A farmer's daughter, M. A. Harper was born in South Carolina and studied art at Tulane University. She began writing when painting failed to satisfy and is the author of six novels as well as several children's plays, song lyrics, numerous nonfiction articles and the FAINT GLOW BLOG.

Professional recognition includes a 2015 Digital Book Award nomination, Barnes & Noble's "Discover Great New Authors" selection, the BookSense '76 List, and READ magazine's Creative Writing Award--won at age thirteen.

Among past and present pursuits are skydiving, metaphysics and palmistry. She's worked as legal receptionist, free-lance commercial artist, window dresser, stage manager at New York City's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Company, theatrical designer of sets and costumes for other off-Broadway troupes, retail sales clerk and shoe seller.

Harper is a longtime Saints fan, and New Orleans is home.


"Is it really possible to recognize your soulmate at age sixteen? ...We've loved the Savoies... through pyrotechnics, passion, downright rapture, misfires, mishaps, and tragedy... but never before have we seen them in their guileless innocence... Welcome to adulthood, kids. It can burn with white heat, and it's always fatal." --Goodreads
" exciting journey from New Orleans to the banks of Bayou Lafourche... a suspenseful story of a family struggling to save one another... you may just call it magical."--Celeste Berteau, The New Orleans Advocate
"Stylishly written... A whopper of a ghost story... savvy and chilling."
"The magic here isn't really UFOs but rather the kind that allows the right people to find each other. Harper capably creates fully rounded portraits of her believable, scarred, sometimes-insecure, entirely lovable characters."
-Kirkus Reviews
"Tackles a difficult subject with wit and candor...Funny, sharp and tough-minded."
-Publishers Weekly
"A brilliant juxtaposition of two worlds…Provocative, endearing, and often funny."
-St. Louis Dispatch

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