Interview with Maud Harris

What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book I have published is a young adult thriller about a damaged young man who collects dolls - human dolls. Set around a hospital in Manchester it plots his gradual decline and his compulsion to kidnap girls (usually nurses) .Follow the tension as he desperately tries to stay ahead of the law and his dilemma about what to do once he has collected his quota.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always had the idea for a book, but it lay dormant until I received a Kindle for one Christmas. That was the starting point which led me to a drastically steep learning curve . Knowing practically nothing about formatting or the internet, I struggled for a year until finally I gave birth to my first book.'Three Years in Starch' It is the story of my nurse training in the late'50's to early 60's . That one took off, much to my surprise and I have since written three others and am now working on the sequel to 'Three Years' telling of my travels abroad and working in war ravaged countries.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Once I had figured out Mark Coker's instructions - and that took some doing! - I found Smashwords to be an excellent platform from which to launch my books. To date, the most sales have been on Kobo with a few on Apple and the Smashwords site itself. Also the search engines have picked up on my work, which is an added bonus.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To see my own creation in print first, then to look back and see how much I have learned about the internet. Also it has opened the floodgates of my imagination and I find myself looking for plots in everyday situation. It's like a renaissance.
What do your fans mean to you?
I rarely meet people who have bought my books but I am eternally grateful that they have done. I think of them as likeminded people and It is my readers who have made me an author.
What are you working on next?
My next book 'Following the Drum' is a sequel to 'Three years in starch' . I have written five chapters so far, I hope to have it ready by early next year. It tells of my travels and work in Cyprus when the EOKA troubles were ongoing, Berlin when the wall was up, Malta after the British had pulled out the first time, Singapore when Siagon fell and Cyprus again just before the Turkish invasion. The problem is, I will do anything to distract myself from the nitty gritty of writing, even to the extent of writing this interview!
Who are your favorite authors?
Undoubtedly CJ Sansom for all his Shardlake books.Franciose Sagan for her elegant novels - although she may be difficult to find. The historical novels of Phillipa Gregory and Doris Lessing for 'Summer before the Dark'
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse through Kindle and Smashwords as well as reading blogs and doing google searches. I try to keep a balance between free books and paid ones .
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. When I was training to be a Relate counsellor I was inspired to write a short story based on the interaction in a marriage. I didn't have the confidence to do anything with it and it's still in a cupboard somewhere.
What is your writing process?
I keep a notebook by my bedside for ideas that come in the night, my husband has got used to me jumping up occasionally to jot something down,if I don't it's forgotten by the morning. I try to write at least 1000 words a day but sometimes I fall woefully short. There are good days when I can write a whole chapter though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Louisa Alcotts 'Little Women', it made me cry.
Published 2013-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Short Stories and Poems Volume 2
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 28,360. Language: British English. Published: November 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Short description Short Stories and Poems is an eclectic collection of flash fiction stories. Each story is self contained and ideal for bedtime reading. The tales cover many genres and locations.
Short Stories and Poems
Series: Short stories and poems volume 2. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 27,970. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
An eclectic collection of Flash Fiction covering most genres from historical fiction to fantasy. Ideal for a quick read on the train or while travelling to work.
Following the Drum
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 29, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
'Following the Drum' is the story of the trials and tribulations of an armed forces wife.Told with humour, it details the problems of juggling children, a carreer, constant relocations and living amongst gun toting Cypriot soldiers, plus the threat of the Red Army at our door. Also supporting military familiies as their men were deployed in the Gulf, and later, the Falklands.
Sarah Sunshine and the Elves
Price: Free! Words: 4,830. Language: British English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
A children's bedtime story with short, readable chapters.It tells of Sarah Sunshine and her cat, Poppy and their search for elves.
The Quota
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,280. Language: British English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A young adult story about a psychopath who collects Barbie dolls - human Barbie dolls. Set around a hospital in Manchester UK,his quota is four.Can he manage to kidnap all four before DI Livingstone catches up with him?. Read what happens when he collects his quota.
Three Years In Starch.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,850. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
An account of general nurse training in a large teaching hospital in the West of England from 1959 to 1962.Read about the haunted ward,the man on the hospital balcony with a gun, the day Sister's muslin cap fell in the bathwater, and much more.Sometimes sad, sometimes hilarious. fast paced and full of anecdotes.