Adele Gardner

About Me

Display Name

Adele Gardner


What I Write

Writing Sample

Excerpt from “Lake Heart” by Adele Gardner, published in Deep Magic, Dec. 2016,

The boat circled faster, riding the edge of the whirlpool.  Yancy clung to the dragon kite.  She could feel his fright even as he pumped for purchase with those fragile wings.  The kite piped, I’ll save you, Mistress!  Amid the sleet, the kite dove in and pecked the monster with his flapping beak.

The whirlwind moaned.  The waterspout slammed the boat.  As the vessel caved, Yancy dove beneath the waves.  Distorted by water, she heard her dragon box screaming in agony as the monster ripped it to shreds.

What I Write

I write in/for a wide variety of genres, formats, & age levels.  Fantasy & science fiction, literary, mystery, poetry & short stories, children’s, & more.


Cat-loving cataloging librarian Adele Gardner ( has a poetry collection (Dreaming of Days in Astophel) as well as over 400 poems, stories, illustrations, and essays published in venues such as Pedestal MagazineDaily Science FictionLegends of the PendragonNewMyths.comStrange Horizons, James Gunn’s Ad Astra, and more. Gardner is a two-time third-place winner in SFPA’s Rhysling Awards and a third-place winner in the Balticon Poetry Contest of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Adele lives and writes under her middle name to honor her father, mentor, and namesake, Delbert R. Gardner, for whom she serves as literary executor.

My Write-a-thon Goals

Writing Goals



6-18-19 update: I’m up & running with my creative goal of 17.5 hours a week!  That is, I did it last week, & am enthusiastically pushing to make it happen this week as well. Hoping this will give me a strong start when the WAT finally kicks off!

2019 Goals: Continue to work on ongoing projects (including book illustrations) with a goal of at least 105 hours of creative time over six weeks (17.5 hours a week).

Dear Sponsors!  Thank you so much!  I’m so excited that you’ve chosen me!  Please pardon my silence if I haven’t yet responded.  I don’t have the internet at home, and am probably scribbling away in a notebook right now, surrounded by cats or flowers.  Talk to you soon!