Member Diane Trepagnier: A Family Affair

June 05, 2022 1:32 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

By Diane Trepagnier

My brother, Carl Trepagnier, recently had his first book published. Needless to say, I am quite proud of him. We have both been honing our crafts for some time now, and it’s quite a significant achievement for him to get the book published. So it was with honor and trepidation when he asked me to paint a cover for his book. But I took on the task and asked him to be honest if the painting did not meet his expectations. As you can see from the photo, the book was published using my painting on the cover.

The book is a historical fiction set against the horrific ship explosion in 1947 in Texas City, Texas. My family and I lived five blocks from where the ship exploded. Fortunately, we all survived. The epilogue in the book recounts our experience.

It was so fun to work together on this and I just like to share.


  • June 05, 2022 2:42 PM | Laura McMahon
    Well done, both of you!!
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  • June 05, 2022 8:40 PM | Marion Friedman
    Congratulations to both of you!
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  • June 11, 2022 11:21 AM | Donna Schultz Van Fleet (Administrator)
    Diane, This collaboration of sibling talents is so heartwarming. I can't wait for my copy of the book to arrive.
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  • June 11, 2022 11:33 AM | Donna Schultz Van Fleet (Administrator)
    Hi again, Diane. Update to my prior comment. I couldn't wait and just downloaded the Kindle version. Three pages in and I'm hooked. So much for the to-do list I was going to accomplish today . . .
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