Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Interview with Dani Harper and Giveaway - December 28, 2011

Please welcome Dani Harper to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Dani's debut novel, Changeling Moon (Changeling 1), was published in May 2011 by Kensington Brava. Changeling Dream (Changeling 2) was published in June and Changeling Dawn (Changeling 3) was published yesterday, December 27, 2011.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Dani:  I talk to myself. A lot. And I often don’t realize I’m doing it. I don’t know how interesting it is – my husband thinks it’s amusing, and strangers just give me odd looks.

Also, I must have peace, quiet, no distractions and nothing on my household to-do list in order to write. Bahahahahahahaha - snort! Okay, I just THINK I need that, as I’m struggling to get focused. Once I’m in the zone, however, Martians could land in the front yard and I wouldn’t notice a thing.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Dani:  I’m a big fan of JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series. Kevin Hearne writes the amazing Iron Druid Chronicles and I love Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. Patricia Briggs’ shapeshifter stories rock and I will stop everything to read Karen Chance.

Of all writers, I probably admire Stephen King the most. King’s ability to get inside his characters’ heads – and take you with him – is simply stunning. By the end of the story, you’re half certain everything happened to YOU.

TQ:  Tell us about your Changeling series? Are your shifters a new breed?

Dani:  My main characters are werewolves, but don’t call them that. They prefer the term Changelings, and they live right here among us. Your boss could be a Changeling. So could the gal that does your pedicure. The coach of your company baseball team or even the cop that gives you a ticket for not wearing your seatbelt again could have furry tendencies. Your BFF could run on four feet at night and you wouldn’t know. Changelings hide in plain sight and live very human lives most of the time.

Love, however, complicates their lives wildly.

My Changeling series revolves around the Macleod family of shapeshifters. Each book focuses on one of the siblings - four brothers and two sisters. However, characters from earlier books are never gone completely and pop up to support (or annoy) members of the family and the Pack.

TQ:  What inspired you to write the Changeling series?

Dani:  As far as I’ve been able to figure out, my new Changeling series was probably inspired by REAL wolves! One bright sunny morning when I lived on my little farm in northern Canada, I was stunned to see a pack of wolves – about 7 or 8 – lope leisurely across the yard not far from the house. They were amazingly beautiful creatures, but what struck me most was the feeling I had that they were happy together. It remains one of the most incredible experiences of my life.

However, I really didn’t sit down and plan the Changeling series. I started writing a story one day and the entire Macleod family turned up in my head. What a noisy, demanding bunch they were too! And then they all turned into wolves. I told them not to, but my characters never listen.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the Changeling series?

Dani:  I’m always, always, always doing research as I write. I’m a closet geek to start with because I love science and history, and my newspaper background makes me a fanatic for details and facts. What I write about Changelings may be fiction, but I want every word I write about real wolves to be absolutely true.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Dani:  Both. I start as a plotter, then the characters run off in a completely different direction and I’m left to try and catch up. No matter how much I try to plan, my characters have their own notions of how the story is supposed to go. We argue a lot.

TQ:  In the first 2 books, Changeling Moon and Changeling Dream, who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Dani:  Birkie Peterson is probably my favorite character to write, in the sense that she steps right up and says what’s on her mind, and it’s always just the right thing. I love that about her.

The hardest character to write? Any of them when they’re not talking to me!!! Sometimes I have a scene I need to get done and the characters are conspicuously absent. I don’t know where they go or what they’re doing – hang gliding, playing video games, scarfing down fries at Mickey D’s or what. All I know is that I can threaten, coax, yell, cry and beg but until my characters are good and ready to talk, I get nothing. That’s usually when I go write a blog or an article instead, sort of a writing-while-I’m-waiting-to-write kind of thing.

TQ:  Describe Changeling Dawn (Changeling 3) in 140 characters or less.

Dani:  Never judge a man by his species. Love, danger and archeology combine as human Josh and werewolf Kenzie work to rescue a shapeshifter child.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is your favorite scene in Changeling Dawn?

Dani:  I have a lot of favorite scenes in that book – like when the hero, Josh Talarkoteen, blackmails Kenzie Macleod into a date. And later in the book, when Birkie Peterson finally takes off the gloves, it’s a heckuva surprise and very satisfying.

TQ:  Which character in the series has surprised you the most?

Dani:  I get LOTS of surprises from my characters – they always have their own ideas about where the story should go. There are things in Changeling Moon that still surprise me, and I may never recover from one of the revelations in Changeling Dream.

