ok, I just discovered this Series and I think it’s one that deserves attention. And I have the pleasure to have Dani for an interview so read up!
Storm Crossed, Grim Series Book 4 by Dani Harper.
The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .
Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.
Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”
Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?
And here’s the amazing Dani, let’s know her better.
Hi Dani and thank you for being here with us. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I sometimes envy those writers who think of a premise and then write about it. For me, the book is very much in the hands of the characters. They’re the ones who show up abruptly and tell me who they are, and eventually (if I’m lucky) they let me know what’s going on. Don’t get me wrong, I do plan and plot, I make charts and lists, and I have a storyboard in my office. But nine times out of ten, the characters run off in another direction entirely, leaving me to try to catch up.
Storm Crossed was like that – the characters had introduced themselves to me and dropped a few faint hints about the story. I worked hard on my plotting charts, but those got tossed early on! It’s exasperating, but it would have been far worse if I hadn’t learned from my previous books that the characters are always right. Always. They took Storm Crossed to some amazing places, and I truly believe it’s the best book in the series so far.
What was the biggest surprise you had after becoming a writer?
How much I love, love, LOVE my readers! I prize my relationship with them, and I feel so grateful for their kind support and constant encouragement. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a tough writing day, and then found an email or a message from a reader telling me that my stories really mean something to them. There isn’t a better feeling in the world!
What does your writing space look like?
I do have a real desk, but I almost never use it except when I’m sorting files. Instead, I have an exercise bike in my office with a built-in desktop that I can place my laptop on. That works great for about an hour a day or so, and the rest of the time I enjoy sitting at the kitchen table. It’s light and bright with big windows, and I can look out and see my chickens in the yard!
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
I was at the Central City Comicon in Washington State, and a reader recognized me! That was the very first time it had happened, and I was SO blown away by the idea that somebody actually knew who I was. She was absolutely wonderful, and we had a great visit. While I’ve met quite a few readers since then, that first time has a special place in my heart, and I smile every time I think about it.
Do you have quirky writing habits?
Sometimes when I’m working out a scene, and it’s really flowing, the tension is building, and thoughts are coming almost faster than I can process, I get hyper and feel like I NEED to eat something crunchy! It doesn’t matter what it is, carrots or plain popcorn or celery, but I absolutely must noisily chomp away some of that stress. I know, I don’t quite get it either…
Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
A couple of things come to mind.
One, there’s a great deal of pressure to produce, produce, produce, but not everyone can write at the same rate. Authors are individuals. Some can pound out six books a year, and others work just as hard to put out one.
Two, it surprises me how many people still assume that authors make a lot of money. For most of us, nothing could be further from the truth! This is a vocation you have to love for its own sake, particularly with the challenges of a rapidly-changing industry, increased competition for readers, and book piracy.
Ready for some rapid questions?
Sure, fire away!
Pen or computer.
Although I always carry a pen and paper with me in case I get an idea, I prefer the efficiency of my laptop. I’ve been keyboarding for enough years now that I can type almost as fast as I think!
Alone or in public.
Both! And sometimes, I do a bit better in public than at home. In your own house, you have chores like laundry and vacuuming and cooking that seem to always need doing – and if you ignore them, I swear they call out to you! It can get very distracting, especially if I’m working on a difficult scene. On those days, I pack up the laptop and head for a coffee shop or even a McDonald’s. The noise and chatter don’t bother me, because I’m not responsible for anything so my brain tunes it all out. In fact, some of my best work has been done in a very busy airport!
Routine or when inspiration strikes.
I do have a routine, but when a character starts talking to me, look out! I’ve gotten up at 3 in the morning because an idea came to me (usually a line of dialogue that leads to more and more and more…) And I’ve stayed home from events and social occasions when the writing is FLOWING!
If you were an animal, which one would you be?
I think I would truly enjoy being a wolf, or an eagle, in a very remote area of Alaska.
Do you have any scars? What are they from?
I have a few. The oldest ones are from tree-climbing and squeezing through barbed wire fences when I was kid!
A pet peeve.
First thought when the alarm goes off in the in the morning?
I get to have COFFEE now!
Thank you, Dani!
If you want to know more about Dani, her stories, or read some review, follow the Tour.
January 10 Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (Interview)
January 11 A Writer’s Mind (Interview)
January 12 Urban Fantasy Investigations (Guest Blog)
January 15 Fang-tastic Books (Guest Blog)
January 16 CBY Book Club
January 17 A Mama’s Corner of the World
January 18 Lisa’s World of Books
January 19 Roxanne’s Realm (Interview)
January 22 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom (Guest Blog)
January 23 SImply Kelina
January 24 INFINITE HOUSE OF BOOKS (Interview)
January 25 Supernatural Central (Interview)
January 26 T’s Stuff (Interview)
January 29 Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer (Interview)
January 30 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder (Interview)
January 31 Saph’s Books
February 1 Rabid Reads (Interview)
February 2 Other Worlds of Romance (Guest Blog)
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February 6 The Book Junkie Reads . . . (review)
February 7 BTH Reviews (Review)
About the Author:
Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.
A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn’t anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.
A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.
Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.
For more, visit her website at http://www.daniharper.com
Amazon Author Page – https://www.amazon.com/Dani-Harper/e/B004FD8RV2
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Dani_Harper or @Dani_Harper