The first book of a trilogy, Deception Peak is a young adult adventure fantasy about a teenager, Ian Wilson, who follows his father through a portal that magically appears on their computer screen. They travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life.
But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and is forced to find his courage. As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search to find his father, Ian meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm. It’s then that he learns there is a greater purpose for being there.
Targeted Age Group:
Middle Grade/Young adult
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I haven’t written other genres. I am excited about writing for young people, preserving their innocence, their dreams, and helping them cope with coming of age.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Study the art and craft of writing. Go to conferences, workshops and critiques. Be open to learning.
Dianne Gardner is both an author and illustrator living in the Pacific Northwest, USA. She’s an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National League of American Pen Women. Dianne is an award winning portrait and plein air painter, using her talents to illustrate her stories. Besides The Dragon Shield, the second book in the Ian’s Realm Series she boasts authorship to Deception Peak and four short stories in the A Tale of the Four Wizards series. Her next installment Rubies and Robbers is in production.She writes for middle grade and young adults targeting boys and adventure loving girls, and the young at heart.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My grandchildren, especially the boys! It’s an adventure fantasy, the kind of story I loved reading when I was young. I wanted to bring something special to my grandchildren.