Interview with Harley M Cranston

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, absolutely. I was in 8th grade and my teacher handed each of us a 8 by 10 photo--mine was of the interior of an abandoned factory. Our assignment was to write about the photo. Most students wrote a few paragraphs of description. I wrote a 15 page story about a fugitive wrongly convicted of murder and his flight from and final confrontation with police inside the abandoned factory. It starred my math teacher, after I got his permission to use his name and promised him a copy. I got an A on that little assignment and I've been hooked on writing since 8th grade.
What is your writing process?
I write the entire story, sometimes in longhand, sometimes on the computer, and then edit it, rather than editing while writing. I will also wrte while at work, on breaks and during lunch if the story is really nagging at me. Some authors use outlines but I rarely do, though as ideas hit me, I write them down for later use. The one time I used an outline, it was so detailed that I had the whole story, as though I'd written it and hten, because I did have that much detail, I never actually wrote the story. Outline was so detailed, it seemed I had already written it! So, a few pages of notes and ideas, and then actual writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first story, but I remember a novel that was read to the class in 5th grade. A Wrinkle in time. That book got me hooked on science fiction and paranormal. It really cemented my love of reading. After the teacher finished reading it to us, I checked the book out of the library and read it myself!
How do you approach cover design?
With intense fear! NO, seriously. I have no clue when it comes to computer graphics or graphic design. Mainly I use the cover creators on the sites I publish through but for Psychic Reunion, I decided to try to do it myself, through online cover design sites. I downloaded images from websites and used them at to create the front cover. I like the design I came up with but it was simple, only one photo and some text for title and name.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Wrinkle in Time, which just fascinated me. It explored other worlds, and other people while the main character (forgive me its been a long time since I read it so I've forgotten things) explored her own self. Now that I'm thinking about it, I'll have to read it again. Also, Stephen King's The Stand, very rich in characterization, and the battle of good and evil. Very long, but well worth the time spent reading it. I don't think the mini series did it justice though I did watch and was glued to the tv. And a couple of classics, George Orwells, 1984 and (I don't remember the author, shame on me), Fahrenheit 451. And the Ringworld series by Larry Niven.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I"m not focusing research on, though I enjoy that as well. Weird huh? Science fiction, paranormal or scifi romance, crime dramas like James Patterson writes. Really anything that sounds intriguing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon Kindle, though mine is at its storage limit!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm not sure yet which are going to be effective. I recently plunged into self-publishing and am learning my way through it and trying different things. I'm a member of The Romance Studio and other organizations. One thing I have learned so far is not be afraid to spend a few dollars here and there. You don't have to spend a fortune like some places charge to be out there. Since I just started this adventure in learning, time will tell.
Describe your desk
Its a corner unit, computer and printers on top. Some paper stacks and stuff, not entirely messy but not bare butt clean either. However it is comfortable.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up up and down the eastern seaboard. From Texas, where I was born, to Florida, Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina. My family had eleven people so I learned to find my own space and privacy in my own head and to tune out noise. I could be in a room full of a hundred people and hear nothing if I chose.
When did you first start writing?
For publication? In the late 1990's. Overall, back in 8th grade with that first photo prompt assignment.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ah, Psychic Reunion. Well, I was trying to go to sleep and the enire story was there, in my head. It ran through my head like a full screen movie but with the characters internal thoughts and dialogue and all that for the whole night. I diidnt sleep but right after I saw the husband, now ex husband, off to work I spent the day writing that story down, or rather, typing it all out on my computer. No plot notes, etc, just
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, I dont know if I'm a glutton for hard work, or what... but after several years of having my books at a couple of different publishers and dismal sales that, admittedly were likely due to having little to no time for self promotion, I decided to focus, and try self publishing. I realized that I needed to promote, a lot, and am devoting the time to do so now. It helps that I work nights and sleep mornings, so I have plenty of time to work on this. So, I am trying what I call the Adventure in learning!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I don't think I can fully answer that question yet since I am relatively new here and just started this project. Time will tell! People have downloaded samples, though and that is a start.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the story down. I love making things up and seeing them finished, in their entirety, is awesome! I love seeing the story unfold in my mind, like a movie.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are awesome and while I would still love writing if I didn't have fans, they just make the experience so much sweeter! The fact that they like what I write makes my heart swell!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on Book 2 of the Psychorp series, Psychic Alliance. It follows Jordan, who was introduced in Psychic Reunion as a support character, and Irene Ryan, a skilled healer, who has some answers no one else has to the mysteries of their psychic abilities
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, that's quite a list! To name a few, Stephen King, Christine Feehan, Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Robert Heinlein, and a whole bunch of others!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee! And writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching tv, particularly crime drama, fact and fiction. I'm addicted to Investigation Discovery Channel. I also watch football, basketball, and NHRA. Sometimes I even help my boyfriend Frank repair cars and work on building hotrods, like the 65 Dodge Dart.
Published 2016-10-19.
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