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Author Q&A ft Dianne Gardner | Thread of a Spider Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents #YA | Historical #Fantasy

This young adult historical fantasy is on virtual tour and stops here today with an interview with Dianne. Enjoy! Don't forget to enter...

This young adult historical fantasy is on virtual tour and stops here today with an interview with Dianne. Enjoy!

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

[Isn't the book cover awesome!?!]


What inspired you to write this book?
I enjoyed writing my historical fantasy Cassandra’s Castle so much that I wanted to dive into the genre once again. Being a lover of all things Irish I decided to explore their myth, and their history which took me on a journey of reading books like Paddy’s Lament, On Another Man’s Wounds, and Guerrilla Warfare in Ireland by Tom Barry. I was overwhelmed with compassion learning about all the horrible things that had happened to those people, and their magnificent restoration, that I knew I had to write about their fight for independence. Interweaving war, and the legend seemed like a wondrous adventure and so Thread of a Spider was born, though it had two other titles before I came up with this one. One thing I discovered and admire about the Irish is that even in those horrible times, they maintained a remarkably healthy attitude. They danced, they sang, and some of the best poets came from Ireland in the darkest years.

What can we expect from you in the future?
Currently I am writing a historical romance based on the letters of an in law during WWII. After that I want to get back to Ireland and bring Ailis and Paddy’s brother home from America and dive into the Civil War in 1923. I’ve also left some characters foraging in Mexico in my book Altered, with some very important loved ones still prisoners of a tyrannical government in the US. And in my Ian’s Realm Saga, the prince was left with the key to the portal and a war raging. All those things need to be tended to.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I have one to Thread of a Spider which I posted in my newsletter not long ago, and which I will probably send out again.
I hope to be writing more side stories about the characters in Thread of a Spider as soon as possible. I do have side stories for some of my other books, which I post in my newsletter from time to time. You can subscribe to my website to get them.

What book do you think everyone should read?
Paddy’s Lament. The recounting and personal witness of the famine in Ireland would help solve the problem of world hunger and hard heartedness. After reading that book while doing research for Thread of a Spider, I will never look at hunger, or racism in the same light again. I think the book would open eyes to the need for compassion toward our brothers, and I also think those who complain that their lives are in a bad way, would readjust their thinking. Nothing compares to the devastation that took place in Ireland during the famine while the island was still producing food enough to feed the Irish, but which the British shipped to England. My eyes were opened! The book should be required reading for all high school students, and brought up for discussion as well.
"I have visited the wasted remnants of the once noble Red Man on his reservation grounds in North America, and explored the Negro quarter of the degraded and enslaved African," wrote one English traveler in a letter from Ireland in 1847, "but never have I seen misery so intense, or physical degradation so complete, as among the dwellers in the bog holes of Ireland." -Paddy's Lament, Thomas Gallagher.

Thread of a Spider
by D.L. Gardner
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy


When all attempts to save her fiance fail, Ailis must rely on the magic of the forest folk. 

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 fiance, until her only hope for survival rests on the magic of the Fae.

˃˃˃ A bitter uprising in Ireland is taking place and two siblings are tossed in the battle, facing death, believing in love, and hoping in magic. 

1920 found Ireland at the peak of tensions that had been building for centuries. Famine, tyranny and strife robbed the Irish of their homes, their lives and their country. Four years after the Easter Rising, pressure became so great, that the southern Irish took up arms against the British and fought for a free nation. Thread of a Spider, a historical fantasy, weaves history and Irish myth together to tell a story about two teenage siblings caught in the war and swathed in the legends of Erie.˃˃˃ A fantasy based on history woven with rich Irish lore.

With a passion for a good wholesome story, 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. Dabbling in screenwriting, she's won screenings and a trophy for some of her film projects. 

She loves a tale that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships, spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.

D.L. Gardner is a columnist for the science fiction and fantasy publication Amazing Stories Magazine

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