"This book has it all: myth, suspense and romance. I must confess, I wasn't a fan of all the characters (Rachel's friends, mostly) though I did like the love triangle between Rachel, Mason and Nate. [...] Harmless was a fun read, and I would recommend it to everyone who likes suspense with elements of fantasy." - Al, Goodreads
Published: June 26th, 2017
Be careful what you wish for.
After moving from Vancouver to isolated Hazelton, BC, high school senior Rachel Barnes hopes she’ll finally find closure and a sense of direction after tragedy has torn her family apart. When she and her friends discover the old spirit box her grandmother gave her, they see it as a chance to wish their troubles away. But the Great Spirits—deer, crow, bear, and the mythical wendigo—give away nothing for free.
So instead of worrying about fitting in and finding a boyfriend, Rachel finds herself in a race to control the malevolent spirit who’s taken up residence in Mason Allen, who she fears and craves in equal measure. What began as a harmless game forces Rachel to confront her past—and offers her a future she never imagined.
Step into a reality that is not as it seems in Book 1 of the Harmless series.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Harmless?
Rachel, Mason, and Nate are my main characters.
Rachel, is a disconnected teen who’s trying to find direction after her brother’s death and parents divorce.
Mason is complex. He’s sweet at times and a total jerk at others, but I can’t help but love him! Even though his actions can be erratic and harsh, his reasons for doing horrible things will pull at your heart strings.
And Nate… Nate is prefect. He’s patient, caring, and has seemingly no anterior motives other than to be a good person. All my readers love Nate. Did I mention he’s also gorgeous.
Tell us about a favorite character from a book.
My favorite character by far is Mason. I think because he’s such a true reflection of an ambiguously moral character. And I think people gravitate to that. Mason does horrible things in the story, but you can’t help but sympathize, and reason with his actions. He’s the bad guy you hate to love.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I camp, I garden, I spend time with family and friends. One of my favorite places to go to relax is the interior of BC. It’s some of the most beautiful country on earth.
How to find time to write as a parent?
I’m lucky enough to be able to stay home, so when my kids are at school, I can write. That’s if I don’t get too distracted with other things, like beautiful weather. September to February are probably my most productive months for writing.
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
In general, I’m more on a pantser than a planner, but I do outline a little. I figure it’s good to know what general direction the story is going, but I like to let my characters take it where they may.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Dreamer, storyteller, nature lover, mom.
About the author:
Katherine Dell is a young adult fiction author fascinated by the supernatural and the stories that surround them. She began her writing endeavours in 2011 when she wanted to reinvent herself from her previous career as an event planner. When she’s not writing, she can be found in cold hockey arenas sipping coffee, working on her tan at little league games, or trying to keep her dog out of her many gardens. She lives with her husband, two boys, and fur babies, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.