The character who consistently surprises me is Culley Macleod. I never know what he’s going to do or say, and I never, ever, know when he’s going to show up. Or not. He’s like a wild card – or a bad penny.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

About the Changeling series

Changeling Dawn
Changeling 3
Kensington Brave (December 27, 2011)
Trade Paperback, 368 pages


Shadow and moonlight merge beneath her bare feet, the forest floor blurring as she flees the dogs and torches. Werewolf, monster—those are the names given her kind by the humans who hate them.


Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding what she is, and she’s not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska.


An isolated archeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a shadowy research facility—as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own…

Changeling Dream
Changeling 2
Kensington Brave (June 28, 2011)
Trade Paperback, 368 pages

In times of stress Jillian Descharme has always found calm in her dream of a great white wolf with haunting blue eyes. But she is startled when the visions return and this time seem so real. Late at night he comes to her, speaks to her, touches her. It’s almost as if he’s alive…

Thirty years ago James Macleod lost his wife and unborn child to a killer bent on destroying the Changelings. Though he longed for death, his animal instinct fought for survival and James has been a wolf ever since. Yet now a woman has reawakened the man in him, taming wild instincts but arousing still wilder needs. With his ancient enemy hunting the legendary white wolf, James must fight for new life, new hope, new love.

Changeling Moon
Changeling 1
Kensington Brave (May 31, 2011)
Trade Paperback, 368 pages

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.

About Dani

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.

A Canadian who spent many years in northern Alberta, Dani now lives on an island in Alaska! She and her husband operate a commercial fishing boat and her stories are written on land or at sea, with the help of her executive secretary, Fiona the Pug.

Dani currently has a hot new shapeshifter series from Kensington Brava. CHANGELING MOON and CHANGELING DREAM are available now in trade paperback and ebook. Her latest novel, CHANGELING DAWN, was just released yesterday, December 27th.

Dani's Links:


The Giveaway


What:  One commenter will win a signed copy of Dani’s new release, Changeling Dawn, plus a Dani Harper tote bag from Dani!  US and Canadian Mailing Addresses Only.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question posed by Dani:

Who is your favorite shapeshifter character from a book, movie or TV series? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US or Canadian mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Sunday, January 15, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*


  1. In Marjorie Liu's The Red Heart of Jade, there is a character named Koni (sheesh, I think that's his name). Anyway, he's a bird shapeshifter and I just fell in love with him. He was a secondary character but he played a big part in the book, IMO.

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  2. Hi, Dani and Quil! I'm so grateful for this giveaway chance!

    My favorite shapeshifter (werewolf, of course!!) is Daniel Kane, from The Heat, by Heather Killough-Walden - so far ;-)

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  3. Wow, that is a very hard question. I think I would choose one of the wolves from Sharie Kohler's Moon Chasers series. The emotions are extraordinary!

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  4. My favorite shapeshifter from a book is Adam from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

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  5. My favorite shapeshifter would have to be Wren Tigerian from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series or Remus Lupin from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Curran and Derek from Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series.

    GFC Anne38

  7. i love quinn from the sookie series, i also love the boys (Ren & Kishan) from the Tigers Saga. (+1 Entry)

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    Terri M

  8. I would say Alcede from True Blood - he's so hot and really nice to Sookie.
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  9. Alced from true blood... just gotta love those abs XD
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  10. I love reading these interviews. It is so interesting to see how different people answer the question. My favorite shape shifters are Clay and Elena from Kelly Armstrong's books. They are great together.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  11. I adore Lora Leigh's Breed shapeshifters! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom
    GFC Krystal Larson

  12. this is tough because i read a TON of shifter books.. ill go with any of Shelly Laurenstons.. Dani Harpers family of shifters is awesome.. Ilona Andrews' Curran and JIm (purrr!) and ohh how about any of Patricia Briggs as well!!

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  13. My favorite shapeshifter is Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson - she doesn't take anything off of anyone!

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  14. I am a follower and email subscriber. I love Jacob from Twilight. Please enter me in contest.

  15. My favorite shape shifter from a book is Riley Jensen (By Keri Arthur)

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  16. Mm I am hung up on Alcide in the book and in True Blood. Yum!

    +gfc Teril

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  17. I really like Jacob from Twilight, but because he's a bit young, I'll say AlCide from True Blood.

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  18. My favorite shapeshifting character is Jane Yellowrock from Faith Hunter's series of the same name. She's a skinwalker who mostly takes the form of a big cat.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com
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  19. I'd say my favorite is Remus from the harry Potter series...But Pia from the 1st book in Thea Harrison's Elder Races series would be my fav from this year's books I've read. Thanks for the contest!

    I'm a follower.

