Lari Don - Children’s Writer

Spellchasers - The Beginner's Guide to Curses


“...Molly ran. She ran swift and straight, right across the playing fields. Running faster than she ever thought she could. She had no idea how she was running like this. This incredible fast leaping flight, feet barely touching the ground.
The dog sprinted after her, barking its determination to catch her and rip her and kill her. ”

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I’m a children’s writer based in Edinburgh, and I’m extremely excited about my new novel Spellchasers: The Beginner’s Guide to Curses  – it’s the first book in an adventure trilogy, which I’ve been writing since I finished the Fabled Beasts Chronicles, and I can’t wait to hear what readers think of my new heroine Molly and all the magic and dangers she encounters!

I also have a new, gorgeously illustrated, collection of Viking tales. The Dragon’s Hoard, a collaboration with artist Cate James, is my retelling of a dozen exciting Viking saga stories.

And I also have a new collection of horse legends and folklore called Horse of Fire, which brings together my favourite magical horse tales!

And I’m also still bouncing about with joy every time I look at my new picture book , The Secret Of The Kelpie, a retelling of the beautiful and monstrous Scottish story of the kelpie, illustrated by the wonderful Philip Longson.

I’m not the kind of writer who sits at my computer all day – I spend a lot of time out and about in schools and bookshops and libraries chatting about books and writing. You can find out where I’ll be on my diary page.

But you can find me online too! You can read an interview about how I wrote The Secret of the Kelpie (and how I write other books too) watch me tell my favourite Scottish fairy tale (another version of Tam Linn); you can see me read (and act out) Orange Juice Peas, in this film; as well as watch a really fabby trailer for Maze Running, or watch an interview about writing adventure books. And if you want some hints and tips about creative writing, I’ve written a series of blog posts for the Scottish Book Trust which might give you some ideas! I also blog for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure on the 30th of every month.

You can use this website to find out more about all my books, my writing and my storytelling.  I also write a child-friendly blog about my events and my writing, which you can comment on or link to. Or you can find me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter and Tumblr.

You can get in touch with me to invite me to visit your school, library or local arts festival to talk about my books and writing, and to share some of my favourite myths and legends. You can also, if you really want to, find out where I was born and what my cats are called. Have fun, and if you have any questions, please email me.