Diana Hochman was born in Los Angeles, CA on October 24, 1972, the only child of Roberto and Aurora Gandara. After her mother’s tragic death due to homicide when Diana was just two years old, she lived with maternal relatives for three years. Parts of her childhood were spent in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA where her family was at the time and in Sacramento, CA. The summer before first grade, her father brought her to Sacramento, CA, where she lived for seven years until 1985. Diana describes her childhood as "traumatic and bittersweet."
Diana was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church in infancy, but later in Sacramento, was raised as a fundamental born again Christian. This set her on a religious path from childhood. Having endured the horror of child abuse, Diana left home at the age of thirteen and became an emancipated minor at the age of fourteen.
In 1993, Diana determined she wanted to be a writer. As a young divorced mom of two young boys, she struggled immensely to provide for her sons. The harsh struggles she endured informed her about the fundamental socio-economic factors affecting women, as well as people in general. These insights have illuminated her writing and her understanding of life throughout the years.
In 1994, after three years of extensive spiritual and religious exploration, Diana decided to convert to Judaism. In 2003, Diana converted to Judaism as a Conservative Jew. In 2004, Diana immigrated to Israel under the Law of Return. She remained in Israel for thirteen months, residing in the heart of Jerusalem, before returning to America. Diana says it was during this time that she "dispelled the myth."
Diana has two sons, Steve and John. She is of European descent, primarily Spanish and Portuguese though she also has English, European Jewish, and German roots as well as some Native American Indian and African roots. Diana grew up in the Hispanic culture, with English as her primary language.
Diana is a veteran of the United States Army. Her military occupational specialty (MOS) was 46 Romeo, Broadcast Journalism. During her brief time as an American soldier Diana also received special training in Terrorism Studies, The Army Organization and Effective Army Writing. Diana was honorably discharged from the Army in 2008.
In 2021, Diana wrote Dispelling the Myth, her first novel. It is a work of fiction though based on a true story. Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from American Public University in Charles Town, West Virginia. She currently lives in the Lone Star State of Texas.
17 May 2022