Hi there! I’m M. C. Harlow. I’m a fantasy writer who enjoys dabbling in the romance genre as well. I also blog on Reading, Listening, Viewing. Welcome!
A bit on my personal background: I grew up in Ontario speaking French first, then English. I played many sports growing up (despite not really being a natural athlete) including hockey, softball, and volleyball, while also tearing through whatever book series was all the rage at the time. I’d then of course nag my friends until they did the same so that we could discuss it together. I still believe one of the best parts of reading is being able to discuss a book with friends afterwards.
I started writing my own stories around the age of ten, starting with some silly tales about what my golden Labrador would do if he suddenly acquired magical athletic powers. I wrote these in marker and on paper I took from the family printer downstairs, then stapled together like a real book when I was done.
I haven’t really stopped writing since. Around the age of twelve or thirteen I received an old beat-up laptop with Word 2003 on it for my birthday from my grandpa, a writer also, who encouraged me to use it to write my stories. I wrote a 40k-word Percy Jackson rip-off with really cliché elemental magic — it will never see the light of day of course, but I was proud of it at the time.
I have always been equally obsessed with the ideas of a world entirely separate from our own with magic, creatures, or different species of people (what I consider high fantasy) and of those very things finding themselves here among us, on Earth (what I consider low fantasy). Most of all, though, I liked the idea of creating something that didn’t exist, born only from my mind.
My second love was and still is music. I was fortunate enough to take guitar lessons as a kid, and I am now minoring in music for my university degree. I enjoy picking apart sounds and lyrics, and drawing individual meaning from pieces of music. My taste is all over the place, gracing most genres with the exception of country and opera. Keep an eye on the footer of this site for my current favourite song — I change it periodically and I promise, they’re all bangers.
Otherwise, I’m an introvert. My hobbies include snowboarding, going to concerts, mindlessly scrolling through social media, reading (obviously), and binge-watching TV shows (recently I’ve gotten into a bit of anime, which is fun but also super addictive). My blog is all about what I read, watch, and listen to, with the goal of recommending some great media to you.
As of now, I’m still an avid reader of many genres and a writer with multiple novel-length projects on the go — you can click here to learn more about those. However, I’ve often got some song lyrics and short stories floating around too.
“The Fate of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen
“Under Soil and Dirt” by The Story So Far
“After Hours” by The Weeknd
“Much Love” by Microwave
“evermore” by Taylor Swift
“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”
“Hunter x Hunter”
Some of my favourite words at the moment…
“What strange places our lives can carry us to, what dark passages.”
— Justin Cronin, from “The Passage”
“That was what magic did. It revealed the heart of who you’d been before life took away your belief in the possible. It gave back the world all lonely children longed for.”
— Leigh Bardugo, from “Ninth House”
“So many simple statements stand before a reality that is not simple at all.”
— Ann Leckie, from “The Raven Tower”
“The wrongs of the past are not less significant, they’re just harder to fix.”
— Erika Johansen, from “The Invasion of the Tearling”
“Too close to know we were playing fiction, living in a distant daydream”
— ROAM, “Playing Fiction”
“In you no passion bleeds
A shell that’s thin and withering
Did you misplace your flame
In pursuit of a new hell to help you heal or burn the same?”
— Counterparts, “No Servant of Mine”