Diana French moved to the Cariboo Chilcotin region in 1951 to teach in a one-room school. She married Bob French, the son of a pioneer family, and they settled in Williams Lake in 1970. Along with raising five sons, Diana worked for the Williams Lake Tribune as a reporter, and now writes a weekly column for the newspaper. She is involved in various community activities and has been the volunteer curator of the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin for more than twenty years. She has also written three books: The Road Runs West: A Century Along the Bella Coola/Chilcotin Road (Harbour Publishing); Ranchland: British Columbia’s Cattle Country, co-authored with Rick Blacklaws (Harbour Publishing); and Women of Brave Mettle: More Stories of the Cariboo Chilcotin (Caitlin Press).