The spotlight today is on author Patricia Stover and her story “Creepers”. It’s one of thirty five short stories from authors around the world, available now in Scout Media‘s latest anthology A Journey of Words

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: A bitter old woman in a competition to win a gardening contest finds a creepy greenhouse.
What inspired you to write this story? It was the first story I had ever written. I wrote it for my first creative writing class years ago. When I heard about the AJOW anthology I wanted to be a part of it but the deadline was closing in and I didn’t have a story. I dug through some of my old writing and came across this one, originally titled, “The Perfect Garden”.
How long have you been writing? About 9 years
What genre do you usually write and why? Horror. I grew up watching horror films and reading Goosebumps.
What else are you working on writing at the moment? I am writing my first book, “Hitchhiking With The Devil”.
What advice do you have to give new writers? Write as much as you can, and what you don’t know about writing research it.
How can people discover more about you and your work?


About Laurie Gardiner

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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