Christine lives in country Victoria, Australia with her husband and Siberian Husky, Esky. She has five adult sons and two grandsons and now spends as much time as possible writing all kinds of novels.
She has several books on Amazon, ranging from fantasy for children to true crime for adults, as well as a book of short stories including Brown Dog.
Her latest books are a rural romance series, a historical fiction and a ghost story. More information is on her blog: https://cmsgardnerblog.wordpress.com/fiction-and-non-fiction/
Describe your desk
A mess is probably the most accurate description. My 'office' is in the lounge-room and I have an old photo on the top shelf of the desk of our family when the boys were little and hubby and I were young.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia and spent my early years living on a citrus orchard. I don't remember much about the orchard, but I do remember watching Mum pulling the gizzards from chickens at the dining-room table. Fascinating. We moved across the border to Victoria when I was 7 and I spent most of my childhood in the country there. I'm not sure if any location affects my writing--possibly I'm a bit more laid-back about it than city folk? I really don't know. I did live in a Sydney suburb for a year as a teenager and no doubt that had some effect on me. The best thing about living in Sydney was going to live shows--I saw the Rolling Stones and the Easybeats, Normie Rowe's farewell concert before he went off to Vietnam and lots of others I've forgotten, as has the world in general.