I’m excited to have the chance to take a peek into the world of another new-to-me author. Today we are talking with D.L. Gardner.
About D.L. Gardner:
A young adult and young-at-heart fantasy novelist living in the Pacific Northwest USA. Noted for her novels, screenplays, and film projects, she writes in all subgenres in the fantasy genre including adventure, historical, urban and comedy.
Today we’ll be discussing the book Thread of a Spider:
Following an ambush at the Upton Rail Station in 1921 Ireland, British troops burn Ailis’ home to the ground and arrest her fiancé, Liam, for murder. She and her younger brother Paddy flee to an enchanted glen. Lured by a haunting song, Paddy is abducted by forest folk. Perilous obstacles, and a questionable stranger, hinder Ailis’ attempts to find her brother or free her fiancé, until her only hope for survival rests on the magic of the Fae.
The light was nothing like a headlamp, nor anything man-made, nor anything man could conceive of making. It was, rather, a globe of illumination having no source whatsoever that Paddy could decipher. The brilliant glow appeared to be powered on its own. It hovered in space, casting a beam on the surrounding foliage and reflected like stars in the babbling creek. The longer he stared, the more transparent the radiance became, until he saw a lone figure inside the bauble—a most amazing creature. A woman, nay, a faerie the size of his hand. Slender with long, golden hair and smooth, white skin. She wore a flowing tunic that danced in the breeze of her own making and took on all the color of the globe that burned brilliantly around her. Her wings were a delicate lavender that fluttered like butterfly wings and changed hues from blue to periwinkle as she stirred. Beads of light reflected on a spider’s web which forked out across the foliage surrounding her—spires of ivory lace from which she tugged a single thread. With one end of the fiber in her teeth, she worked her fingers charmingly, so that the filament wound into a beautiful ball of yarn.
Questions & Answers:
It’s time to delve into the Q. & A. This my favourite part. My questions are crafted to give a reader a clear look at how an author writes; what drives them; and what can be expected in their books.
Question: Who is your favourite character in your book and why?
My favorite character in my book is Paddy. Whereas the story is mostly about his sister Ailis and her struggles to free her fiancé, Paddy’s the one that befriends the Fae, and convinces them to help the Irish win the war. He’s a feisty 15-year-old wanting to fight, yet hating himself for killing a man. He loves his family, his country and he learns to love the forest folk as well. There’s something to be said about passion, and Paddy is passionate!
Question: Please describe him/her/they a) physically b) their personality.
He’s 15, red hair, a bit tall for his age. Lots of freckles. A real Irishman and proud of it. He everything a boy that age can be. A tease to his sister. Zealous. Anxious to join the Volunteers and fight but when he finally does fire that gun, the damage is devastating. His heart is as big as a pot of gold, and he embraces myth as quick as he embraces reality. He wants nothing more than to have his family safe, and his country free.
Question: Could I have a couple of quotes from your book of dialogue that shows that personality?
Zealous for his friend, Tommy, when he understands that the boy’s been kidnapped by Fae.
“Magic,” he snarled. “Fae!” He crumpled the cloth with his fist, and shoved the fabric into his pocket. “I’ll find you Tommy, I swear. By the sword of Saint Michael, I’ll find you and bring you back home.”
A tease to his sister.
He interrupted her thoughts. “You’ve heard the tale of the Black Boar? The dark swine is evil, Ailis.”
She glanced at him. His eyes were still closed. “What are your blathering ‘bout?”
“The spirit of the Black Boar. Chased from Northern Ireland to West Cork.”
“Sure, and that’s but a tall story!” she said.
“Thought they had killed him, but he came alive again, and lives to this day.”
Paddy opened one eye and stared at her intensely. “In the form of a Brit.”
Passionate for his country and his countrymen.
There was fury in Paddy’s voice, and his face burned red with passion. “He’s a snitch. He’s going to have everyone we know either shot or hanged. Ailis, he shot you and left you for the buzzards! No one does that to my family. No one! He needs to die!”
Question: What genre would you say the book falls into?
Question: Are there any trigger warnings and/or explicit content readers should know about?
There is violence.
Question: Do you have any upcoming events?
I have a book signing coming up in Western WA.
Question: What is next for you? Do you have anything in the works?
I’m currently writing a WWII historical romance based on the actual letters and life of a nurse in England and a wounded infantryman she cares for.
Question: Do you have any special mentions? (Editor, cover art etc…)
Cover artist Cover design Les Solot Les and Models which I hired for the photo Tess Stuart, and Kohde Rion Howard. Also, I want to thank ManuFixers for the encouragement and wonderful edits.
Question: If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Please describe the place rather than just a name. The weather, the time of day, the ground, the surroundings, foliage, etc.
I’d be in the green hills under misty clouds, a creek babbling at my feet, the sound of mourning doves in a stand of Paper Birch, the smell of mint and watercress surrounding me and the love of my life by my side.
Question: If the character from above were in that place, what would they be doing?
Considering there’s a war going on, I don’t think they would be enjoying the peace. I think they would looking for Fae, or tracking down the British that took Liam away.
Question: If your character was allowed one chance to say anything to your readers, what would he/she say?
Paddy would say, “Stay close to your loved ones, and don’t let them wander off where the woods are deep, or the fire of war burns. At least not without you watching their backs.
Question: If your character could donate to any charity, which one would he/she choose?
He’d be giving his coins to the unit his sister is a member of, Cumann na mBan.
If you’re interested, you can check out the following links to find out more about this author. Thank you D.L. Gardner and all my readers for your time!
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thread-of-a-spider-dl-gardner/1126687051?ean=9780692920480
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/D_L_Gardner_Thread_of_a_Spider?id=NNUtDwAAQBAJ