Wednesday, October 9, 2013


I'm happy to welcome a favorite paranormal romance author to my blog, Dani Harper. 
Dani says, "Quite simply, I adore the paranormal."  Her stories show her love of the genre and are fresh and well written and I like her twist on shifters--Changlings.
Her topic is writing life, deadlines, dustbunnies, environmental hazards, and love. Not necessarily in that order. J

It isn't easy living with a writer who’s working to a deadline. Impending deadlines cause vacuuming to fall by the wayside, and roving herds of dustbunnies to collect along the baseboards. (The ones under the bed may be close to achieving sentience.) The linen closet holds all the items I swept off the coffee table when unexpected company pulled into the driveway last week. Clean towels are currently kept in the dryer (assuming they made it that far), and may or may not be dry. The pots are in the oven? Don’t ask, don’t tell.

The kitchen table does double duty as my desk. I have a desk, but I can’t get to it for all the stuff that’s been thrown into my office in hopes of being organized later. I may have to find a third option soon since the table is almost completely buried in papers, books, notes, and oh look – there’s the mail from yesterday. Or maybe last Friday. Eating, of course, takes place in the living room or over the kitchen sink.

And those are just the environmental hazards of living with a writer on deadline….

Nutritional hazards abound as well. Don’t get me wrong, there is food in the house – honest, decent food. The problem is that I've forgotten what to do with it because I literally can’t write to deadline and chew gum at the same time. Take a brain already preoccupied with characters and plot, add the pressure of a ticking countdown, and suddenly I can’t rely on it to do anything else. Of course I still try to force my brain into preparing meals – and that’s when the smoke alarm goes off, or Splenda gets poured into the coffeemaker, or the brussel sprouts go bouncing amongst the dust bunnies, or I forget something important. Like turning on the oven two hours ago for the chicken. We won’t talk about what happened to the food processor during my last deadline…

Emotional hazards are rampant and unpredictable for a writer on deadline. Turning green (“HULK SMASH!”) when I can’t get a scene to work is not unusual. So is feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the pressure, accompanied by considerable weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. The neighbors have all heard “I’LL NEVER GET THIS DONE!” through the open windows dozens of times. They’ve also heard such favorites as “I CAN’T THINK OF AN IDEA!”, “MY WHOLE STORY SUCKS!” and “WHY CAN’T MY CHARACTERS DO WHAT THEY’RE TOLD FOR ONCE?”  Most of the neighbors just ignore it now as normal background noise, right up there with lawnmowers and cicadas, but a couple did stop in the street to look when I ranted “HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO GET THESE PEOPLE TO HAVE SEX?”

We’re so not going to talk about the visual hazards of me still at the computer in my pajamas at 2 in the afternoon …

So there you have the ruins. And that’s where the love comes in. My Alaskan mountain-man husband is already my hero in every possible way, but even more so when I’m writing to a deadline. Hugs or coffee or help – he’s generous with all three, and never complains. He’s used to waking up to an empty bed in the middle of the night because I've gotten an idea on how to fix a scene. He’s patient when I’m cranky as a crocodile with a toothache because I’m stressed. He holds my hand and says I look perfect even I've been too busy to shower and my hair looks like a raccoon was electrocuted on my head. He empties the dishwasher, rescues the towels from the dryer and does battle with the dustbunnies. Cheers me on, calms me and consoles me, and would still be button-popping proud of me if I never sold a single book.

And he even reads my stories. Every. Last. Word.

It’s not easy living with a writer on deadline, but my husband does it well. My real-life hero may never know how much he inspires the heroes in my books simply by being who he is. He definitely inspires ME to keep trying, keep working, keep writing. Without his unfailing support and his belief in me, there are days that the pressure would simply flatten me and I would hide under my desk (if I could find it) and suck my thumb.

  • YOUR TURN – Who or what inspires you to get back in the ring and keep swinging?


FIRST BITE, Book 1 of the Dark Wolf Series

Geneva “Neva” Ross doesn't want to die. But now that she’s been turned into a werewolf against her will, she’ll do anything to protect her family and friends…even if that means taking her own life.