  20. How much time ya got? I guess I'll go with Rachel Vincent's Faythe Sanders.
    I'm a gfc follower.


  21. The Changelings sound great! I'm with some of the other commenters. Alcide was my first shapeshifter crush since I started my PNR journey with Sookie after season 1 of True Blood..
    However, I can't ignore Lora Leigh's breeds. No way. I just read her newest (and one of her best - she's back to form here - ) Lawe's Justice and he is one Lion shifter you don't want to mess with...unless...well, that's a story for another day!
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com
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  22. Faythe Sanders from the Shifters series by Rachel Vincent.
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    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  23. I have to say Jacob from Twilight. Got to love those wolve


  24. I am not sure exactly who my favorite shifter would be. One that I love is from Kerrelyn Sparks' Love at Stakes series. I love Phil (wolf shifter). He is such a great character, sexy, protective, dependable.
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    Have a great New Years!
    June M.
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  25. I just read Beauty and the Werewolf by Mercedes Lackey and my new favorite shifter is Duke Sebastian!

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  26. My favorite shapeshifter is Mercy from Patricia Brigs

    great giveaway
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  27. I adored the previous two books and I can't wait to get my hands on the third one!!

    I love Alcide from TrueBlood. He's hott and just your adverse werewolf!

    leilani @ leilanilovesbooks . com

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  28. I just can't get enough of Dani's Changelings, I love them all. So hurry and write another. I just got Changeling Dawn yesterday and finished it today.

    I also really enjoy Molly Harper and Dakota Cassidy's shapeshifters.

  29. Clay from Kelley Armstrongs Otherworld books. So sad the series is ending soon.

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    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  30. That's such a tough question! Too many favorites. I loved Hawke from Nalini Singh's Kiss of Snow. Others have mentioned Alcide, Adam, and Mercy-all favs! Hawke is probably my current favorite because he's fresh in my mind and such an archetypal alpha.

    GFC: ML
    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

  31. My favorite shapeshifter would be Mercy Thompson. I love the Macleod clan and the pack but I've known Mercy longer! Thank you for the chance to win Changeling Dawn, I love, love, love this series! Happy New Year to all! +1 Comment +1 follower +1 Twitter!/crazyfourbooks/status/152793658930896898

  32. Oh...there are way to many to choose just one! I love your Changelings, but I also love all of Lora's Breeds, then there is Dana Marie's shifters and MJ's too! Plus, many, many more!

    Happy New Year everyone!


  33. I loved Jaxon from Primal Law

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  34. Happy New Year all.
    Okay my favorite shifter are Pamela Palmer's Ferals. Amazing Immortals. Lyon is my favorite of the Ferals.
    Then there are Lora Leigh' Breed shifters and Alcide. OMG .sigh...
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    Carol L
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  35. My favorite shifter is still (and always will be) Odo from Star Trek Deep Space Nine. He just has a mix of awesomeness and a manly vulnerability that I fell in love with as a child.

    kellymullins (at) everyday-whimsy (dot) com

  36. Alcide from True Blood hands down!!!!
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  37. I love Alcide from True Blood!!! Yummy!!! I also really enjoy Clay, Elena, and Jeremy in the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. Thanks for a great interview. Thanks for a chance.

    I am a follower
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  38. Very fond of Sam Merlotte of the "True Blood" series. I just finished Changeling Dream and really enjoyed it! Looking forward to the next two books.

  39. Hi! Nice interview! Who is your favorite shapeshifter character from a book, movie or TV series? I really liked Alcide from True Blood! Thanks for this giveaway!

    GFC: Proserpine
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  40. My favorite shifter is Drake Vireo. He is a wyvern in the green dragon sept from Katie MacAlister's Aisling Gray series.

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    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

  41. My favorite shapeshifter is Bowen from Kresley Cole's books.

    I also follow this blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  42. My current shifter crush is Alcide from Trueblood. I have always loved Wyatt in Sarah McCarty's Wild Instinct and Running Wild books too.

    geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

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  43. Who is your favorite shapeshifter character from a book, movie or TV series? - It would have to be (Currently) Delaney; from Winter Kiss, By: Deborah Cooke. I LOVE her Dragon Fires series!!!!

  44. Great interview :) Curran for the Kate Daniels series is one of my favorites. Oh Yum!

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  45. Dragos from Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

    GFC Follower: Jennifer Keck

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  46. Wow! I saw that post just in time, didn't I? :D

    My favourite shapeshifter is Sawyer from Lori Handeland's Phoenix Chronicles. He's also a witch and a catalyst telepath. :P

    (I retweeted the news about the giveaway upon hearing from it and I'm following this blog on Bloglovin.)