The very first thing I ever wrote was a story about a penguin swimming away from a killer seal in first grade. It was mandatory. I did write stories all throughout my childhood, but I never thought anything of it. It never even crossed my mind to write “professionally” until I was blabbering on and on about the characters in my head to a friend of mine when I was sixteen, and she said, “You know, you could write a whole book about that.” And then I was obsessed.
What is one piece of technology you can’t live without?
I know I should say my kobo, but it’s my iPod. If I couldn’t listen to whatever song I wanted whenever I wanted, I’d probably have a panic attack.
Who is your literary hero?
If you mean a character: Jane Eyre. If you mean a writer: J.K. Rowling.
How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I’d say every one of my main characters has one of my personality traits; I find this helps me empathize with them more, and feel closer to them. I also put very specific quirks of people I know into my characters, both for fun, and because I find them endearing.
Who designed your cover?
The wonderful Robin Ludwig of Robin Ludwig Designs, Inc.
If you could meet anyone and spend an hour with them – dead or alive – who and why?
Shakespeare, just to prove that he WAS a real guy!
Describe your main character in six words.
Brave. Loyal. Unaware. Tough. Stubborn. Impatient.
Describe the world you’ve created in six words.
Ghostly (ha-ha if you’ve read it). Complex. Self-deprecating. Violent. Courageous. Magical.
Could you share a teaser of The Keeper’s Curse with our readers?
“When fifteen-year-old Emmy is transferred into a world where magic is controlled through the souls of the dead, she must discover why an insane anarchist is out to kill her whilst battling a voice in her head.”
If there is one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing a book in that specific genre, what would it be?
This would be really hard work for me because it’s out of my range of knowledge, but I’d like to try science fiction, and from a boy’s perspective. Something like Ender’s Game – but don’t expect THAT anytime soon!
This is or That
Heels or flats? Flats.
Knives or swords? Swords.
Coffee or tea? Coffee.
Twitter or Facebook? Facebook.
Actual book or eReader? Actual books!
Long Sleeves or Short Sleeves? I live in Canada, man – long sleeves.
Vampires or Werewolves? Phoenixes.
Action movies or Chick flicks? A conglomeration of the two.
Thank you very much for having me on your blog!
After fifteen-year-old Emmy Rathers unintentionally summons a strange glowing cloud during a break-in, her mother rips her from her home, her father, and her world, forever.
When she lands in the rustic, militant land of Methelwood, she is told she's a crafter - a person who can perform magic by conjuring souls of the dead. But starting life over normally in the midst of grieving for the life she has left behind, while at the same time attempting to fit in in her new war-obsessed school, becomes impossible when she begins to hear a voice in her head. Complicating the matter further is the fact that the voice belongs to a boy at school named Breckin, who just also happens to be the most powerful crafter in the world, and the future ruler of Methelwood.
But that's not the worst part - suddenly Breckin's most hostile adversary is coming out of the shadows and trying to kill her. With no other choice, Emmy must travel deeper into this bizarre, dark world she is so unfamiliar with to find out why this is happening to her, and more importantly, how to stay alive.
Diana Harrison is a proud Canadian, currently studying English literature at the University of Calgary. With a passion for books, magic, and teens, as well as being a chronic daydreamer, it is only logical that she is a young-adult fantasy writer as well.
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Her debut novel, THE KEEPER’S CURSE, releases in November 2012.