Today I’m crazy excited to present Brent A. Harris, author of A Time of Need: A Dark Eagle Novel. Brent and I met over Twitter (along with the Inklings Press team) close to two years ago and I couldn’t be more happy for him with his recent release.
Hi Brent, thanks for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Thanks Jason! I appreciate you having me. I’m a writer of alternate history. For those of you not familiar with the genre, it’s when you take a detail from our past and change it to produce a different world than the one we know today. So far, my writings in the genre have earned me a Sidewise Award nomination for my short story Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon. And a pretty amazing review for my novel A Time of Need, from Amazing Stories.
How long have you been writing?
My daughter recently uncovered a story I’d written in grade school. She laughed at me.
What inspired you to start writing?
Can’t say for sure. I supposed it’s because I buried myself in books. Because I read a lot, I found that I expressed myself better with the written word.
Tell us a little bit about your current project. Is it a novel, short story, or something else? Is it part of a series?
A Time of Need is the first book in the Dark Eagle series. As an alternate history novel, it asks, “What if George Washington had fought for the British?” What we see is an altered path for the young nation. A land where George Washington isn’t the father of our country. In fact, the very idea of the colonists’ winning their independence hangs in the balance. You’ll have to read the book to see if those rebellious Yanks can still win.
What genre do you prefer to write in, if any?
I love science fiction and alternate history. But I’ve written steampunk, horror, and fantasy.
What authors influenced you?
Too many to list them all. Highlights include: Bradbury, Brackett (most known for penning the first draft of Empire Strikes Back), D.C. Fontana (she wrote some of my favorite Star Trek episodes), Harry Turtledove, Michael Crichton, Hemingway, Joan Didion, and so very many more.
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading this one book but we’re not serious. I’m reading a few others too. So long as I don’t shelve them all next to each other, I should be fine.
Do you write every day? A few days per week?
I typically write every day. Lately, that hasn’t happened because I had no idea how much work goes into marketing your book. I want it to be successful, I want it to sell, and that means getting out there every day and engaging with people, talking with them and making sure they know who I am. I’ve been told readers don’t read books, they read authors. Maybe the readers of your blog can tell me if that’s true or not. I’d like to think that is. I’m adorable.
Do you listen to music when you write? Does it influence how you write?
I MUST listen to music as I write. It affects the story, it affects my mood. It’s inspiration. I listen to Lindsey Stirling. Movie Scores. Classic Rock. 90’s Grunge. It depends on the piece I’m writing. I once wrote a story listening to Oingo Boingo’s Insanity on infinite loop. It hit the perfect chord.
How do you think your writing has changed from when you first started?
I’m a Masters student of Creative Writing. I enrolled in order to strengthen my writing and to meet other writers. I think we can always get better. Always improve.
Where can we purchase your current book? What about previous books?
A Time of Need is available online wherever books are sold: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million. Here’s a handy link: www.mybook.to/ATimeofNeed
My other short stories are available through Inklings Press, Rhetoric Askew, and Quantum Soul. My Amazon author page will take you straight to them (be sure to Follow me!): www.Amazon.com/author/BrentAHarris
Where can we find you online?
My website: www.brentaharris.com
What is your favorite book and why?
Jurassic Park is my favorite book. In an alternate world, I was eaten by a dinosaur, I’m sure.
Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?
You can read the first few chapters for free through Amazon’s Look Inside feature.
Any parting words for writers?
Read. Read. Read some more. Read with an eye for improving your writing. Read for fun. Read for self-enrichment. Always be reading.