Dara Harper


Dara Harper was born in Detroit, MI and developed a passion for storytelling at an early age. She is a novelist, Off Broadway playwright, journalist, artist and award-winning filmmaker. She graduated from the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago, IL. She won the Best African American Filmmaker Award at the Brooklyn Film Festival for her short film, "la Revolution." While residing in New York City, she was accepted into the Harlem Writer's Guild and the Amsterdam Writer's Group.

Her feature film, "Sweeter Without Sugar" was an official selection at the African American Women In Cinema Film Festival. Her debut play, "Passing" had a sold-out run Off-Broadway and was nominated for an AUDELCO Award. Her follow-up play, "Shades Of War" was selected at as a top pick in the "Village Voice" and "Time Out New York." She is the author of two novels, "Magic In Moon Time" and "Grits & Grace" and "The Justice Women."

Please visit darawrites.com for more info on her upcoming projects.

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The Justice Women: A Novel Of Life In Detroit's Black Bottom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,690. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
Lucille is alone in the slums of Detroit’s Black Bottom in the 1941. Her official title is “midwife,” but mothers come to her for abortions because no woman has lost her life in Lucille's hands. She meets a Polish immigrant who works in the world’s oldest profession and a drifter who challenges racial and gender norms. During the 1943 race riots, a remarkable event brings Lucille closer to love.
Grits & Grace
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,090. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
This coming of age story follows 15-year-old Natalie Tillman's journey from Thomasville, Georgia to the Motor City in 1959. She and her parents move into a crowded west side flat with six other family members. When the unthinkable happens, Natalie is forced into adulthood. Her tale reveals the consequences of honesty and the burden of heroism.
Magic In Moon Time
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,790. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
The year is 1929. The locals all take notice when Justine Phillips arrives in town, a beautiful woman with a shameful secret. She finds love but her marriage is soured by infertility. After nine years of trying to conceive, she pays a visit to a witch doctor who her mother-in-law swears is the devil's disciple. Now, she must make a life changing decision.

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