Interview with Francis Harford

What's the story behind your latest book?
Some years ago, I noticed that nobody had ever really personified 'Mammon' in fiction. I also saw that the world was ripe for a no-holds-barred satire about globalisation, AI and the cult of celebrity.

Many of the things that I had on my mind in the nineties are now not far from fiction. So, I wrote a novel in three months. I christened it Planes, Cars and Stars as an homage to one of the best comedy movies of the 1980s. Hopefully, my compact satire stands the test of time - and raises a few chuckles.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to lay a foundation stone. What happens now is up to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The 'flow' state - time disappears. The world disappears. You write until you fall out of your trance...and then you notice that it is two o'clock in the afternoon. You have been writing for over three hours and you have seven or eight hundred words to show for it. Magical.
What do your fans mean to you?
Let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet!
What are you working on next?
I have three new novels in the embryonic stage.
Who are your favorite authors?
Authors, plural. Hmm. Dostoyevsky has always been like an archangel to me. Heinlein had me enthralled for a time. Dickens. Marguerite Duras. Richard Brautigan. Bukowski. Huxley. I have scores of favorites.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The endless possibilities.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I used to spend it doing crosswords, drinking cocktails and visiting foreign lands, but that only takes you so far.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I apply the principle of chaotic chance - and I scan the genres I enjoy...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was in the fifth grade when I wrote and illustrated a four-page comic entitled 'The Adventures of Arthur Ameoba' as an English assignment. In my imagination, Arthur was orange...and he was the only single-cellular organism in history to ever become a tennis professional.

Surprisingly, I earned an A + for it. I think Mrs Hamilton was just being generous. It was quite an amusing little text, but I had no ability as an illustrator. I would have given it a solid B plus...for the writing alone!
What is your writing process?
I let my "writing mind" wander for a bit - - and then the fingers start moving on the keyboard at breakneck speed. What else can I say?
Published 2017-02-04.
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Books by This Author

Jack and the Moonstalker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,250. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Jack discovers a cosmic secret threatening humankind. Aided by Wendy the Great and her friends, he must use the Celeritas as an ally to challenge the might of the Moonstalker.
Nymphs and Satyrs
Price: $3.69 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
A powerful collection of verse from Francis Harford. Sensual, insightful, impressive and contemplative. This is a must-own for all lovers of poetry
Planes, Cars and Stars
Price: $3.25 USD. Words: 48,820. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Planes, Cars and Stars is a satire of galactic proportions. Tracy and Hippocrates ("Hippy") travel to the strange world of Amriff-Arret with Kurtiz, an intergalactic dandy. There, they discover that a 'sibling' planet of Earth is ruled by Mammon the Supercomputer and The Little Red Can Company.