About

Laurie Gardiner

Bio: Laurie has loved writing as long as she can remember. Her first published work, “'Til Death Do Us Part,” placed first in the 1997 Cambridge Writers’ Collective short story contest. Her latest works include short stories, “Retribution" and "Thief," appearing respectively in Scout Media's 2016 and 2017 anthologies, A Journey of Words and A Haunting of Words. Over the years, her poetry has also been published in various anthologies. Her debut novel, Tranquility, published in 2015, by Escargot Books and Music, was inspired by her work as a personal support worker specializing in dementia care. In 2015, she graduated with honors from Conestoga College’s Creative Writing program. She’s a Canadian, an avid reader, a yogi, and a Gemini. She grew up on a farm in remote northern Ontario, and now lives in Cambridge, Ontario with her husband and cat.

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  1. Oh boy Laurie, I have just read your Commuterlit exerpt from Tranquility, and you so nailed a day in the life of any given facility across the country where dementia patients abide. I have been a nurse since the late 60s in Sudbury, Elliot Lake and Thunder Bay, and for the past 10 years have taught the PSW program, so I was thrilled to see such a factual and well-written slice of institution life at mealtime. I can put faces to most of the patient names and personalities mentioned in today’s Commuterlit offering, and want more. I will try to get your novel ASAP–I am semi retired but a working musician in a bluegrass band as well, so don’t get too much time to read. You can go to my little spot at http://www.amazon.com/Gloria-Jean-Hansen/e/B00CC7SKUQ for some background. If you ever ever come to the Elliot Lake area, please call me at 705 848 0448 and we can swap some caregiver stories over a cuppa at Timmy’s or my house. Also have lots of room if you need a place to stay!
    Good stuff, Laurie–you made my day!
    Gloria

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