Believe it or not, The Dragon in The Garden started out as a children’s book. In fact, it began in my own backyard. As my last name might indicate, I love to garden. Being your basic Dungeons & Dragons, fantasy kind of girl, my garden is full of statues depicting magical creatures: mermaids, Green Men, gnomes, fairies… and one dragon.
Here she is, the dragon in my garden. And yes, as in the book, she lies at the base of an apricot tree.
I had intended it to be middle grade. Gazing at the figure, this lovely idea came to me. A little girl wandering her grandmother’s garden, touching the various garden statues, smelling the flowers until she realizes that there is one statue that is special. It is not a simple figure made of stone; it is a dragon in hiding. The child, named Siobhan, calls the dragon Daisy and they become friends. Siobhan has a talent, no magical powers, just a special ability. She can see the absolute truth. She sees through lies, illusions, even spells.
Sure sounds like it could be a children’s book, right? Kind of sweet, even, right? Yeah, that would be a resounding no. A hot fallen angel crept into the mix, then a love interest (also a hot fallen angel) and an even hotter King of the Fey. I found myself shaking my head at my computer saying, “Um, I am not a children’s writer.” My understanding is that middle grade publishers frown on sex scenes. Not to mention the violence in the epic battle near the book’s culmination.
Instead, I ended up with a sweeping fairy tale written for adults who never want to grow up. After all, where’s the fun in that?
About the Book
The Dragon in the Garden
by Erika Gardner
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication Date: February 19, 2016
There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours.
It’s time to find out why she has this power.
Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future.
About the Author
Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing full-time in 2011.
Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their three amazing kids, and their chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations, or to debate which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it’s Brave New World), you can find her online at www.erikagardner.com.
Author Website – http://erikagardner.com/