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.
Followed by The Dragon Shield and Rubies and Robbers
Targeted Age Group: 9-90
Book Price: .99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I’ve only ever written young adult aside from poetry. But I think you have to have the heart of a child to write it.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Study and hone the craft of novel writing and don’t give up, no matter what anyone might tell you!
Dianne Gardner, an award winning author, is also an 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?
I wanted to write the sort of novel for young people that I love reading. Having been enchanted with Narnia, Oz, Never Neverland, Middle Earth and Wonderland, I wanted to find my own niche in the fantasy world and came up with the Realm, where beautiful countryside meets magic, dragons, and danger.