Interview with M. Harrison

How do you approach cover design?
Usually my philosophy is the simpler the better. A good example would be the Twilight Saga book covers. The first three are really simple. I just think that a simple cover lends more to the story itself. Not that a more elaborate book cover isn't an option for me. But I'd usually go simpler before going elaborate.
What genre are your books?
I am always dreaming up story ideas revolving around a paranormal concept, so I'm very into Paranormal Fiction and even some Fantasy. Those are what I love to read and I love to write them as well. I like reading Chick Lit, but if I tried to write it, the main character would end up being turned into a werewolf or something.
Do you have a day job?
Actually, I do. Writing isn't exactly paying the bills at the moment so I work in an office. It's pretty dull work but it puts money in the bank every week. And in my off-time, I write!
Where is one place you would really like to visit one day?
I'd really like to visit the United Kingdom one day. England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland... I want to see it all. I want to see the rest of Europe, maybe Asia. There's so much to see on this planet. Maybe I should make a bullet-pointed list.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans? I love my fans! Anyone out there who's a fan of mine has a special place in my heart. They support what I love to do by buying my work. And that means the world to me.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I definitely want to have books on the best-seller list. I think that's any writer's ambition...to have as many people read your books as possible! I just want to develop an extensive catalog of work so that people are always discovering something new I've written.
How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, let's see... I'd say it depends on the book, really. Short stories usually take me a couple weeks to polish off, if stay focused. Regular length novels probably take a few months, again if I stay focused. It all depends on what else I have going on, but I'd say that anywhere from a couple weeks to a few months is a good estimation.
While writing, do you take drugs, smoke marijuana or drink alcohol to beef up your creative imagination?
I don't do anything to enhance my creativity, but I do find it fun to try to write when I'm hopped up on Benadryl. I think I get weirdly creative when I'm tired!
What is your favorite series, and why?
The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon is probably in my top five favorite series of all time. The story is amazing. Really detailed. You can't help but root for the characters. It's definitely tied with the Harry Potter series.
Tea or Coffee?
I love tea. When I plan on writing on a nice Saturday morning, I percolate some water and make a huge steaming cup of it with sugar.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love reading books on my iPad.
You were bitten by a vampire. Now what?
I guess I'm a vampire! I'll of course have to learn how to control my cravings, make some vampire friends, and pick out a snazzy coffin to sleep in during the day.
Sitting alone in a field, looking up at the stars, what do you think/feel?
I think about the other life forms out there in this universe and other universes. It makes me feel small and insignificant. It also awes me to be such a small part of something so unfathomably large.
Favorite place to eat.
The Cheesecake Factory!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in middle school. It was only journal entries at first, then poetry. Then I graduated to novels in high school.
Published 2013-11-03.
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Gotham
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Aconite
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