Interview with Richard Harrison

What do your fans mean to you?
There is no greater compliment than hearing from someone who has enjoyed reading one of my books.

One reader told me she cried when reading the race description in 'First Tuesday.'

I have never felt so moved and proud.
What are you working on next?
I am writing a novel called 'The Ringer.'

It was inspired by a theory someone explained to me (that they swore was true) as to the real motivation behind the infamous Fine Cotton ring in.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fiction - Raymond Chandler. Often copied never bettered.

Memoir - Clive James and Bill Bryson. Both paint such colourful pictures from so few words.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To create something that just might make a difference to someone one day. However small.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am cricket fan and a cricket umpire with Cricket Victoria. That occupies a lot of my time during the summer. In the winter months I support the Collingwood Magpies in the AFL. In between I go to the races and take some leisurely walks along the Hastings foreshore.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Generally recommendations from like minded friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I wrote it at school and having found it so easy to do I was worried it wouldn't be any good. When the teacher (Mr. Erickson) handed our work back he kept hold of mine. I thought I was in trouble for not making more of an effort. Instead he read it aloud to whole class. I was amazed.
What is your writing process?
I like to map out a plot and make notes as to what will unfold in each chapter. That is all subject to change but I marvel at people who start writing a story without a clear idea as to where it will go or how it will end. That just wouldn't work for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I remember being beside myself when Charlie unwrapped the Wonka Bar his grandfather gave him, catching a glimpse of the Golden Ticket. It was like being transported to different place and time.
How do you approach cover design?
Having created a couple myself I now concentrate on writing a detailed brief, whereupon I leave it to the professionals on 99designs.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

Unreliable Memoirs - Clive James

Down Under - Bill Bryson

Animal Farm - George Orwell

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The five books I would try to save if the house caught on fire.
What do you read for pleasure?
Clive James, Bill Bryson and Raymond Chandler.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am very much still learning.
Describe your desk
Organised chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was comfortable, safe and middle class. I honestly can't say how it influenced me.
When did you first start writing?
Seriously about ten years ago when I penned 'First Tuesday.' I had always wanted to but lacked the self belief that anyone would want to read it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That might get me in trouble as some of the protagonists are still alive.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to create something that just might make a difference to someone. However small. If I can write something that puts a smile on someone's face that (for me) is a crowning achievement.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me a distribution outlet and access to much wider audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Entertaining myself and the thrill of creating something truly unique.
Published 2013-11-26.
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Books by This Author

The Export Gardener
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,800. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
An optimistic Australian abandons a corporate career and decides the affluent commuter town of Sevenoaks in Kent is the ideal place to launch a gardening business in the UK. If you have ever wanted to start a business or you simply enjoy tending to your own garden, you will delight in the comical misadventures of ‘The Export Gardener.’ This is one book that is sure to put a smile on your face.
First Tuesday
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 28,930. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
The Melbourne Cup is due to be run in five day's time when super star jockey Alan Da Silva is brutally murdered. The victim of a late night hit and run in the Crown Casino car park. Da Silva had been booked to ride Cup favorite Lord Melbery, a horse owned by ruthless casino boss Albert Maressmo. Would Maressmo have his own jockey killed on the eve of the race?