Today, on the A Journey of Words blog swap tour, it’s my turn! Read on to find out more about me and my short story “Retribution”. You can find it, and 34 other stories from authors around the world, here:

Brief synopsis of your AJOW story: They say life can change in the blink of an eye. Ray Tremblay is living proof. In one horrific moment his world shatters. Now, the man who destroyed his family has nowhere to hide, and Ray has nothing to lose.
What inspired you to write this story? Retribution was inspired by a news story I read about a family on a road trip.
How long have you been writing? As long as I can remember.
What genre do you usually write in? My first novel, Tranquility, is women’s fiction. The novel I’m working on now is contemporary young adult. I enjoy reading and writing in a wide variety of genres.
What else are you working on at the moment? I am currently working on a second novel and a short story.
What advice do you have to give to new writers? Never stop learning. The more you know about writing, and about yourself as a writer, the better you will become.
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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