Interview with Jess Harpur

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England. As for how that has influenced my writing, it's safe to say it probably accounts for my use of the English language. Anything more than that would just be me making stuff up as I go along - oh, wait - that's what writers do! But rather than read my assessment of what has influenced my writing, I'd much rather you read my book and decided for yourself.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote a fair bit of angst-ridden poetry in my teens, but I shan't inflict any of it on you. Here's one I wrote back in the 1960s entitled I've Got Something To Say...

I've got something to say but I can't get it out
I can't think what it is or what it's about
I know it's important, it's got to be said
It's trapped inside of me, inside of my head

I've got something to say but it can't quite escape
Like a rubbed out message on recording tape
Perhaps I am wrong and it's never been there
Just something I needed, I needed to share

It seems it took rather a long time to break free ;)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It's been superseded by the Note 4, but I have no plans to upgrade any time soon. Up until I got the Note 3 (shortly after it was released), I had been using an old, or rather 'ancient', Nokia N95 which I bought new five years previously. I don't know if the Note 3 will last that long, but I will keep it for as long as it serves my needs.
Describe your desk
Right now it's reasonably clear and tidy. My wife, however, would probably not agree with that statement.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually sneak up on it from behind, down-wind so I can take full advantage of the element of surprise. Of course, I always take the pith helmet for protection.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
At the risk of sounding pretentious, writing is like sculpting something out of language. If you do it well, it comes to life and talks to your readers in a voice they not only understand but allow into their inner world.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
But I'll take a shrewd guess that that is not the answer I'm supposed to give. So in lieu of a proper answer, I'll mention that A Maze In Greece is not my first book - I previously wrote a semi-autobiographical novel under the pen name Jo S. Wun. The title is The Jeremy - Snaps of the Dragon, and it is available here at Smashwords (
Published 2014-12-19.
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Books by This Author

A Maze In Greece
You set the price! Words: 38,940. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This book won't help you get rich (not even slowly), reveals no hidden knowledge, doesn't tell you things that 'BigPowerfulGroup' don't want you to know, probably won't improve your health, and won't even make you a better cook. So why on earth would you read it? Well, firstly, where else are you likely to read it? And secondly, how else will you satisfy your curiosity? A book about persuasion.