Dianna Harris was born in Topeka, Kansas, and raised on a small farm east of the capital city. After graduating from Washburn University in Topeka with a degree in Communication Arts she moved to the Chicago area to further her career. She spent two decades in advertising and customer communications for the automotive industry and now manages the office and day-to-day operations of a local heating and air-conditioning company. In 1993, she married her soulmate and best friend Sam Gugliuzza.
Dianna has always had a passion for all things historical, with a special interest in cemeteries and Chicago history. In 2008, she co-wrote the book Stone Angels about the history behind the artistic headstones of Chicagoland graveyards with her sister-in-law Jeanne Gugliuzza. That was also the year she was approached by Rose Laws, the mother of one of her husbandís best childhood friends, asking for help in writing her story. Dianna immediately recognized Roseís importance to Chicago history and welcomed the opportunity to help presesrve this firsthand account for future generations. She spent four years listening to dozens of cassettes of Roseís memories and organizing the notes and papers Rose had collected over a lifetime in order to capture this incredible life story.