Interview with L.E. Harrison

What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on Book Two in the Children Of Corvus series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started writing poetry in fourth grade. Back then, when I finished a poem, I would give it to my teacher, Mrs. Muhlenberg - who promised to give them back to me at the end of the school year. She never gave the poems back, which is something I've always regretted. I would love to read them all these years later!

I wrote my first short story in seventh grade for a writing assignment, and got good feedback from my English teacher. She encouraged me to keep writing - which, of course, I did.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors are Stephen King, Jennifer Roberson, Connie Willis, Sharon Kay Penman, Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, Judith Merkle Riley, Carol Berg, Neil Gaiman, Hugh Howey, and Jeff Vandermeer. That's quite a long quite a list, but I know I've left a few out!
What is your writing process?
I always listen to music when I write. I have playlists named for either the book I am currently writing, or for specific characters. Music helps me get into the mood of the story, and block out all the external distractions of life.
How do you approach cover design?
I am very lucky to be surrounded by a family of artists. My brother-in-law's painting, "The Gathering," was used for the cover of The Druids Of Blackwater Valley. My daughter did the artwork for the cover of my poetry and short story collection, From the Uncollected Thoughts Of: L.E. Harrison.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
C.S. Lewis's Chronicles Of Narnia series was a big influence, when I was younger. I was a huge fan of S.E. Hinton in my teenage years, which is also when I discovered Stephen King. I wanted to write a book like The Outsiders or The Stand.
Published 2016-03-05.
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