Gardiner practiced law in Los Angeles and taught writing at the University of California Santa Barbara. She’s a former collegiate cross-country runner and a three time Jeopardy! champion. She divides her time between London and Austin, Texas.
Her new stand-alone thriller is Phantom Instinct.
Recently I asked the author about what she was reading. Gardiner's reply:
I’m a judge for the 2015 Edgar Awards, so am reading a fantastic selection of mysteries… about which I am sworn to confidentiality. Let’s just say that I’m lucky, and readers who love suspense novels have a wonderful selection of books to choose from this year.Visit Meg Gardiner's website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.
I’m also reading Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety. It’s a history of America’s nuclear weapons program, and it’s riveting. The Manhattan Project, the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command, the Cuban Missile Crisis—the book brings home how we’ve lived on a knife-edge for decades. The Damascus accident deals not with Syria, but with a Titan II missile buried in a silo in Arkansas. In 1980 a maintenance accident caused a leak of explosive fuel. The missile’s 9 megaton warhead had three times the explosive power of all the bombs dropped in WWII. The struggle to prevent catastrophe is grippingly told.