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Cast Profile: Diane Tarantini

by stephaniejankowski on March 30, 2017

Diane Tarantini is a writer, wife, and mother of three humans–girl, girl, boy– two kitty-cats, and one plush boy bunny. She lives in a 106-year old Sears Kit House in Morgantown, West Virginia. Aqua is her favorite color. Coffee is her favorite beverage. Come, learn more about our 2017 cast member Diane!

How did you learn about LTYM?
Years ago I heard about LTYM over at Blogher.com. Then last year, one of my grad school buddies, Cinelle Barnes, participated in LTYM 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Diane WeddingWhat is one of the craziest things you’ve ever said to your kids?
Possibly the craziest thing I’ve said to my children, usually when one came running to tattle, was: “Don’t ask me to take sides. If I don’t see blood, I don’t believe it.” Oh, and there was the time I said: “Sweetheart, get that thing off the kitchen table right now. We do NOT allow dead guinea pigs on the table during supper!”

What’s one of the craziest things your Mother ever said to you?
And then my mother, not sure I can say the CRAZIEST thing she ever told me (does this ‘survey’  have a rating system?) but I used to HATE when she said, “I love you, but I don’t like you.” That always made me feel like poop on a stick.

Share your favorite thing you’ve ever written!
Oh, dang! I have to pick a favorite blogpost? May I pick two? I did a guest post recently that I like a whole lot over at GraceandSuch.com: http://graceandsuch.com/index.php/category/diane-tarantini/

And then, I had one go viral a few years back. Probably because The Pioneer Woman retweeted it. Last time I checked, it had over 22,000 hits. It’s super sad, so read at your own risk. http://caughtbutterflies.blogspot.com/2011/03/killing-her-softly.html

The writing of those two pieces is separated by at least 5 years so maybe, hopefully, you’ll see my growth as a writer.

When did you begin thinking of your parents as individuals and not just “Mom and Dad?”
I began thinking of my parents as individuals probably during high school and then really, when I began writing. A lot of my writing focuses on my mother and boy howdy, do we have conflict. In order to not portray her as “flat,” I had to go looking for good memories of her. Now with my dad, I had the opposite situation.View More: http://callielindsey.pass.us/diane

What do you wish most for your children?
There are two things I wish for my children. I want them to know that I love them unconditionally. And also, I want them to discover their purpose in life, their calling, whatever that is, and then I want them to live it out. Because there is no better feeling than doing the thing you were created to do.

What do you love most about Pittsburgh?
Anthropologie, Burgatory, a real live freestanding Sephora store, and Lawrenceville.

What do you hope the audience will take way from your story?
I hope the audience will have a hearty laugh and find some common experiences in the life and times vignettes of our “Sandwich Child,” my “Baby Love.”

What is your favorite Pittsburgh restaurant?
I do not have a ton of experience with restaurants in Pittsburgh. However, there is a darling Greek place in Lawrencville–Pastitsio–that I can recommend in good faith. I took “Baby Love” there once after I picked her up from the MegaBus drop-off point. We had a delightful meal.

If you were the mayor of Pittsburgh for a day, what law would you change/enact and why?
I won’t answer the mayor of P’burgh question because I’m not a pot-stirrer. Actually, sometimes I am. I won’t answer it though, because I try not to say anything when I don’t know what I’m talking about. Actually, sometimes I do, but this time I’m not gonna.

What else do you want us to know about you?
Here’s a fun fact, an easy way to remember my name. Sing it to the tune of “Gary, Indiana” in the Broadway musical The Music Man. Another fun fact is, that trick works with any six syllable name:)

Diane is southern charm personified, but don’t let that fool ya: she’s a force to be reckoned with, so come reckon with her on May 12, mmkay? Get your tickets HERE!

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