it may drive traffic to sites I appreciate & enjoy.

    I mentioned your blog in reference to the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out the post and participate as much as you like. No obligations from my end. I just wanted you know I posted a link.

    Thank you for your work and time!


  8. Someone told me Diane, that you have just become one of The Spikey’s, that small clan of folk known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures since the 70′s, as well as day to day happenings on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it. Of course, if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear from you, serious.

    In return, I promise not to be overbearing with perhaps 2-3 posts a day tops. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great day…



  9. Hi Diane

    I would like to know if in all your research you have come across the Duff’s in the Pictou area. My husbands grand father was born in NS around 1852 and we know his father’s name was William Duff. Thanks for any info you might have.

    B Duff


    • Hello, Bonnie, and thanks for visiting my website. I don’t have any information on the Duff family from Pictou or any other area. I’m sorry I can’t help you. Maybe someone reading this blog will know something. Good luck.


  10. Hi there, I am wondering if you would follow my blog, or contribute to it? I aim to get more people writing but mainly about mental health. I set up the idea this week in ireland and I have been asked to take radio and newspaper interviews. You might know some people that would be willing to write for it maybe?/ please have a look at what it is I am trying to achieve and drop me a line if interested.
    Kind regards
    Ger collins


    • Hello. Welcome to my blog. I’ll check out your blog and see more about its content. At the moment, I’m not interested in contributing since I’m just getting back into the swing of things and don’t want to take on too much. This is the first post here since November, so I have to make this blog a priority. Also, I have several incompleted projects that need to be taken care of this year. Thank you for the opportunity though. I wish you the best with your endevour.


  11. Hi Diane,
    Looking for info on ancestors of John Dennis .b 1740 cape ray NL who married a Fanny Serle, did he marry an indian woman before her.he had a dgt Anne who married my gg grandfather Wm Haynes.Do you have any birth/marriage/death records of same.My g grandfather was Charles Haynes married Mary Ann Maher,do you have any info on her that would lead to native status.The families settled bay st. george area/sandy point.Anne Dennis was b. barswalos.
    thank you ,Greta


  12. Re Taylor’s in Burin, NL

    Colin Waye mentioned you were researching Taylor’s.

    I have an Alexander Taylor that married in 1874 in Burin a Julia (or Elizabeth) Brushett. They have at least four children; Elizabeth Emberley, Benjamin, John, and Owen C. Obviously, this Julia (or Elizabeth) Brushett is likely born in the 1840s or 1850s to be marrying in 1874. Just wondering if any of this connects with your Taylor research?

    Donald Fraser Ross


  13. Dear Diane: I was given your website from a Jim Marr in new Brunswick. Please see my msg. below.

    I have come to a dead end and need some help in trying to find Maria
    Elizabeth Marr’s parents. All the info I have is she was born 1823 of
    Scotland and her spouses name is Asa James Specht Porter, who was born in
    1824 in Digby, Nova Scotia, Canda and died Feb. 5, 1888 in South Range, D,
    NS, Canada. Their children are William Porter born about 1846, Robert
    Archibald S.C. Porter, b. 9 Sep 1856, and Bertha Porter, born 1864. The only
    other info I have is her residence is listed as 1871-1881 in Digby, NS.
    Any info/help would be greatly appreciated.
    Pam Putnam (green)


  14. Hi Diane, My father and I (David Kilpatrick) are looking into our ancestry and have hit a roadblock. We are looking for Jane Kilpatrick, born 1827 in Upham, Kings County NB to Alexander and Anne Kilpatrick. According to the 1871 Census of Upham, she was living with her brother Benjamin and his wife Lydia Kilpatrick and Jane’s own son Thomas Kilpatrick. The last info we have is she signed her name to accept an inheritance on July 26, 1869 from her father’s will of 1865. Did she travel to Lanark Scotland thereafter.We have a ships name and arrival date, the “Prussian” left Liverpool on july 15,1867 and landed in Quebec on July 25 of that same month. The ship was a member of the Allen Line. Jane may have been a passenger with Alexander Kilpatrick (age 8) We are looking for the passenger list to confirm our relatives possible arrival, for either Jane Kilpatrick or Alexander. Can you recommend any sites that will help us in our search or help us in any way? Most of our relatives landed in Quebec and migrated to Upham NB in the early 1800’s. We simply have lost track of Jane.


