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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Diane A. Ladley  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA History Other

Born: 1961 in Westerville, OH


Illinois Connection

Weeks after my birth my parents moved back to Naperville, Illinois where they had attended school at North Central College after World War II. We moved several times within Naperville during my childhood. After I went out on my own I lived in Naperville at two locations, including an apartment in Naperville's Historic District. I attended college at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Currently I live on the far east side of Aurora, Illinois. . . "just a spit across the border from Naperville".

Biographical and Professional Information

Diane Ladley is the founder and president of Historic Ghost Tours of Naperville, Historic Ghost Tours of Aurora, Historic Roundhouse Ghost Tours, Historic Ghost Tours of Elgin, and the parent company, Haunted Hometowns Corporation. Ladley is a popular public speaker and nationally award-winning storyteller, named by her peers as "America's Ghost Storyteller". She was a State of Illinois ArtsTour Artist for 2001-3 and again in 2003-5. Diane Ladley is the first and foremost authority on the local haunted history and supernatural lore of Naperville, Illinois and Aurora, Illinois.

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-- *National Storytelling World Honor Award, Best Story of the Year for Adolescents, ''"Late Night Fright