Gwen Gardner, Welcome to my blog. Tell us how long have you been writing?
Since 2010. Iâ€™ve been an avid reader my whole life, but when it comes to writing, Iâ€™m a late bloomer. To me, there is definitely a correlation between the two, although I didnâ€™t connect them until much later in life. But once the writing bug bit me, there was no turning back.
I know what you mean. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I grew up a Navy brat and then married a gypsy, so travel runs in my veins. I love it! Although technically Iâ€™m a Southern California girl, I love the beach and the mountains with equal vigor. I love traveling through Europe, and Iâ€™m a complete anglophile. In fact, my story, A Stitch in Crime, takes place in the fictional village of Sabrina Shores in England. The architecture is older than you see here in the States, so you know that anything that old must hold secretsâ€¦and ghosts. I love telling their stories.
Secrets, Ghost…Wow. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
When an idea wonâ€™t go away, Iâ€™ll jot the idea down and revisit it a few times. If it still nags me, Iâ€™ll rough out an outline, to include the ending. If it still interests me, then Iâ€™ll write about it.
It makes sense. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
First and foremost, my husband. If not for him telling me it was okay to have dreams and chase after them, I doubt I would have ever pursued writing. Inspiration-wise, I admire J.K. Rowling with her fantastic world-building and storytelling ability. Her first Harry Potter book was turned down fifteen times! She didnâ€™t give up. And surprisingly, Stephen King has inspired me. I donâ€™t read horror, but his autobiographical book, On Writing, contains some very real lessons on the craft and the writing journey. He threw away his first draft of Carrie! Luckily his wife fetched it out of the bin. It helps to have someone who believes in you.
Hubbies, are awesome when they believe in you. What is the name of your book?
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime is the name of the anthology to be published by Dancing Lemur Press on May 1, 2018. My story, A Stitch in Crime is the feature piece.
Sounds intriguing. Tell us more about it.
Perhaps a backcover blurb. A Stitch in Crime: Seasoned ghost whisperer Indigo Eady hoped for an easy haunting this time, but when sheâ€™s called out to the local Candy Cupboard, those hopes are dashed. A death spot appears where no one has recently died. She discovers that a child died in that very spotâ€”sixty years ago. Why wait sixty years to return to the spot where you died?Â Itâ€™s up to Indigo and her sidekick Franny to find out before itâ€™s too late.
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
The clock is ticking…
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda RenEe, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…
Is there a book trailer for your book?
I would love Dancing Lemur Press to make a trailer, but as of yet, there isnâ€™t one.
Do you have a favorite character, why?
I love the interaction between Indigo and Franny. It couldnâ€™t be a story without both of them. Sweet and funny, Indigo Eady is a young woman just trying to get by in the world, but her ghost whispering abilities play havoc with her life. Normality would be a true luxury. Her ghostly sidekick, Franny, is a former Victorian madam of some repute. Her well-meaning but interfering ways adds to the chaos in Indigoâ€™s lifeâ€”especially when she insists on finding a man for Indigo.
That is awesome. What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
The world is so chaotic these days. All you have to do is turn on the TV or fire up the internet to get a massive dose of reality. For some, the everyday bombardment can be overwhelming. My lighthearted cozy mysteries will appeal to those people who want a break from the stress of real life. In my stories, there is no overt violence or sex. The bad guy is always caught and justice is always served. And of course, add a splash of mayhem, a dash of humor and a bit of pot stirring to make things more interesting, and the result is very satisfying!
I bet they are…. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Every successful authorâ€™s advice Iâ€™ve read says to write, write, write. Itâ€™s true. There are no shortcuts to becoming a successful writer. You must write and study every craft book you can get your hands on. Success comes with practice. Forget how bad the first draft is. Itâ€™s through editing that your work begins to unfold properly.
What are this yearâ€™s goals?
I am in the process of editing another Indigo and Franny novel called, A Scandal in Boohemia, as well as a short story called, Lady Sings the Boos. I plan to publish them by the end of the year.
I can’t wait to read your work. Where can we find your book?