WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT’S YOUR DEAL?
Good question. By day, I'm a mild-mannered receptionist, and by night, I'm usually tearing the world apart or removing folk's hearts. What's my deal? Darkness.
WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT PROJECT?
I'm currently working on a dystopian fairy tale about orphans and marionettes, provisionally titled Cobwebs Strings of the Rotting House.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR INFLUENCES?
Tim Burton. Lemony Snicket.
Perhaps not influences, but many of my stories contain butterflies, hearts and strange men in pinstripe suits.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR STUFF?
My books (Barbed Wire Hearts, Theatre of Curious Acts, and Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits) are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository. My latest short story was published in Something Wicked, a South African magazine, and I have a story forthcoming in Dagan Book's Fish anthology.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU?
I have a blog - www.categardner.net. I'm also far too active on twitter - http://twitter.com/categardner - that is I never stop tweeting. I think I have a problem. Okay, I know I have a problem. Tweet me.
INDULGE IN SOME SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION-WHAT SHOULD WE BE BUYING OR READING OR WATCHING OR LISTENING TO WITH YOUR NAME ON IT?
I have two novellas available. Theatre of Curious Acts (Hadley Rille Books), the hero of which, Daniel Cole, is a Great War soldier who falls in love with Death while battling the Horsewomen of the Apocalypse, dragons and a sinister theatre manager. Barbed Wire Hearts (Delirium Books) is the tale of a boy who loses his heart, a dead girl whose heart has started beating again, and the goatish man who steals into their town.
Thank you for the interview, Joshua.