Interview with author Dani Harper
Quite simply, I adore the paranormal.
I write paranormal romance, blog about the paranormal, watch paranormal TV and movies, and read paranormal books of almost any kind. Stephen King once said he’d always had a love of the unquiet coffin … and all I can say is me too! Maybe it’s a gene, but I’ve been a bigger fan of Halloween than of Christmas all my life. It was only natural that werewolves, faeries, ghosts and other supernatural creatures would turn up to populate my stories.
As passionate as I am about the paranormal, I get just as excited about the printed word. I didn’t read stories as a kid, I was DANIKA, DEVOURER OF BOOKS! It was also evident from an early age that I wanted to participate in the writing process (going so far as to edit all my storybooks with orange crayon). It was no surprise to anyone when I was drawn to the newspaper business, eventually working my way up to editor of a small town weekly.
The year 2000 brought me a true eureka moment. I stumbled across an anthology, After Twilight, that contained a short story by Christine Feehan –Dark Dream. Up to that point, I’d had no idea that romance and the paranormal could be combined. What an incredible genre! I was instantly and completely hooked. I read my way through Feehan’s sexy Carpathian series, and looked for more. I discovered other great authors too, like JR Ward, Karen Chance, Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris, Kate Douglas, MaryJanice Davidson and Katie MacAlister.
Eventually, reading paranormal romance, even reading it a LOT, wasn’t enough. I started writing “just for fun” in my spare time. Not having much of that, I found myself getting up earlier in the morning, staying up later and later
at night, writing during my lunch hour … you get the picture. I became obsessed.
It was only a matter of time before I turned in my newspaper hat and became a novelist. Between exploring the paranormal on my blog and romancing the paranormal in my books, I’d found my niche.
Today, I live on an island in southeast Alaska, which is an adventure considering that I spent most of my life in the rural areas of landlocked northern Canada. You see, I met this salmon fisherman and married him …and yes, he inspires me every single day.
My stories are now written on land or at sea, and I just might be the only paranormal writer in existence who has to vacuum fish scales out of her laptop.
To find out more about her and her books visit: http://www.daniharper.com
Can you give a brief description of your book?
CHANGELING MOON by Dani Harper
He roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything—until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf’s vicious attack.
As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw… and ultimate evil.
What do you like most in your writing?
I love the paranormal and everything I write has one foot in the netherworld. I like the fact that anything can happen, that there are enormous – and unforeseen – possibilities.
What do you feel sets this book apart from others in the same genre?
I’ve taken the shapeshifter concept from the old legends of garwolves – creatures that retain their human nature while in wolf form. Called Changelings rather than werewolves, my hero and his pack live as ordinary humans, with jobs and homes and friends. The implications are that anyone could be a shapeshifter. Anyone at all.
You know the scenario – you’re stuck on an island. What book would you bring with you and why?
I’d bring a VERY thick blank notebook and a dozen pencils so I could write. In my everyday life I leave trails of notes wherever I go – ideas for my stories, snippets of dialogue, descriptions of characters, names, places, etc. I think being able to write things down would be essential to my mental health!
If you could go back and change one day, what would it be?
I used to think I’d like to change this and that in the past, but I don’t feel that way anymore. I’m very happy with where I am and who I am now, and I think everything I’ve experienced has brought me here.
Are you a different person now than you were 5 years ago? In what way/s?
Everyone is different five minutes or five days from now, nevermind five years. Our thoughts take us to new places and our emotions deepen. I definitely feel different, but it’s in a good way. I’d like to think my horizons have expanded!
What is the most important lesson you have learned from life so far?
That people can change, that they can learn and grow, and incredible things happen when they do. I try to show that in my stories.
Is there anything you regret doing/not doing?
I haven’t learned to dogsled yet. No, really, it’s on my list!
What is your favorite past-time?
Depends on the day. Reading of course, but also gardening, swimming, checking out museums, drawing or painting. Most of all, I love learning and I’ll watch a documentary on darn near anything.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
I’m grateful every day for my husband and family who have been a constant support throughout my writing journey. And I’m especially glad to have such wonderful readers who have cheered me on from the beginning. For me, the biggest reward of writing is feeling that my words have made a connection with someone. There’s nothing like it.