Interview with Harper Kingsley

What do you read for pleasure?
I mostly read science fiction and fantasy. I like military sci-fi ala David Drake and S.M. Stirling. I'm a big fan of L.E. Modesitt, Jr, C.J. Cherryh, Terry Pratchett, and Wen Spencer. Books like Dune, Brave New World, Lord of the Flies, and Comfort & Joy have had a big effect on me as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire, though I'm hoping to upgrade to an HDX if someone is nice enough to gift me with one :P
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in the second grade. There was this class assignment for parents' night where we were all supposed to write a fairy tale story. Mine was about a girl trapped by a witch in a castle made of thorns.

I don't really remember the story itself so much, but I remember the feeling I got when it was all done and I was looking at the picture I drew for the cover. I was so proud of myself that I never wanted to forget that feeling. So I kept on writing more and more stories because it felt good.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Shyness. Seriously, I talk big on the Internet, but I'm actually very shy. I don't like putting myself out there so much and the risk of rejection makes my stomach hurt. So I self-pubbed a book, and I found out that I liked it.

There's something nice about maintaining control of story and having all the options about where it's going to be displayed and how it's going to be read. Plus if there's any mistakes, I like that I can go back through and fix them with a new version.
What is your writing process?
I have several different processes, and it depends on the type of story I'm writing.

For some I just go with the flow. I start with the first chapter and let the story take me where it will. It's fun because I don't quite know where the story is going to end up and it's like I'm reading it while I'm writing. It's very spontaneous, though it can sometimes backfire if I get caught on a scene and lose my forward momentum. I have a lot of half-finished works on my computer that I don't know what to do with because I don't know how they end.

For other stories, I write chapter-by-chapter outlines that sketch out everything that's going to happen. In some ways, that's the best way for me to write because it's fast, there's no real surprises, and knowing what's supposed to happen and what's going to come next keeps me moving forward.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I love that people read and enjoy the stories I write. I love hearing from someone that they like a world I've created or a particular character. I like knowing that someone is getting as much enjoyment out of reading a book I've written as I had writing it.

It's humbling and strange, but it's awesome too. I love my fans.
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

Paradigm Shift
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,380. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Alternative history
Gregor Tierney has been hiding as a Two for most of his life, but now his cover has been blown. His status as a Third has been permanently tied to his Identity and all he can do is make the best of a bad situation. He has been forced to enter the Duadenora Family as the chosen Bondmate of the Family heir. He can choose to Bond, or refuse and hope for a better offer. But he WILL be Bound.
Psychotic
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,210. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Warrick leaves the cabin while Vereint is away and finds himself in some trouble. Side shot to Allies & Enemies. Word count: 8750 Includes excerpts at the end: The first two chapters of Allies & Enemies. The first two chapters of The Panic Pure. And the opening of Normal Again.
Faizel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,230. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
The vampire Faizel has found himself in a world with a strange new breed of vampires and must make a place for himself there. To that end, he allows himself to indulge in what should be a one night stand with beautiful Charlemagne, but somehow it becomes the start of something more. Original slash fiction. 10,640 words.
The Scent of Flowers
Price: Free! Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The last remnants of humanity. A short introspection piece told from the perspective of a rather untrustworthy narrator.
The Wedding
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,940. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The core members of the League of Superheroes have gone to attend a wedding. In their absence, the Junior League is left in charge. And at first things go smoothly, until there's a containment leak in Science Lab 1 and a deadly entity is released. Features: A romantic wedding event, a dangerous alien outbreak, m/m romance, snarky superheroes, and plenty of Captain Victorious being himself.
Pulse of the City
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,880. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Alternative history
Susie Smith has been suffering from amnesia ever since she was dug out from beneath a destroyed building after Malice the Malcontent attacked the city. She has no idea who her family is or where she came from. She was a blank slate that had to create a completely new identity. Then, while hanging out with her friends, the mall is attacked and Susie comes face-to-face with the Teen Demis.
Shame
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
Simon Peters is a popular actor that has just been outed on the national news... while being tortured by a madman. Tied to a bed, he undergoes a traumatic experience that he is just beginning to overcome when he begins to receive letters from his tormentor that he finds waiting for him not in the mail, but inside his home.
Little Boy Blue
Series: Of Blood universe. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 116,710. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Demons, angels, devils, and Ashley Valentine. Just a typical story about a boy joining a band, then having to go on a quest to defend everyone he loves from a vindictive demon.
The Center
Series: Of Blood universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,990. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Alternative history
Before he used his psychic gifts to work with the police. Before he became Julian Duncan... He was Julian DeVries, a scared boy held at a secret facility known only as The Center. Abused and experimented on, his only desire was freedom and escape from a terrible future only he could see.
Visions of Blood & Shadow
Series: Of Blood universe. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 131,820. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Visions and portents abound in "Visions of Blood & Shadow" where a group of people are drawn together by a series of seemingly random circumstances that are anything but. Beginning with the death of a child and a father's drive to find vengeance at any cost, events culminate into a life or death meeting to prevent a madman from causing the end of the world.
Origins: Starburst
Price: Free! Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Teenage boy wanders into superbattle. Teenage boy gets killed. Then he gets back up again. The Origin mythos of the superhero Starburst.
Blood Wine
Series: Of Blood universe. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,070. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After the terrifying events of "Visions of Blood & Shadow," Valerie is attempting to come to grips with his transformation from man to vampire. He is frightened at the idea of living forever, but at least he doesn't have to be alone--he has Justyn and Daeniel to guide him. But not even they are prepared for the apocalyptic arrival of hostile aliens bent on wiping out the human race.