MJ Gardner


MJ Gardner is a web developer by day, who lays in bed at night and wonders, what if....? Her stories have been published in Mad Scientist Journal, Luna Station Quarterly, Plan B and Saturday Night Reader. She self-published her first novel, Evelyn's Journal in 2015. The sequel, Joe Vampire, is due out in 2017. She also publishes a movie review blog called Movies Off the Beaten Path.

Gardner has an undergrad degree in English and Classics (Greek & Roman studies) and wrote her Master's thesis on The Vampire in English Literature. She taught English literature and technical writing at the post secondary level.

Gardner currently lives in Windsor, Ontario, Canada with her partner of 17 years and her cat Zoom. She is also the virtual curator of The Suicide Museum (thesuicidemuseum.com).

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is the same as my joy in reading. When I write I get to be someone else, somewhere else. Usually someone more exciting, or who is involved in a more exciting situation. I don't really want to be pursued by a psychopathic vampire stalker, but I can safely live it vicariously through writing. The difference between writing and reading, is that in writing I get to take the reins. Sometimes it's nice to be in control (at least so far as the characters will let you direct them) and sometimes it's nice to go along on someone else's ride.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've seen lots of stories about bestsellers that were initially rejected dozens of times. I've also seen some absolute drivel get published. It seems to be that the traditional publishing model is broken. Publishers are not gatekeepers of quality; they are gatekeepers of their own bottom line. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.
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Joe Vampire
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,150. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Joe is trying to build a life with Evelyn, his immortal and bloodthirsty lover. Living with her seems safer, and saner, than his troubled, drug-addicted teenage years. But can Joe cope with the strongest addiction of all?
Evelyn's Journal
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,510. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Evelyn is young, beautiful and rich. Finding a man to love should be easy. But being a vampire, and wanting to bite every man she gets close to, complicates matters. So does being stalked by the vampire who turned her, who has specific ideas about how Evelyn should behave and whom she should love. Book 1 of the Darkness & Light series

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