D. L. Gardner


With a passion for a good wholesome story D.L. Gardner also (Dianne Lynn Gardner) dives into the adult and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Dianne loves a book that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships, spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets many of her stories for young adults, all of her books are enjoyed by all ages.

Dianne was born in Ohio and raised in southern CA. She attended Northern AZ University and later continued her education in the Pacific Northwest. She's an oil painter, book illustrator, screenwriter and filmmaker. She writes under the names of D. L. Gardner and Dianne Lynn Gardner. Her dystopia novel Altered has hit the best sellers chart and her underwater romance, Pouraka is sure to spark interest. Newest to her collection is the hilarious vampire satire, An Unconditional Mr. Peadlebody.

Recently published are the complete trilogy to Ian's Realm Saga and Diary of a Conjurer.
For more books by Dianne see Dianne Lynn Gardner on Amazon.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Book 4 of the Ian's Realm Saga. The tale of a young man looking for his identity, an old wizard who knows who the young man is, and a sorceress queen who can’t wait for him to discover himself so that her long lost treasure is back in her hands. Diary of a Conjurer is book IV of the Ian’s Realm Saga. A fast paced journey of deception, treachery, and love. With the same characters in the prequels:Silvio the wizard, the Xylonites, Amleth, and Aren. A new cast enters: the wicked queen of Taikus, a mysterious young man named Ivar and a beautiful warrior woman named Promise. Included in this edition are the four short stories A Tale of the Four Wizards: Patriarchs of the Realm. Learn how the major cities of the charted lands of the Realm came to be, the wizards that gave them their names, with foreshadowing of times and places to come.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love story telling, especially stories of make believe. I spent many years being an artist and felt that my artwork, though it told a story, was not sufficient and completely satisfying. It's often said that authors will write stories they would want to read, and its true for me. I longed for the world of C.S. Lewis' s Narnia, Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Lands of OZ or Peter Pan. So I wrote my first book Deception Peak (after painting a 9 ft dragon of course) and it all blossomed from there.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find D. L. Gardner online

Where to buy in print


Cassandra's Castle TV Teaser
We've formed a company, Xylon Productions LLC, dedicated to bringing the story of Cassandra's Castle to film. With the endorsement of legendary actor Robert Miano, and actress Karolyn "ZuZu" Grimes (from It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart) we hope to shout this tale out to the world!


This member has not published any books.

D. L. Gardner's favorite authors on Smashwords

Latest book: Don't Eat Humans: A Dragon's Rulebook on Life. Published March 4, 2016. (3.33 from 3 reviews)