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My name is Ari (Air-ee) McCurdy. I am a writer who never intended to string words together to tell stories. I would have thought the odds of me being a writer were the same as me being an astronaut. Either way, I go to different Worlds, places in the Universe, and meet characters that I discover somewhere inside myself.
I have lived in Calgary, Alberta Canada since 2007 but I was born in Helena, Montana. However, I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Walnut Creek to be exact. I attended North Gate High School and then proceeded to jump into life with both feet. Since then, I have been very free and on a Mission to live life to her absolute literal fullest. It is going well..I watched a documentary on the monarch butterfly migration one evening, and as I fell asleep that night the characters and first chapters played out in my head. It was the most vivid experience and I had never been compelled to write fiction until then, but I felt strongly that I should tell this story. I'm proud of my story and those that I have shared it with ask me if I know these butterflies and if it is a true story. In some ways, it is a very true story.
I believe in using vocabulary and offering children the opportunity to appreciate language. I find most children's book very rote, very basic, and it doesn't surprise me that people don't read. I believe that children's books should offer more than basic sentence structure, a great children's book should take you away, put you in another world, and challenge your own imagination. I wrote this book for children but adults love the adventure just as much. I know how special The Butterfly Gang is, because adults love it and they ask for more.
I would love and appreciate a rating or a review, feel free to contact me at Ari@thebutterflygang.com if you have one and I will post it on my website.. .