Harlequin Artist Interview

Read our interview with the Harlequin artist

Could you please introduce yourself?
My name's EARITHEN. I'm Japanese, and I draw manga that's marketed towards women.
What made you want to become a manga artist? Have you always wanted to be one?
When I was in high school, I read Moto Hagio's "Marginal" and it really struck a chord with me; so much so that I wanted to become a manga artist no matter what.
How did you discover Harlequin?
It was recommended to me by an editor. I read other manga artists' works and enjoyed them a lot.
Who are your favorite Harlequin authors?
In terms of novels, Gena Showalter. It was an honor to be asked to do the manga version of "Lords of the Underworld". In terms of manga, Ayumi Asou. In real life, too, she's wonderful; I have so much love and respect for her.
What's your favorite Harlequin book?
I love the "Lords of the Underworld" series; in particular, "The Darkest Prison", "The Darkest Knight", and "The Darkest Passion", as well as "Tallie's Knight".
Which of your manga do you like most and why?
I'd have to say "The Darkest Prison", because the heroine is so strong. I love her. She was so much fun to draw.
How long does it take you to draw a manga?
It varies a lot between stories, and depends a lot on how many characters there are, their style of clothes, if there are action scenes, and if there are lots of people in each panel.
Do you have any advice to give aspiring artists?
Don't give up, and neither will I.
How do you spend an average day?
take my two girls to school → breakfast → work → lunch → work → watch TV with my family → bath → work → bed
Do you have any interests other than reading and manga?
Not really.