Dianne Gardner is both an author and illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest. She’s also an award-winning artist.Dianne spent many years living out in the desert wilderness of the American Southwest, lived in a hogan made from adobe and cedar . She traveled by horseback and wagon through out the Navajo reservation. Dianne spent many years using survival skills as a way of life. I found her quite fascinating and decided to interview her. Here are my questions to Dianne Gardner;
1. How long have you been writing and Painting?
I’ve been painting ever since I was very young. I wrote poetry when I was a teenager
but only wrote my first novel a couple of years ago.
2. What inspires you to paint?
I am an art lover and especially a lover of the master oil painters. My inspirations are
John Singer Sargeant, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Halls and Bouguereau. Contemporary
artists such as Daniel Gerhartz. Richard Schmidt and local artist David Gray are my inspirations. Whenever I see something beautiful I want to paint it. I don’t always mean beautiful as in a flower or a landscape. It is usually an atmospheric beauty, such as radiant light easing it’s way through a window, or noon sun shining on an adobe building.
4.How did you meet Lexa Rose, the lady that put music to Odes?
I actually met her through my videographer, Alex Chandler, the young man who filmed. The Dragon Shield trailer. I asked him if he knew anyone who sang and he gave me her name and mine hers. She called me that very evening excited to put my lyrics to music. We are in the process of doing an album.
4. What do you currently have going on with your art?
I am displaying my illustrations from The Dragon Shield and Rubies and Robbers, the two panel oil painting of the tentative cover for Cassandra’s Castle, and some of my other works at Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor WA. That exhibition will be on display now until Aug 22. I will be doing a book signing and reading July 19 at 6 pm.
5. What is your newest book publication?
Rubies and Robbers is my latest book. It is the third book of a trilogy The Ian’s Realm Saga.
7. What is your newest book about.?
I can best tell you by quoting the book blurb: “I will not let fear weaken us, not now” -says Ian as he dives into the cold waters of Moor Cove to find the escapees. Ian has proven his abilities as a warrior in book I and II, and now the most dangerous battle begins, the battle against the power of evil. Ian must unravel the secrets of the mountain and discern whom his real enemy is, the enemy both without and within. He tackles with the twelve-year-old boy who seems to hold the fate of the entire Realm in his hands, and yet the pressing Songs of Wisdom call for compassion in his dealings. Ian leads his men in the fight against the powers of darkness. But he must also be willing to sacrifice everything he ever hoped to have in order to save those he loves.
8.What genre do you write in?
YA adventure fantasy, an older middle grade genre.
9.I see that you are a member of several organizations. One being the NLAPW ( National League of American Pen Women). What are the benefits of being in an Organization like this for women?
Networking and mentoring. NLAPW is made up of many seasoned women writers who have been in the industry for decades. There is a wealth of knowledge and experience to glean from.
10.How long have you been a member and How has it helped you personally?
I’ve been a member for about three years now. I’ve been the secretary of our local (Tacoma) branch for two of those years. The women of my chapter have encouraged me through the submitting of my first book to my publisher and have walked me through all stages of it’s production including editing. I’m very grateful for the friendships I’ve made.
11.Finally, what projects are you currently working on?
Just this weekend we’re filming the trailer for Cassandra’s Castle, a not yet published work that is a historical fantasy. I’m especially thrilled about the book and the trailer. My fencing teacher will be helping me choreograph the duel scene. I’ve done much research for this book which is inspired by the 1908 Portuguese uprising, and by the last King of Portugal Manuel II. I’m excite for its release!
I want to personally thank Dianne for allowing me to do this Interview. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.
Official book blog: http://dragontargeseries.blogspot.com/
Dragon Shield Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c2rm6mGBrM
The Dragon Shield on Amazon
Deception Peak http://amzn.com/B0090888WU