Interview with Lewis Harrison

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was about 10 years old and it was about a cowboy
What is your writing process?
I have an absolute passion for writing. I never experience writers block. I usually have 15 -20 projects going at the same time. They are like my children, all lined up in a folder titled "Active Projects." When I arise in the morning I do some meditation, some Tai chi, get my coffee with a tsp. of cocoa powder and open that folder. Then I spend about 10-30 minutes on each book. I only stop one when i feel fulfilled for the day...then I move on to the next one.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a book called "Emile and the Detectives". I don't recall any of it. I picked it up when they took me to the library on a school trip. What I do remember is encyclopedias. I misbehaved in school and teachers would send me to the back of the room. The walls were lined with encyclopedias. It was absolute heaven for me.
How do you approach cover design?
I use freelancers in developing nations. All part of the new global economy. I review the work they have done, contact them and they send me samples. I choose the one I like.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
* The Tao te Ching - The deepest and simplest book ever written
* Chuang Tzu - Commentaries on the Tao te Ching
* Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism - Tells how it really is with people who "fake" being spiritual but are really clueless
* Genius - The Life of Richard Feynman, He changed the rules of physics and never took himself too seriously
* The Wisdom of Insecurity - I was fourteen and it opened my eyes to new ways of thinking
* Zen Mind, Beginners Mind [- The next step after The Tao te Ching

Yes this is 6 books. I can list as many as I please...so there!
What do you read for pleasure?
I.B. Singer, articles on Game Theory, wikipedia articles on geniuses and visionaries that changed the world.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Don't use 'em. I have 3,000 books in my garage. I pick through them as the mood grabs me. Of course I always have my laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. I speak and offer seminars so many hear of my work that way. Also lot's of facebook posting with links to the book. I also host a radio show on NPR. That helps as well
Describe your desk
Simply put my moto is "A clean and neat desk is the sign of an idle mind"
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The streets of the South Bronx. I know their is good and evil and then what appears to be evil but can be good if placed in the right circumstances
When did you first start writing?
When I was about fifteen. I went through a poetry phase. Not bad work actually. I had a lot of passion for the underdog and poetry was an outlet for my righteous anger.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Offering a path for a spiritual life without religious dogma
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was already published 12 times by mainstream publishers. Indie is clearly the future.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Very important to give people as much access to my work as possible. Smashwords does this.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The act of pulling diverse ideas together in a connected thread of thought that I hadn't been aware of previously.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are what is most important. They make it all worth it.
What are you working on next?
A series of books on Gamification, life strategies and Game Theory
Who are your favorite authors?
I.B Singer, Philip K. Dick
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The chance to write
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch a movie every night. We buy them randomly in VHS format at thrift stores. My wife is a real "thinker" so we share ideas, debate issues etc.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends recommend them
What is your greatest passion as a writer?
Knowing that my work really changes lives
Published 2014-12-23.
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