Interview with R.L. Harber

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always enjoyed writing for personal benefit. A friend from work looked at the latest manuscript and liked the story. He told me about Smashwords and told me to try to publish it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Honestly, without Smashwords, I probably would have never tried to publish. I have always enjoyed writing, but never enjoyed the process of trying to get anything published the traditional way.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The process. I just enjoy writing. I have never considered trying to publish. I just like to write.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope that they will enjoy reading my stories as much as I like writing them. I always welcome their critiques and criticisms and plan to use them to write even better in the future.
What are you working on next?
My first book, "No World For Tomorrow" is part of a series. I am already working on the next book in the series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I would have to say, "My children." They are by far the best girls that any father could ask for.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working on projects. I love personal projects. I work on various projects to help keep my ever-active mind occupied.
What is your writing process?
Dreams! I have had strange and interesting dreams for as long as I can remember. I try to write them down. Sometimes they remain dreams, other times they turn into stories. I like to write freestyle. I go out to my other house up in the mountains and take a dream and just sit down at the computer or my tablet and begin to write them out. I go back and take the freestyle script and then begin working on the elements, over and over again, until a story developes.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a book called Firefight (can't remember the author). It was about a soldier who decided to return to Vietnam after the war. He had learned that his Vietnamese wife, whom he had assumed had died in an explosion, was alive. He returned to rescue her and their son (whom she was pregnant with when the explosion happened).

The book was filled with action almost from the beginning and got more intense as the story went on. It really held my attention (which is hard to do), and I could not put the book down.
How do you approach cover design?
I talked to a friend who knew an artist. I gave him the basic elements and let him do what he does best. He designed the cover with very little promting. I am very pleased with the cover. Hopefully, the fans will like it aslo.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love action and adventure. I just finished a book called Hybrids by Whitley Strieber. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many parts of the country and abroad. My father was military and so was I. After the military, I became a truck driver for many years. I think that this helps me to be able to describe many places in my writing, as I have firsthand knowledge of these places.
Published 2014-10-04.
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Books by This Author

No World For Tomorrow
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 70,460. Language: American English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Horror » General
Kidnapped from Dallas Texas, Jeanine must discover why these men are after her and her unborn child. Who are these men and why did they come for her and the baby?