Michael Gardner

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The marketing experts say authors need a compelling biography. They say we should answer the following four questions, because this is the information you, the reader, really want to know.

1. Why do I write? I write because I have an obsession with writing which borders on a mental disorder. I’ve often wondered if I can get medicated for this condition, but it’s much cheaper and easier to spend time at a keyboard.

2. How long have I been at it? I’d love to tell you I had some magical writing awakening, but the truth is I’ve been writing since I could combine a noun and a verb to form a sentence. Not sure when that was or what I used. Probably the
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Michael Gardner Once upon a moonlit night, a vampire stalked his prey through the forest, a fair maiden with a neck so tender the thought of biting into it made his…moreOnce upon a moonlit night, a vampire stalked his prey through the forest, a fair maiden with a neck so tender the thought of biting into it made his dry, old vampire lips wet as if he were young again. However, the author, in his rush to complete the story in two sentences was forced to equip the maiden with a cross, stake, hammer, and garlic, all of which she used (in that order) to end the vampire’s eternal life, while saying, “Thif aufor ith really puthing the two sententh limit,” because despite being the fairest maiden in this story, she also had a dreadful speech impediment.(less)
Michael Gardner Good question, Juho :) But a book to read or write?

If I had to choose one to read, I'd probably go with The Lord of the Rings. I've read it fours…more
Good question, Juho :) But a book to read or write?

If I had to choose one to read, I'd probably go with The Lord of the Rings. I've read it fours times already, so I know it can sustain rereading.

Now, if I had to choose one to write, I'd go with my trilogy The Hand of the Khryseoi, which is only one book at this stage and needs the other two written. And it has taken me many years, so perhaps I need to go on a space expedition. Can you recommend one?(less)
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Five years old, free for five days

Ideal Match remains my personal favourite of the Romance in Four Seasons series written and published five years ago.

To celebrate the series turning five, Ideal Match is free for five days.

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After her marriage falls apart, Kate tries to find true love, but her Mr Right remains elusive. Then she discovers Ideal Match, the Internet dating site with a promise she can’t ignore… ‘love is gu... Read more of this blog post »
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Packed with variety, Dragon Scales and Other Tales is a fantasy feast paying homage to myths, legends and fairy tales. There are modern riffs on familiar tales and new twists on old ones. There’s comedy, drama, tragedy, romance and even verse.

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" If I had a dollar for every time Bradley Walsh said "was stood" to a contestant on The Chase, I'd have $116.

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If certain politicians – not naming names here – could get the world hooked on soma, this book will have to be reclassified as non-fiction.
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“Traumatic events can be compared to facing a demon pitcher on the baseball diamond. Life tells us we have to take a swing at the ball, but engaging this demon comes with consequences. If you make first base, you’ll feel the need to sleep. Not so bad. Second, you’ll want to forget it all happened. Don’t we all? But third base brings the onset of madness and if you step off the plate there’s only death. In the great game of life, sometimes it’s better to strike out than hit a home run. After all, you can relax in the Dugout with friends until you’re ready to knock the demon out of the park.”

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“If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.”
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“I've been read, therefore I am.”
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“Traumatic events can be compared to facing a demon pitcher on the baseball diamond. Life tells us we have to take a swing at the ball, but engaging this demon comes with consequences. If you make first base, you’ll feel the need to sleep. Not so bad. Second, you’ll want to forget it all happened. Don’t we all? But third base brings the onset of madness and if you step off the plate there’s only death. In the great game of life, sometimes it’s better to strike out than hit a home run. After all, you can relax in the Dugout with friends until you’re ready to knock the demon out of the park.”

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Patricia Hamill Thanks for the friend invite, Michael.

I loved your book Iron William and the Carpenter's Tears. Such an excellent story!


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Kevis Hendrickson Thanks for the friend-vite, Mike. It's great to be friends with another passionate writer.


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