Interview with Ethan E. Harris

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. I'm a word addict. I love to see how authors structure their words like some people watch a movie trying to see what the director is trying to create. I love language in general. I've studied Cherokee, Greek and French and just love a new challenge.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm a reviewer on NetGalley, Edelweiss and Amazon Vine. I'll read anything (except Romance). If I haven't been grabbed within the first ten pages or so, I move on. I have to feel compelled by that little voice in my head. Most of it has to do with how well the author grabs me in those first few pages. It doesn't have to be a car chase or some crazy event. I just want the character or the setting to make me curious enough to stay on course.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I was 16 years old. I read a Stephen King book and wrote a fan letter to him using his own style. It was about five pages long. And the great thing was that he sent a copy of a newsletter with a little sticky note that said, "I like your story." I thought to myself, "Here's a famous author who took the time to personally address one of probably thousands of fan letters." It was encouraging. And so then, of course, I couldn't stop trying to create stories.
What is your writing process?
Oh, well, that's embarrassing. I tend to jump in to something interesting. Some things end up as one page documents just gathering dust in my drawer. But a few really grab my attention and keep plugging away. Those are the ones where I'll make chapter outlines and then paragraph outlines and then fill in the details.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Shining. I read it in four hours on a bus trip. I was riveted. I wondered how it was possible for an author to create a whole world where I was so immersed that I couldn't even recall turning the pages.
How do you approach cover design?
With fear. You can tell the ones I make myself since they are squares and rectangles arranged to focus the eyes on main graphic or title. I use Photoshop, but it's like using a chainsaw to cut butter. It's a lot more than I need, but I feel I'm doing serious work.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell. This man is brilliant and helped me understand why certain people tend to line up on different sides of the political table on seemingly unrelated issues. Very instructive.

2. On Combat by Dave Grossman. Incredible insight into the mind and will of those charged with defensive and often aggressive jobs. SWAT, firefighters, military.

3. Van Til's Apologetic by Greg Bahnsen. Presuppositional apologetics in action. Not just the theory of defending the faith, but what it means to say "The Christian worldview can account for suffering and joy. The atheistic worldview must borrow those concepts in order to argue against Christianity and therefore undermines it's own premise. The atheistic worldview does not comport with reality."

4. 1491 by Charles Mann. A very interesting view of the Americas before the Europeans arrived. Not at all what I had expected. It demolishes the idea that the land was a pristine and peaceful paradise.

5. Anne Rice's Lestat and Taltos stories and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones series. I know that's two, but I ran out of space. Not for the gentle reader and I personally get a lot of flack for even admitting that I've enjoyed them. But wow! Those two can tell a story in such a convincing, descriptive manner that it is just unearthly.
What do you read for pleasure?
Scary books, history, theology, Star Wars. Really, if the story grabs me, it doesn't really matter the genre. I just ride the wave.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. No doubt. No question about it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Newsletters specific to that area of emphasis. And giving to that community. The best way to receive attention is just to do something nice for that group and not expect a return.
Describe your desk
I have a Perestroika clasp under my monitor. A silver dollar. A coffee cup. A flashlight. And some chocolates that my children want me to taste. It makes no sense. But it's home.
Published 2013-12-23.
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