    • David, the email with your comment doesn’t seem to work. I’ll paste the message below, but I don’t want to paste the entire column. If you send me your email address, I’ll forward it to you. You can reach me at tibert@ns.sympatico.ca

      Are you aware of Ships List (http://www.theshipslist.com/)? It contains an extensive database of passenger lists for ports around the world. This website is the hub of everything sea-going. There’s a good chance Jane will be found there if she travelled by ship.

      You are also welcome to submit at 35-word query to accompany my Roots to the Past genealogy column which appears in the Kings County Record (Sussex) and Times & Transcript (Moncton). Maybe someone out there already has the answer.

      I’ve added a column (below) I wrote earlier this year concerning searching for individuals who travelled by ship to and from Canada.


  15. Hello Diane, Harold Moulton here I am one of the Mina Swim comittee members, a few years back when I started a search into my family tree I was speaking to an older man from Burin Bay Arm, a Moulton I think, but I would have to do some rumaging through gathered info. to verify it. Anyway he was the man that told me Thomas Taylor was a crewmen on the Mina Swim and I wrote Thomas in as the possible 21st crewman, I had no reason to disbelieve him for he knew most all the names I had already. and we are now checking on two more accounts that there were 2 men that didn’t make the last trip which would give us the crew of 21. if you have any info. that could verify or prove that he was or was not a crewman please contact me. my email address is on the web site minaswim.com
    Thank you.


    • Hello Harold, Thank you for leaving a comment. I have no real evidence that Thomas was aboard the Mina Swim, but my aunt had always believed he was a crew member. Thomas was lost at sea when the entire ship disappeared. That information came from his daughter (my grandmother), so I take that as fact. She was around twelve when he died. Family stories tell that when the ship was lost, many of the men were from the Burin area, and for months afterward, people had their blinds down.

      I wonder, did the church not hold some type of ceremony for these men? Just because there was no body, couldn’t there have been a service to say ‘fairwell’? It’s incredible to think that the people were told the ship was lost, they went into mourning and that was that . . . end of story. Someone must have left a will, had land ownerships transferred from deceased husband to wife (or other family member). It’s incredible to think that a person could die and nothing was left in the line of paper work. It may be as simple as paying dues at the Salvation Army church one year and not the next (because the person was lost at sea).

      I tried to contact the Salvation Army to see what was recorded that year as far as deaths, but I never received a reply to my letter.


  16. Diane: I have been communicating with Sarah Jane (Tibert), her parents are Dennis and Mary ?; do you have anything on these families?




  17. Hello Diane Colin Waye here, I sent a couple messages on Burin boards I think.
    Anyway in case you haven’t heard there is a group in Burin who have established a committee about the Mina Swim and to build a memorial.
    They are asking for input from everywhere as there is not much available although all the committee appear to be grandchildren and so have a good feel for it.
    I was always on the lookout for Thomas Taylor as a possible crew member.
    Can you again supply what information you have and then I can relay it or perhaps you can go to their web site which is just getting under way.
    Mina Swim Memorial site


    • Hello Colin,

      I hadn’t heard of this until I received your message through the Burin Peninsula list. I’ll check out the website and submit what I have on Thomas Taylor. There isn’t much. My aunt was certain her father was on the Mina Swim, but the facts I uncovered don’t seem to point in that direction.

      Thank you for alerting me to this.


  18. Just wondering when the book about WWII vets of Guysborough County will be completed, or has work on that been discontinued?


    • Hello Brenda,

      The veteran books for Guysborough County have been put on hold indefinitely. The project is too large for me to consider completing alone. My time is very limited, and my focus has been on smaller projects to earn a living.

      However, all the research completed to date by me has been stored. In the future, I may create books for specific areas of Guysborough County. For example, the communities between the county line in Ecum Secum to Sherbrooke.

      Kelly and I did not fully understand the size of the project when we began. It would be a full time job for several years to see completion.



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