Note from the Author
After my mom’s passing, my siblings and I discovered the hand-written partial manuscript of Garry The Gargoyle buried among her keepsakes in an old, worn cardboard box. Upon first reading my mom’s scratched notes, I knew that Garry was special. I also knew that the vision of Garry needed to come to life. Nearly twelve years later, The Adventures Of Garry The Gargoyle has arrived in full splendor for children and parents around the world to enjoy! Many have commented, 'What a wonderful gift finishing Garry is for your mother'. But through the process of writing this magical story, I realized that I am the true recipient of the gift. It is an honor to share this story with all of you.
- Karin Vardaman
- Karin Vardaman
About the Author
Karin was born in Newport Beach, California, and grew up in neighboring Laguna Beach, California. Her love of the ocean inspired her to study Marine Science in both California and Mexico. Karin has spent most of her career in environmental education and non-profit leadership with a focus on marine conservation and maritime history. While in California, Karin obtained her 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard certified captain’s license and spent over twenty years sailing tall ships off California’s Channel Islands. In addition, both she and her husband, George, enjoyed competing in open ocean distance swims and local sprint triathlons. Karin has also spent time volunteering in the country of Rwanda with her husband working on eye care and clean water projects.
In 2011, her passion turned to the wild wolf. During the last eight years Karin has become a leader in wolf conservation. Karin’s current focus is on mitigating wolf-livestock conflict and supporting working ranches. Karin has been an avid writer since childhood, writing both professionally and for personal interests. She has co-written two national award-winning education programs. Because of Karin’s background in education, she set out to write a children’s book that was not only designed to spark the imagination, but to provide an educational element as well. The goal was to weave historical detail, fun vocabulary, and a few life lessons into a fanciful story filled with adventure that would most certainly put a smile on any child or parent’s face.
Garry’s Upside-Down Adventure is the first in The
Adventures Of Garry The Gargoyle series. Karin now resides with her husband, three dogs, and a very spoiled horse in Indian Hills, Colorado.
About the Creator
Mary Christenson Wyman was born in 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Education. In 1964 she moved to Laguna Beach, California with her husband George Wyman III and their three young
children, George, Christen, and Karin. Mary spent 35 years with the Laguna Beach School District as a special education teacher and district Resource Specialist. She was awarded her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Pepperdine
University in 1979. After her retirement, Mary moved from her Laguna Canyon home to Sebastopol, California with her horse and beloved rescue dog, Jake. She passed away surrounded by her family in 2006 from lung cancer.
Mary’s vibrant personality was contagious, and she was loved deeply by so many whose lives were touched by her kind and special soul. She took great pleasure in hosting family and friend gatherings at her quaint Laguna Canyon home highlighted by her spectacular rose garden. An avid equestrian, Mary held a special love for American Saddlebred horses. She competed in pleasure riding and single-horse cart driving well into her late 70’s. Her deep appreciation and love for animals and nature was evident in
her poetry as well as her watercolor paintings. Mary enjoyed writing in her spare time, but never published. Through Garry’s Upside Down Adventure, Mary’s dream of publishing one of her many creative works has now come to fruition.
About the Illustrator
Paisley Hansen is an independent visual artist and illustrator based in Northern Indiana. Paisley began illustrating children's books and doing commission work in high school, which led her to pursue an art education at Ball State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2016 and is working full time as an artist today. While her client work is done digitally on a computer, Paisley enjoys painting watercolors in her personal art and spending time with animals outdoors in her free time. If you are interested in contacting Paisley to commission work or to view her online portfolio, please visit her website at paisleyhansen.com.
About the Editor
Paulette K. Kinnes is a professional editor and writer (and reader!) based in Denver, Colorado. The name of her company is Platinum Editing Group. Paulette spent 14 years in the legal field, drafting, editing, and proofreading documents for Colorado District Courts, the Colorado Court of Appeals, and the Colorado Supreme Court. She has often used her legal experience in her editing career. Fourteen years ago she took her show on the road, and her expertise now is in the magic that she produces assisting individual authors who wish to write and publish a book. She also loves working with authors in the developmental stages of their books. Paulette has worked with almost 300 authors in a variety of ways during her editing career, around the country and internationally.