Dani Swanson


I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a love of stories, I majored in English Lit for my undergrad, and Human Services for my Masters. I started the writing process after suffering a major concussion which lead to a lot of the stories within The Hunt of the Grimalkin.
Currently residing in Minneapolis, where I enjoy painting, writing and making other pretty things; all while trying to leave the world a little better than I found it.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was 13. We didn't have a Word program, so everything was done on Note Pad. Everything that I wrote was saved on a floppy disk (not to date myself), and I was big into Heracles stores and basically anything that was Mythology. I was really big into a story I was writing about a princess who met Heracles. My typing skills were horrible so it took me FOREVER to write it....all 26 pages of it. Then, one day I went down to our basement to work on my creation, only to find that my little brother had broke my floppy disk. The level of anger I reached that day beats all emotions one can feel. (Sorry Matt, I know you were only 9 at the time....but I'm still mad ;) )
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had a major concussion and started to have these crazy dreams that I felt needed to be written! I had very little short term memory, and was struggling to remember my day to day activities. This was the start for the main character of The Hunt of the Grimalkin.
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The magical kingdom of Erresuma follows the adventures of witches, fairies, creatures, and critters.


Lilly Quinn and the Grimalkin
Series: Erresuma. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,170. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
Thea continues her adventures to find out the truth about her past.
The Hunt of the Grimalkin
Series: Erresuma. Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 63,570. Language: American English. Published: June 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » General
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.

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adventure    cat    fairytale    fantansy    grimallkin    magic    witch    young adult   

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