A young girl wakes up in the middle of a forest, without any clue of how she got there, where she’s going, or who she is. Lost and confused her only companion is a small orange cat that is showing her the way home. As if being lost and alone wasn’t bad enough, she is being stalked by a dark shadowy creature – the Grimalkin. She learns on her adventures that there are two sides to every story, and that nothing is ever as it seems when there is magic involved.
The Hunt Of The Grimalkin is a story full of fantasy, finding yourself and a touch of magic too! It’s a great book for pre-teens, teens, young adults and adults! It is the first, self-published, work from Dani Swanson.
Dani was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she still resides. She majored in English Literature at the University of Minnesota, but enjoys art in all forms. Along with writing, she also enjoys bowling and painting!
Here is a quick Q&A that I did with Dani, about her book and the self-publishing process:
Me: What inspired you to write your first book?
Dani: I would say I have always written “stories” or poems as I was growing up. I actually wrote a story about Heracles when I was 12 or 13- This was back when we had floppy disks. My mom accidentally erased my story off the disk I was using. I think I had 13 pages done. I gave up at that point as this was before spell check and before I knew how to type, so it took me far too long to do just 13 pages. This particular book I started to write because my friend, Chanda, is now a published author. We use to make up stories together when we worked at Camp Snoopy. She inspired me to start, and the opening chapter of the book is from a dream I had. The funny part of the story is that I started writing the book and had about 3 chapters done, and then fell on the ice and gave myself a concussion. I lost a few weeks of memories. I didn’t know who I was or how I ended up at the hospital.
Me: Was it more difficult than you thought to publish your own book?
Dani: It was actually easier than I thought it would be to publish my own book. I used Createspace.com and it walks you through the steps on getting it published. I think the hardest part for me was getting it formatted correctly.
Me: The main character’s physical description sounds a lot like you, did you mean to do that?
Dani: The description of the main character wasn’t meant to be like me. However, when you are writing a book with a concussion it is hard to remember what you wrote in a previous chapter the next day, therefore I changed her so that I could remember what I wrote. I see parts of me in the character, however, she is a lot different.
Me: You’ve started writing a second book, will there be more in this series?
Dani: I am about 65 pages done with the 2nd book! I think there will be about 3 books in the Erresuma series, however, it really depends where the characters take it. I have a rough outline(I’m not very good at following outlines) but it is really long, and I feel there are a lot of loose points I need to go back and finish. I’m sure each book will be a little longer than the book before it as there are more characters and more story lines to show.
Me: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Dani: In 5 years I see myself writing and painting. I hope to be in a higher position at my FT job and remodeling a fixer-upper house some place. I keep trying to stay busy.
Thank you, Dani, for answering my questions and I wish you all the best things, of course!
The Hunt Of The Grimalkin is currently available for purchase on Amazon in Paperback or Kindle form. It is definitely worth the $11.99, considering three of us have read it! Yes, this story was so intriguing and enchanting that it held the interest of a stay-at-home-mom, a full-time working dad and an 11 year old boy!
I’ve already been asked, a few times, when Volume Two will be released!
So, are you ready to hunt the Grimalkin?
How would you like to win an autographed copy, with a personal message from the author herself?! Awesome, right?