How Fantastical is Fantasy?

I don’t often write with anything political in mind. And when I do, I try to not throw in my opinion. But just like any other writer, you can’t stop putting some of yourself in your books. And if that part of you sees an injustice…well for me, I show it somehow even if it’s an opinion of one of my characters or an event that happens that magnifies the consequences of wrong actions.

One of my stories, ALTERED is a story about a family in the very near future who are targeted by a government re-designing the food supply in order to control what people think, how they act, and how the government can use them. Each member of the family is affected in different ways and the story follows the youngest member, a 12-year-old girl, and her fight to change things for the better. I was inspired by things that were happening in the world, and said to myself, what would happen if control of the food supply really got out of hand? I think I did pretty good keeping my opinion out of it. In fact, one reviewer commended me for keeping it a dystopia adventure story rather than a political rant.

Well, DARKNESS HOLDS THE SON touches on something that’s been happening in our world too. And it was also inspired by current events and hopefully, it will open eyes because it focuses on our children and how necessary we are as parents to look out for them and their well-being. No one can do as well as we who brought them into this world! That’s all I’m going to say unless people want to discuss the story after it’s published.

I just sent it to the editors. I’m excited to clean it up and get it to you. In the meantime, enjoy a little excerpt word art. I love making these.

Darkness Holds the Son takes us to a small village named Tuluva where Jareth, an unemployed mercenary, and his wife and two children are raising goats to sustain themselves. Things go well for them until the land-baron of Ogress raises their taxes, forcing Jareth to pick up his crossbow and return to the battlefield. Jareth has an even more pressing problem than keeping his family out of debtor’s prison, though. His son Crispin has seizures that are caused by magic and if Jareth doesn’t find the source soon, it could be fatal as the boy hears voices instructing him to kill his father. On Jareth’s quest, he discovers that the same affliction is haunting all the children in the kingdom.

Join Jareth, his wife, and King Barin in this new adventure as they search the Neverworld and half of Casdamia to find and destroy that which has taken the youth of their world captive.

FYI the book can be pre-ordered at retailers now.

About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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