Interview with Harold Pryde

How do you approach cover design?
The cover design of my short story had to be an abstract sum of what the entire situation and plot entailed. I played around with more than a dozen concepts and showed off designs to others before the title was ever up. I asked them to describe the feeling that this or that particular picture invoked in them before I chose the one that matched up with the intended theme of the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
One of my most favorite books would have to be "The First Man of Rome". I'm a sucker for intrigue and politics this is the classic that made it so for anyone interested in the late republican period.

"Berserk" as far as Seinen goes, takes the cake for me. Its got action, gore, and dark take on the fantasy genre that's not to common.

If your millennial like me, then you'll understand how the "Harry Potter series" is one of those works that help define a generation. I'd even say this is what turned me into fairly voracious reader.

"The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali" is a must read.This is one of the most clear cut and reality changing pieces of work on Yoga I have ever read.

Now, last but least, my final favorite book. Although many of the timeline's on Alternatehistory.com aren't e-books yet or completed, I would say the pieces of work on the website are very fun and entertaining reads that most should watch out for. I know that they certainly influenced my work and I'd like to give a bow to the hardworking authors over there.Please keep up the spectacular work.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have a particular like for alternative history, historical works, fan fiction and works dealing with many esoteric and occultist themes. Religious works also fascinate me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
The only e-book reading device I like is one that carries my work.

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Describe your desk
I usually try and keep my desk as blank as possible so that I'm not distracted.Can't have the outside world mucking up the thoughts you want to put down on paper, unless you want that to happen.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The plot of my first short story is based around what a much more realistic take on what we know to be magic and occultism would look like if it was actually exploited in the real world. The stories to come will explain just how this could plausibly occur and what the future would look like in such a world.

I wish to emphasize that while the story characters and some the places will in fact be fictional, the concepts and practices described will not.
So hold on to brainmeats readers, I will attempt to mesmerize them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like reading and love writing, but the traditional approach wasn't and isn't exactly feasible for me.This path offered a much more sustainable and efficient way for me to get my ideas out there to those who'd be interested.
Published 2014-08-08.
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