What has been your greatest moment as a writer?
Have you ever had a moment, even if it was a split second when someone noticed you for the unique person you are or complemented you on a job well done? Do you remember what that feels like in your heart?
I’m getting those kinds of moments more and more but I think the most heart warming moments for me is when I get feedback from the kids that my stories target.
One child I met at one of my book signings. She was clearly autistic yet very loving and I could tell she loves reading. She came up to me, wanted her photo taken in front of the dragon and said, “I am going to bring this book to all my friends. Everyone should read this book.”
A friend who bought her book for her grandson brought word back that his mom said he read it in one night.
My fencing instructor gave the book to his nephew, whom he said the boys parents have a hard time getting him to read. When I saw the boy shortly after that he said, “Hey, I’ve been reading your book!” I said, “Oh yeah? What do you think of it?” He said “Awesome!”
My friends daughter is a devote fan and when her daughter read Deception Peak she actually wrote a review. It’s on my blog. She said,
“The book is very in common with The Harry Potter Series!
My favorite part was when Ian and the Kaempern men go into the mountain to search for Ian’s father, Alex Wilson.
I like this book because it is full of adventure and there is always something amazing that happens around every corner.
This book is one of the greatest books I have EVER read!
I hope that other kids like me love this book. I would recommend this book for ages 9 and up.
Another great moment when a 90 year old lady called me to tell me how thrilled she was with the book.
Those are the best moments as an author. Hearing directly from the readers and having them tell you what they loved about your story!
Young Adult Fantasy-Adventure Fiction
Dianne Gardner is both an author and illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest, USA.
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
The Dragon Shield
Rubies and Robbers coming soon
Cassandra’s Castle To be released
The Diary of a Conjurer To be released
A tale of the Four Wizards