Then began I to wax in wisdom,
One word led on to another word,
One work led on to another work.
My first novel was published in 1981. In 1982 I was consecrated as a pagan priestess. One way or another, I’ve been following both paths ever since. On this site you’ll find information on what I’ve done and what I’m doing, with links and resources to find out more.
- “Writing” will take you to information about both my non-fiction work and my novels and stories.
- “Community” has news about projects in the pagan and heathen communities.
- The calendar shows when I’ll be attending conventions and festivals, and doing radio interviews and book signings.
If you have a comment or a query, or there’s something I haven’t covered that you’d like to know, please get in touch. I’ll try to update regularly and answer your questions.
COMING IN SEPTEMBER FROM WEISER BOOKS –
ODIN, ECSTASY, RUNES, & NORSE MAGIC
In a sense this is the book I have been working on since I first encountered Odin in 1987, a chance to share what I have learned from the lore, from others who have met him, and from my own experience. This is a book for those who heard about Odin on Vikings or American Gods, and want to know the lore behind the vision, those who already know Odin and want to learn how others see him, and those who are, perhaps unexpectedly, encountering him today.
The book will be out in September– I am delighted to have received this excellent review in Publishers’ Weekly.
Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic
Diana L. Paxson. Red Wheel/Weiser, $22.95 trade paper (320p) ISBN 978-1-57863-610-5
This short work from pagan priestess Paxson (Essential Asatru), a prolific writer specializing in Germanic mythology and religion, is a mix of semi-scholarly exposition on lore and history; expressions of personal visions and experiences inspired by paganism; recommendations for pagan spiritual practices; and short stories, poems, and songs on the theme of Odin. Paxson explores Odin’s various names, associated symbols, and appearances in Norse lore as well as modern fiction, such as Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The specific practice sessions that follow each chapter will be appreciated by those involved in pagan religion; among other things, Paxson suggests building an altar, meditating while reciting poems about Odin, and creating rune charms. The accounts of Norse lore are lively and accessible introductions to the lay reader, and Paxson’s own beliefs, as well as those of her interviewees, shine through in her clear and lucid prose. Paxson’s book is charming and accessible, even to outsiders previously unfamiliar with the concepts. (Sept.)
Short Stories to watch for–
“Shadow of the Wolf”, By the Light of Camelot, Hades Publications, 2018
“Patterns”, Valdemar XI: Pathways, ed. Mercedes Lackey, DAW, 2018
“Sword of Liberty,” Lace and Blade IV, ed. Deborah Ross, MZB, 2018
“Night of Masks,” Crossroads of Darkover, ed. Deborah Ross, MZB, 2018
For Diana’s travel schedule see “Calendar”
The Wolf and the Raven hunt again!
The Wolf and the Raven, first novel in the Wodan’s Children trilogy, is available once more! This is the book that explains how the lives of Brunahild and Gudrun, Sigfrid and Gundohar, first become entwined. We meet them first as children, and learn what experiences make them the people who will do the deeds that became one of the greatest European legends.Here we learn how Sigfrid reforged his father’s sword, and the true nature of the dragon he is destined to kill. Meanwhile, Brunahild is being trained as a valkyrie in the hills above the Rhine and learning the secrets of Germanic magic. Wodan (Odin) also appears, subtly nudging his children in the direction Wyrd needs them to go.
Out of print for over a decade, it’s the first book in my backlist to be available for a new generation of fans. Buy your twentieth anniversary edition of The Wolf and the Raven today!
- Available Now: As a trade paperback from Lulu, our print-on-demand manufacturer.
- Also available as a PDF and an eBook for all your devices, direct from my online store.
For more information in purchasing this and other books, check back soon for information on how to order all my books through my online store!
|“Weavings”, in No True Way, edited by Mercedes Lackey, DAW, 2014. Set in Lackey’s Valdemar, the story pits a human weaver against a spider empowered by ancient magics.”Evanda’s Mirror”, in Stars of Darkover, edited by Deborah Ross, MZB Literary Works Trust, 2014. What happens when a trans-woman tries to join the Free Amazons….”Light”, in Sword and Mythos, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles, Innsmouth Free Press, 2014. This was my first opportunity to do a story in the Lovecraft mythos, about some Greenland archaeologists who find something they didn’t expect in the melting glacier.|
|For copies of the summer 2014 issue of Witches & Pagans magazine, in which I was interviewed by Hunter Liguore, see: