Today I’d like to extend a super-warm welcome to Ari Harper. Psst *whispers* it’s her birthday.
Hi Ari. Welcome to AO&R and congrats on your new release. Can you tell us a little about Changeling?
In Book One we met Nera and her friends. The book centred around the curse placed upon her family 800 years ago and the lengths she would have go to save her favourite uncle. In Book Two, Changling, the focus is on Sully, her best friend and where he fits in the scheme of things.
Your series, Curse of the Kin, centers around witchcraft. We’d love to hear a little about your magic system. Did you create it or is it an existing system?
I think magic is universal and anything you write or think you invent has been done before. What I did was try to do was keep my spells and themes as true to history as I could and did a lot of research for that part. The spells I use date back hundreds of years. It also gave me a good reason to buy some amazing research books which I love to have sitting on my kitchen counter to browse through.
Sound fascinating and time consuming. I love researching history. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in the name of writing research?
Climbed underneath an old house to take photos of where convicts were kept at night. Really spooky.
You are much braver than me! YA is such a popular category, what drew you writing stories for young adults?
I’m not really sure. Possibly because I never really grew up. I still love climbing around in the mud with the kids and exploring. I read a lot of YA and NA as well. It’s nice to let your mind travel into a different time and wonder what might have been if only.
I can relate to that. And climbing under old houses. hehe. So, you’re an Aussie writing stories set in Ireland. Is that challenging?
Yes, it was. I was lucky enough to have an Irish friend to help me out when I couldn’t Goggle what I wanted.
Ok, let’s end it up with a few fun questions. Who is your all-time favourite literary character and why?
Jamie Fraser from the Outlander Series. He wears a kilt, something I can’t go past. And he is a fantastic mix of soft and romantic and a firm no nonsense hero. I can’t wait for the first program to hit the screen.
What is your favourite quote from Witchling?
“Let’s just worry about saving this family first, shall we? Saving the world is a little bit like finding a needle in a haystack. It takes more than one person.”
And from Changeling?
“No. It’s my fault. I wanted to hurt you.”
Last question, if you could spend 24 hours with any person, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
My father, simply because I never got to say goodbye.
Thanks for visiting today, Ari. We hope you have a great birthday and I can’t wait to check out Curse of the Kin.
Nera is a normal teenage girl living in Ireland, or so she thought until she discovers the family secret.. now her world is forever changed.
Descended from a long line of witches, she discovers she is the one who has to stop the curse that has taken the life of every girl before her.
And if that isn’t enough, she must learn to use magic from the man called Bones. He is the son of Mari, Queen of the Witches…and a god. It is Bones who has been entrusted to teach her the skills she needs to stay alive, which wouldn’t be so bad if he didn’t have an uncanny knack for pushing her buttons.
Can Nera succeed and resist the charms of the man who gets under her skin at every opportunity?
Ari Harper never wanted to grow up.
To offset the limitations of aging ungracefully, she created her own set of unique worlds where she can be and do whatever she wants.
Gods, witches and demons surround Ari while she spins her magic, doing mainly what they tell her to do. Given a chance, she prefers to work amongst chaos, which is good because she is constantly surrounded by children, all clamoring for attention. Some of them end up in her stories, some of them even get to die grisly deaths or be cast away to another realm.
Her favorite pet is a big black dog called Hugo. You will find him as himself in the Curse of Kin series as Nera’s faithful hound.