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The family calls Dylan “slow" and his abusive mother claims he’s wicked. He might not think fast. He takes awhile to form the words he wants, but Dylan has magic. He can spin marbles from oyster shells, and whip up Chicken Alfredo by tapping his thumbs together. Dylan hopes to be a famous chef someday and put his magic to good use. Unfortunately the only one to appreciate his supernatural abilities is his loving uncle and caretaker, a disabled Vietnam veteran. When Uncle Jim dies, Dylan is thrust into a world he's not ready for.

  • D.L. Gardner
    Cassandra's Castle, Ian's Realm
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    Fantasy, Drama, magical realism, coming of age, diverse
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    United States
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  • European Cinematography Awards
    April 9, 2019
    Best Screenplay
  • L.A. Edge Film Award
    L.A. CA
    June 2, 2019
    Best Screenplay
  • Mile High Film Festival
    Denver CO
    April 1, 2020
    Best US Screenplay
  • Madras International Film Festival
    June 7, 2020
  • Prix Royal
    April 28, 2020
    Best Screenplay
  • Moondance Film Festival
    September 14, 2019
    Best Screenplay
  • New York Cinematography Award
    NY, USA
    June 15, 2019
Writer Biography - D.L. Gardner
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D.L. Gardner is a novelist and screenwriter. She writes primarily fantasy novels including all sub genres, with a love for historical fantasy. A lover of the classics, both visual and literary, she believes a story should be good enough to hand down from one generation to the next.

Dianne is the creator of Ian's Realm Saga, a best selling fantasy 6 book series which she is still working on. Her teaser film Cassandra's Castle has won numerous awards and is book 5 of the series. She is now working on the first books with anticipation of making a TV series.
Winner of Book Excellence Award, Best Urban fantasy at Imaginarium Convention, and a host of screenings and trophies for her historical fiction screenplay Cassandra's Castle.

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Writer Statement

I drove a bus for the disabled for a few years and fell in love with the passengers -- autistic, Downs syndrome and others -- knowing that they are much more intelligent than people give them credit for. I wanted to write a story that shows the inner struggle they go through, their hopes and their fears and that they are (as Liona puts it) "just like everyone else."

I believe a story, whether a novel or a screenplay, should have substance and quality that lasts from one generation to the next.