This site is about and written by Erika Gardner. I’m a writer. I’m a native Californian (sixth generation San Franciscan!) and a product of public schools- yes, really.
I like spicy food, twilight, dark chocolate (with sea salt-yum!) and nickel slots at Vegas. I love time with friends, a nice glass of red wine, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” & “Doctor Who” and good conversation. My favorite things to do are running, cooking, reading, needlework, gardening… and of course, writing. My favorite music is heavy metal. I adore my family. I am very short, fairly loud and I have dark eyebrows. The rest, as my hero Anne McCaffrey once said in her bio, “is subject to change without notice”.
Okay, Pitch Wars Peeps- it’s time for me to… Pimp My Bio! Yep- time for this Wanna-be Mentee to make her case.
Mentors, if you choose me here’s what Life With Erika means… Oh, and I mean all of this… check my blog and my FB author page to verify. I am hoping you will take on my NA fantasy novel, Sea Strand. At its essence, it is a story we’ve all lived, that moment when we realize that WE are the grown-up even though we just aren’t ready, but there are powers swirling just beneath the tides and a world in danger so we step up.
Because we have to.
1.) I write because there are voices in my head that tell me to. No, no, not the scary kind. The whimsical, magical, this way to OZ kind. I create people who deserve to be. They should live and they should be loved, because they are AWESOME! Kind, silly, brave, clever, flawed, weak– they range from a black (literally) Irishman, to a half-sea nymph, half-Japanese lesbian kick-ass druid warrior to a siren caught between light and dark. They and so many others deserve to be known.
2.) Our last, greatest frontier on earth is Inner Earth, the Sea and we should dive in, revel in it, and love it. There is magic in the waves and stories abound there. You knew it the first time you put a sea shell to your ear as a child and it is no different now.
3.) If you love fantasy, magical realism, all of it, then you never stopped believing in the barely possible, that perfect fantastic moment just beyond what the normal eye can see. That’s my world and I want to share it. Myths and gods awaken just off the California coast.
4.) I am fearless. My critique group (the Beer & Bacon Babes- yes, we call ourselves babes) have ripped me a new one more times than I can count. I’ve argued and cried, and then I realized, it made the work better. Nose to the grindstone. I can take it. I stopped whining a long time ago. Your efforts and time will not be wasted. I’m ready to do this.
5.) There’s plenty more in me. I am not a one trick pony. I have a career inside of me. If you partner with me you’ll be able to point to me years later and say, “Yep, you see all those books, those beautiful stories, those gorgeous tales? I launched that.“
There’s more of course… I’m silly, I’m stubborn, emotional, whimsical and loyal. I love people and this gorgeous world we live in together. I am a believer in happy endings, good conquers evil in the end, and that a strong woman can do anything.
I could bribe you with wine, chocolate, cookies and my husband’s yummy barbecue, but better yet– read my story. Ask for more pages. Come along for the ride. It’s wild, it’s different, and you know what? It’s FUN.
Pick me. After all, I picked you.
Don’t worry, the goodies I mentioned? They come standard. And– thank you. Thank you all so much for doing this.