John Reynolds Gardiner was an author, engineer, inventor, rock ‘n roll singer, door-to-door salesman, songwriter, and Santa Claus. His first book, Stone Fox, was published in 1980 and has sold more than 3,000,000 copies. He was an avid subscriber of The Writer Magazine and submitted articles.
In 1980, he received the Notable Book Award for his children’s book, Stone Fox, from the Children's Literature Council of Southern California and the American Library Association. He also received a PEN Award from the PEN Center for his book Top Secret, the 1987 George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books Recognition of Merit Award, and the Maud Hart Lovelace Award.
John earned a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of California in Los Angeles. Working as an engineer for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, he predicted the temperature of electronic components on satellites. His part-time jobs included being a rock singer and Santa Claus at Sears™.
He offered seminars in writing and marketing children’s books at colleges and universities. John did a lot of traveling in his lifetime, having lived and worked in Ireland, El Salvador, Germany, Italy, England, and Mexico. He was married to Gloria and had three daughters.