Interview with Author Dianne Gardner

At what age were you the happiest? What triggered such joy?

I’m the happiest now, 63. I’m healthy. We’ve got a nice home with an orchard. It’s a beautiful place in a beautiful part of the country. I don’t need to go anywhere to find a retreat; it’s all right here at home. I am in a position to help people with their struggles both emotionally and physically (usually my kids). I love what I’m doing, writing the stories I’ve always wanted to write. I love that I’ve developed my artistic skills.

What is the number one lie you tell yourself? How is that working out?

Well, I tell myself a lot of things. That I’m important, that I’m not important. There’s a lot of ups and downs in my self talk but not really any ONE thing…I’m better off not telling myself anything!

When was the last time you felt alive? I mean really alive!

This afternoon walking in the woods!

What is the worst advice you have ever given someone?

Probably shouldn’t talk about that time.

What is the one thing, good or bad, you wish you could have said to a former boyfriend/girlfriend? Why didn’t you? Don’t worry he/she probably won’t read this.

It’s been a long time since I had a former boyfriend!

Who is your favorite author, and how did they inspire you to write?

I love C.S. Lewis. I love how he reaches for simple truth and wisdom

If there was one author you could meet with and learn from, who would that be?


Thank you for sharing with us, Dianne! Would you mind sharing something about yourself and the links to your books?

Dianne Gardner She’s been a painter all her life having started at the age of 12 under her mother’s supervision. Her first private art lesson was with a sculptress in California. Excelling in art in school and on to college, her portfolio includes portraits, inspirational works, and plein air landscapes. She was the portrait painter for the Washington Renaissance Fantasy Fair for several years painting 20 minute oil paintings during the fair. She has just recently started illustrating books, beginning this endeavor with a 9′ triptych of Stenhjaert the Dragon, the antagonist in Ian’s Realm

Dianne is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. Besides the Ian’s Realm Saga (Deception Peak, The Dragon Shield, and Rubies and Robbers which will be released in 2013) she boasts authorship to four short stories titled A Tale of the Four Wizards Series which interweaves with the Saga. She writes for middle grade and young adults targeting boys and adventure loving girls, but adults are some of her most zealous fans of all Her writing definitely falls under the ‘family friendly’ category!

Ian’s Realm Trilogy
Deception Peak
The Dragon Shield
Rubies and Robbers coming soon


Cassandra’s Castle To be released
The Diary of a Conjurer To be released
Short Stories
A tale of the Four Wizards

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Dragon Shield Trailer




Author Central on Amazon

The Dragon Shield on Amazon

Deception Peak





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