Welcome Leighgendaries to the twenty sixth edition of 10 Questions With…
Today, our guest is:
Ian Garner is a 20 year old college student, majoring in Education. For the past few years, he has been heavily involved in community theatre, even winning a few best actor awards for his roles. Garner has been writing actively since his junior year of high school, and received the Gold Key Award in the Scholastic Scholarship Writing Competition during his senior year for a short story he wrote, Forevermore. Garner is a walking Batman encyclopedia and he loves comic books.
It’s time for:
10 Questions With Ian Garner
1.) What is something that many people might not know about you?
I’m 5′ 8″, and most folks look at me funny when I tell them I played Upward basketball twice as a preteen.
2.) What inspired you to write your first book?
Forevermore came to pass because of a dream I had. I took that dream and wrote down the details on paper, and within three days I had a story. I like to think my best work comes from dreams.
3.) Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Stephen Lawhead. I love Celtic mythology and folklore, and his series, The Song of Albion Trilogy, is absolutely brilliant. From character development to world-building, the man is genius.
4.) If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Neil Gaiman. I read American Gods during my last semester of high school and he and I need to talk.
5.) What book are you reading now?
6.) Are there any new authors that have captured your interest?
Patrick Rothfuss. (He may not be new, but he’s new to me.) The Name of the Wind is pure gold.
7.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in any of your books?
Regarding my first short story published on Amazon.com, Whispers, I’d probably wait at least a week after I had written it to publish it. I’d tweak it a little more, get a few more pairs of eyes to look it over before publishing it.
8.) Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Here’s a little teaser from my short story, Roswell.
Do you remember the day you were reborn? I do. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, I emerged renewed. It all started one hot July day back in 1947. This is my story.
“Frank, it’s Leroy. I know you’re on vacation with the missus, but I’d be obliged if you could come out to the base.”
I groaned, letting Leroy hear my obvious frustration. Pamela had a nice meal set out for lunch. It had been too long since we shared a nice meal together.
“Fine. But this better not be some stupid prank.” I slammed the phone down on the receiver, kissed my lovely wife, grabbed my briefcase, and walked out to the truck.
The day was scorching hot. The sun shone bright and heat waves danced across the New Mexico sand. I rolled down the windows of the old Ford, drumming my fingers along the steering wheel. I was at the air base in less than 15 minutes. I pulled into the compound, tipping my hat at the guards. I knew them well; granted, in a town the size of Roswell, you know everybody pretty well.
Leroy greeted me as I stepped inside the hangar, sweating as he carried his girth.
“This better be good, Leroy. I’m missing out on cherry pie and a rack of ribs because of you.”
Leroy huffed as he led me through a series of doors, each leading deeper into the base. We came to an old hangar, some restricted area only those with the highest security clearance got to enter.
“Trust me, Frank, this is bigger than that. Bigger than anything in all of history.”
And then I saw it. A small grey body, with huge black eyes, a tiny nose, no visible ears from what I could tell. I was completely, utterly stunned.
9.) If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?
The state of illiteracy.
10.) A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
When I was 15, I went down to Mexico. I shot a penguin and was promptly chased back to the states by his angry relatives.
Today, as I sit at the table writing this, a lone penguin approaches. “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
Go ahead, pimp whatever book you want:
My new short story, American Son, just launched on Amazon.com. It’s a tale about an ordinary high school student who unites his classmates against a terrorist threat on campus. There are several twists and turns throughout that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I like to think of it as a “Red Dawn meets The Matrix” type of story. You can check it out here for only $0.99. When you finish, feel free to leave a review. Thanks!
GIVEAWAY: Ian Garner would like to give one lucky winner an ebook of his newest short story Home. All you have to do is answer the following question in the comment section:
What superpower would you have for a day, and what would you do with it?
This giveaway will run until Sunday night at 8:00 pm (est). Good luck to everyone.
I would like to thank Ian Garner for joining us for the latest edition of 10 Questions With… I hope you enjoyed learning about this up-and-coming author. You can follow him on Facebook or on his Author Central Page.
Zack Mason is an ordinary boy, working his way quietly through high school. When armed terrorists take over the school, Zack must summon all his courage to lead his classmates in victory against the threat.
Kyle Wilson wakes up in a hospital room alone. When he realizes why, he embarks on a journey within himself to find redemption.
When a spacecraft crashes in New Mexico, nothing will ever be the same for a local coroner and the rest of mankind.
Bruce hears voices. Whispers reminding him of death and betrayal. Now he must face the mistakes of his past so he can secure peace in his future.