After witnessing Neva’s leap from a high ledge, Travis Williamson—a Changeling with a dark past—uses his powers to save her life. He feels a connection to the strong-willed woman whose eyes flash that familiar Changeling green. While Neva is hospitalized, Travis risks everything to kidnap her, knowing the approaching full moon will put everyone in jeopardy.

Bickering constantly to hide their growing attraction, Travis and Neva run from the authorities…and from Neva’s sinister sire, Meredith de la Ronde. Meredith delights in creating new shape-shifters and compelling them to do her dark bidding; now Neva must join Meredith’s murderous wolf pack…or die. Excerpt

~A Night Owl Top Pick ~


Dani Harper is a newspaper editor turned paranormal author. There isn't anything she likes better than exploring the supernatural - unless it's writing sizzling and suspenseful romance. Of course, all of her stories have at least one foot in the netherworld!

Website - (where you’ll find lots more ways to connect with Dani)
Twitter -  @Dani_Harper or


~Sia McKye~ said...

DANI, a thousand welcomes to Over Coffee. I've truly enjoyed each book you've written. What adventures I've been on through your stories. You've made me laugh, sigh, shed a tear or two, and always I keep a fan around after reading your fun and sexy reads.

I had to laugh when I read your comment, “HOW THE HELL AM I GOING TO GET THESE PEOPLE TO HAVE SEX?” I'd have loved to know what that couple thought when they heard that, lol!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

This all sounds very familiar! Ha! It sounds like you've really got a great husband, too--supportive and understanding. :)

Mason Canyon said...

Dani, as readers we sometimes forget the long hours writers put in for us to be able to read such wonderful books. I guess it's just hard to think of your favorite authors having to dust or battle dirty dishes. Authors, you remember, are on a pedestal to us readers. :) Wishing you much success.

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Johanna Garth said...

Good to know I'm not alone in the emotional hazards category. Everyone tiptoes around me when I get that certain pre-temper tantrum look.

Congratulations on your book and thanks for making me smile this morning!

Dani Harper said...

Thanks for inviting me, Sia! I'm on Pacific Time, so just getting my act together here (Translation: drinking strong coffee)

Elizabeth, you're right, I feel lucky every day to have my hubby. Mason, my pedestal has an inch of dust and cobwebs that could trap an elephant!!! Johanna, you know just what I'm talking about!

Kat Sheridan said...

Dani, that sounds like my house even when I DON'T have a deadline (mostly, I just hate housework!) It ook hubs about a year to get used to that weird, thousand yard stare and talking about characters as if they were real (for awhile he thought we lived next door to psycopaths!) Sounds like you still managed to turn out a terrific book! Good luck with it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It never gets that bad for me, but my wife also doesn't allow it to get that bad. She would definitely be my cheerleading hero.

Dani Harper said...

Thank heavens for understanding spouses! There's no way I could survive as a writer without my husband. I'd have been crazy long ago!

Dani Harper said...

I should also express how grateful I am for the encouragement I receive from my readers. It really keeps me going some days -- the ones where the words won't come, the characters aren't talking, and nothing is going right. I love my readers!

Dani Harper said...

I should also express how grateful I am for the encouragement I receive from my readers. It really keeps me going some days -- the ones where the words won't come, the characters aren't talking, and nothing is going right. I love my readers!

Kimberly Gabriel said...

What a fun post. Yes, many, many hazards in writing. Dani cracked me up more than once. ;)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Kim her books do the same. I love her characters. Yah, I think there is quite a few writers who can relate to this post. :-)

Jo said...

I like the dust bunnies being on their way to sentience. Must look into reading these books. Glad I don't like with that much stress.

Empty Nest Insider said...

I love a man who is helpful, brings coffee, and excels at hugging! Hopefully things will settle down soon, and you'll be able to find your desk! Congrats on your spotless new book! Sia, thanks for hosting Dani!


Denise Z said...

It is awesome that you have the hubs offering such understanding support. It is truly a wonderful thing to have someone that will say go for it, even when they don't always understand or get it, they are just there bringing that extra cuppa :)