Dianne is not only an award winning author, she is also an illustrator. She's an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. Her Ian’s Realm series is published by PDMI Publishing LLC along with four short stories in the A Tale of the Four Wizards series. Her most recent book Altered will be published this year by Master Koda Publishing. She writes for middle grade and young adults targeting boys and adventure loving girls, and the young at heart.
Without further ado, here's Dianne to tell you everything you want to know...
The Pacific Northwest is my home. After living in the dry desert of Arizona for over 23 years, I tired of always praying for rain, so I decided to come and get it on my own. Gray skies and deep forests give way to the most glorious summers you could ever imagine. Not to mention the abundance of berries, clams, oysters, salmon, fruits of all kinds, to me the Puget Sound area of Washington is the richest place in the world.
I have seven children, all grown. Sixteen grandchildren that need stories written, and so they are my inspiration.
People always find it fascinating that I lived in a mud house for over 13 years, hauling water from the well in a bucket, cooking on a wood stove, planting blue corn in desert washes, and generally living out of the box. Some of these experiences are tapped into my novels.
I am also a blogger for Amazing Stories Magazine.
My website is http://gardnersart.com You’ll find books, audios, artwork and how our movie production is coming along on that site.
There are two things that drove this story into being.
1. Current events concerning the manipulation of our American farms and ultimately our food supply.
2. My experience living in the Southwest desert and learning and understanding not only Hopi legend, but the simple Native American way of life which is harmonious to nature.
Nature will always be a part of my novels. In my first series The Ian’s Realm Saga, Ian steps through a portal to a place called the Realm, where the country is absolutely beautiful, pristine, and wild. Mountains, prairies, ocean and woods…These are all landscapes that I have experienced and love dearly.
In Altered, a dystopian novel, this struggling family is watching what was once a beautiful world deteriorate before their eyes where everything natural is disappearing and with it, the future of mankind.
I hate to think negatively about the future. I have sixteen grandchildren and I would hope that the world we leave them would be a better place. It’s my will that we leave future generations an environment more like the Realm, clean and rich and wild, rather than like the broken shell we see in my novel Altered.
If this book can make a difference, even in one person’s life, then I will be content that it’s done its job!
"Dianne Gardner's dystopia tale, ALTERED, unfolds in reality. She writes of a future that is very near and could easily come true. She writes a world where freedom and autonomy are gone, where minds are altered and controlled by Newly Constructed Food, and where salvation seems impossible except to the rebellious Abree, her brother, and a small band of friends. Dianne skillfully weaves the ancient Aztec legend of the Quetzalcoatl and the And People into her suspenseful story. The old myth brings wisdom from the past as a solution to the problems of the future." Altered on Amazon ttp://amzn.com/B00JLLZHNE
You can see more of Dianne’s work on her website ~ http://gardnersart.com
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/DianneLynnGardner
Twitter ~ http://www.twitter/@DianneGardner
Her blog ~ http://diendrial.wordpress.com/
Deception Peak ~ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FCZ32MG
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