Interview with Dick Harrison

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Between Amazon, Smashwords and Kobo, I'm always aware of new titles to pique my interest based on previous books I've read and enjoyed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Enjoying Paradise on the Gulf of Mexico in a lovely retirement community where the lifestyle is somewhere between laid-back and laid-out.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do - it was in the first grade and it was about an Indian.
What is your writing process?
Hunt and peck - i've never learned to touch type in all these years because I don't see an advantage in being able to type faster than I can think
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I must have been "Dick and Jane" and the revelation that those symbols on the page meant something.
How do you approach cover design?
Very Carefully. I use a program called P.rintshop
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Bible, the Bible, the Bible, the Bible, and the Bible. You can't beat the best book ever written! After that, there are hundreds, maybe more - usually including the last book I've read or am reading.
What do you read for pleasure?
Often two or three books a week. That's a lot of pleasure!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read on a Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
If you know, please contact me at shamrock5681@gmail.com.
Describe your desk
You wouldn't want to read that!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Baltimore, Maryland, and because my mother lived there. She was a marvelous influence.
When did you first start writing?
In the first grade - see previous question.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A horrific murder in a prosperous, Gulfside community forces a retired art rep into a business where billions of dollars change hands in a hidden marketplace for stolen treasures, fakes, and forgeries. For Ed Lear and his two sidekick Siamese sleuths there is evil in abundance – evil people, evil organizations, evil regimes.
This is a different sort of mystery. No dirty dialogue. No pulse-pounding porn spelled out in four letter words. If you are saying to yourself, “OH - - - - this isn't my kind of book! - nothing here to get me to turn a page for the next string of polysyllable profanity, graphic groping or disgusting description,” I'd encourage you to read on and let your imagination paint pictures that make raunchy written recitation pale by comparison.
If your favorite pet is a pit bull trained by the 'what's his name' football star, just try to ignore the cats. Given most pussies' ability to sense who likes them and who doesn't, I'm pretty sure Zen and Zoe would ignore you, too. Concentrate on deciphering the threatening, limerick word puzzles and the twists and turns in a mystery that will unravel like a ball of yarn batted around by a couple of smart felines. Pit your intuition against the instincts of a pair of discerning feline art experts, and you will collect the reward for recovering art masterpieces worth millions.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
What motivates most authors? Dollars and desire to tell a story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Too early to tell at this point.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching the words roll out of my fingertips onto the page.
What are you working on next?
An essay / memoir: How I managed NOT To Become Famous.
Who are your favorite authors?
Usually, depends on what I'm reading.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock.
Published 2017-05-24.
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Books by This Author

Designed To Deceive. Can Two Cats Unscramble The Crime When The Clues About Art Are In Rhyme?
Series: A Zen and Zoe Mystery. Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 71,920. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A horrific murder in a prosperous, Gulfside community forces a retired art rep into a business where billions of dollars change hands in a hidden marketplace for stolen treasures, fakes, and forgeries. For Ed Lear and his two sidekick Siamese sleuths there is evil in abundance – evil people, evil organizations, evil regimes
Turn Your Art Into Dollars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,360. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to
These Mini-books are loaded with valuable information drawn from more than 20 years as an art rep selling my own art, originals and prints by other artists in all stages of their careers as well as s/n prints, and posters for major publishers. These "quick read" artist aids include: How Do You Spell $ucce$$?, The Mammoth Market Artists Often Overlook, and Are There Secrets For Selling Art?