Diane Strong lost her mother to oral cancer, an experience that inspired her to write the book "Out and Back." She lives in Kentucky with her husband and their two children. She received a liberal arts degree at Itasca Community College, a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Equine Studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, and a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Science from the University of Kentucky. She writes a column for the Georgetown News Graphic and home-schools her children. In her spare time, she competes in road races, triathlons and adventure races. She is the founder of the Georgetown Run Club and Intellectual Society. She loves what she does.