Describe yourself in one word –

What super power would you like to have –
Great wisdom. Like Galadrial.

What kind of books do you read for pleasure –
YA fantasy

What compelled you to write this book –
It’s the third and final installment to the Ian’s Realm Trilogy inspired by the nine foot dragon, some walks in the park, a sailing trip on a tall ship, walking a mile down a lava tube, and NaNoWriMo

What do you do to keep yourself going when you aren’t motivated?
I stop if I’m not motivated. But seldom am I not motivated to write. I don’t get enough time to write.

Which comes first the chicken or the egg… I mean the plot or the characters?
They both come at the same time.

When you set your characters do you use character bios/ sketches or do your characters just land on the page?
Oh my notes look like a psychologist’s journal.

How old were you when you finished your first book?

How long did it take you to write it?
Six months to a year really.

If you could do everything over (writing your book, or publishing, etc.) would you change anything?
Yeah…but I wouldn’t want to start over again. I’ll take off from where I’m at. That first book is pretty rough!

Thank you so much for sharing with us, Dianne! Please share your bio and links to your books!

Dianne GardnerShe’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
  • Silvio
  • Meneka
  • Kaempie
  • Reuben

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