Interview with Pearl A. Gardner

Describe your desk
My desk is always littered with scribbled notes and used coffee cups.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in a small Yorkshire town in the UK. My home town has a strong industrial heritage but a few minutes away from the densly populated areas are the wide skies and rolling green hills that Yorkshire is famous for.

I've lived in many places, including Belgium, Germany, and the South of England. I've visited many countries, from Australia to America and Canada, but I wouldn't live anywhere else. Yorkshire is such a beautiful place.

I love to write about the area and Yorkshire features strongly in many of my books.
When did you first start writing?
When I could hold a pencil. I wrote letters to the Queen of England, Winston Churchill's widow, and the Prime Minister. I received replies too!

I wrote my first 'book' when I was nine. (I didn't try to get it published, though. It was nowhere near good enough.)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I struggled for years to get my work in print. I was successful with articles and short stories but my full-length fiction never quite made it with the big publishers. I have a three-inch-thick file of rejections and excuses. All encouraging about my skills as a writer, but none that were eager enough to engage with me.
When I discovered eBooks and realised how easy it was to publish on-line, I took the plunge. Now, with more than twenty novels published, I don't have time to look back. I'm too busy writing the next one.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Feeling the words flowing through my fingertips. There's no better feeling for me, than creating a world and populating it with new friends.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them, I'd be nothing.
What are you working on next?
A series of paranormal crime novels. Each book will be a stand alone read but the main characters will be the same throughout.

Kerry is almost thirty. She can see and hear dead people. She grew to understand them as naturally as other children learned to speak. She also sees auras and can sense the emotions and moods of people around her.

Her family struggled to understand her powers but now see Kerry’s colourful and unusual view of the world as a gift. However, Kerry prefers not to witness some things from the other side. Most spirits are benign but some scare the hell out of her.

She contacts spirits for grieving relatives but her main love is helping the police solve crimes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, Audrey Niffenegger, and so many others I don't have space or time to mention.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun. I love a good sunny day. If there are clouds and rain, I'd prefer to turn over and snuggle down, but I don't. I'm pretty good at self motivating. By the time I've had breakfast, I usually have a list of things to do in my head.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching TV, household chores, shopping, the usual stuff that most people do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually have an author in mind and do a search to see what's new, but I often end up surfing to new authors and I love to try something different.
Published 2016-02-09.
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