Ari McCurdy


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 if you have one and I will post it on my website.. .

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
A complete disaster to everyone else.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Helena Montana, I moved to California (SF Bay) in 1988. Because these are two very different places, I have a great appreciation for uniqueness.
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The Butterfly Gang
You set the price! Words: 13,870. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Tad is the first boy butterfly to be seen in 158 years, he comes from a heritage of Master Blue Butterflies full of a great deal of knowledge, but he knows nothing of what it means to be a butterfly, not even how to fly. He meets three girl butterflies who are just about to start their epic migration south, and they decide they can't leave the first boy butterfly they’ve ever seen alone.

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