Interview with T.C. Harrison

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Californian who's a tourist that's been stuck in Florida for 26 years.
My social interactions and experiences (the few good and mostly bad), my observations, imagination and the various subjects that you read about in books or in the news affect my writing somehow. You'll find these influences in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was a little girl. I wrote songs, poems, and stories. In fact, I was in fourth grade when my first poem was published in my elementary school's newsletter. In fifth grade, we had to write a story and I wrote a story inspired by the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and with my teacher's help I put the story together and hot glued it with a cover that I had made. So that was my first DIY project!
Describe your desk
For the most part, my desk is portable and available anywhere as long as I have writing materials. Otherwise, I’ll write in my head and hold onto it until I can write it down.
What is your writing process?
I don’t really have a process per say. If I have an idea I’ll write it down and then flesh it out a little bit. Sometimes I’ll create an outline. If it’s a poem I just write it.
I read over what I wrote first. Sometimes I revise while I’m still writing. I check for grammatical errors and see if what I wrote makes sense. I’ll leave it alone for awhile and come back to it and write something that sounds better. As far as drafts go, it varies every time. I know it’s at least two drafts but it could be more especially if it’s a story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Concerning non-fiction, I'll read books about subjects that interest me (history, fashion, music, travel, food, etc.). I'll read about places that I want to visit. As for fiction, I read mostly sci-fi, fantasy, crime, mystery, and suspense.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to publish my stories and for the most part, I'm used to doing things on my own and going indie is a great way that shows my individuality and my creativity.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of projects that I'm working on...hmm...which one should I tell you about? Which one? Which one?
This October my first novel I, Darcy will be released. It's been a long journey writing this book, the idea came to me in 2013 and now it's finally in print. Next year I'll release the first volume of my NaPoWriMo poems from the last four years. I'm working on a couple of story ideas (sequel to Orniainthi, a western novel and a fantasy novel) and I hope to publish at least two of them next year.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a mermaid fantasy novella titled Orniainthi. Here's the blurb: An incident during a group dive resigns oceanographer Dr. Viola E. Foy's to her desk for eight years. That changes when she receives an urgent call from college friend, Dr. Devin Strucker. Now VP of the Future Underwater Colonization Agency (FUCA), they need Foy’s expertise for an exciting sea expedition.

But the trip isn’t what it appears to be.

Dr. Foy finds herself betrayed and forced to dive into Andros Island’s mysterious Black Hole. There, an accident transforms her, altering her destiny and making her a target for FUCA and the US Navy.

More trouble arrives in the form of FUCA’s mysterious CEO Wendell Normand Galloway. Re-emerging after years of seclusion, his plans threaten to doom the world to a watery grave.

Can Dr. Foy harness her new abilities, avoid capture and save the world in time?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read, listen to music, watch movies or TV (mostly movies, I'm lazy when it comes to TV), or sleep. I don't go out much-I've got social phobia.
Who are your favorite authors?
Octavia Butler, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, and Nikki Giovanni. Comic book/graphic novel authors: Greg Pak, G. Willow Wilson, Greg Rucka, and Gail Simone.
What is your favorite quote?
“Momento Mori” which means “Remember that you will die” it’s my favorite because it reminds me not to waste each day and cherish the good as well as the bad because you can learn and grow from both.
A line you wish you wrote:
I have two: A screaming comes across the sky. —Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow and

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. —C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Five favorite books
1. The Outsiders
I read this book in middle school and it spoke to me. I've always been an outsider.

2. Frankenstein
I read this my senior year of high school. It was my first horror/sci-fi book.

3. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
I read this in fifth grade and I fell in love with it instantly. It was my first fantasy book and I was able to read the rest of the series including the first book in the series (which was published sixth) The Magician's Nephew.

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Each individual chapter in the story is a mystery which needed to be solved. I couldn't put the book down until Sherlock solved the case.

5. BloodChild and Other Stories
My first introduction to Octavia Butler's writing, and I've never looked back.
Advice you would like to pass on to other writers:
Follow your own path and find what works for you. There's lots of great advice about writing out there, but not all of it will work for you. I had to figure out what advice worked and didn't work for me. So I suggest you do the same.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Honestly, there are times when I don't want to get out of bed. But what inspires me to get up are the stories in my head that I want to write down and share, and the goals that I want to accomplish.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By going online. I prefer to have a printed copy of a book but I'll read an ebook if it's a comic/graphic novel, and if it's around 200 pages or less.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not a good artist (I'm working on it) so my approach is to sketch/visualize the idea I have and then using the free tools available to me I create my cover. I keep working on it until I'm satisfied with the result. My favorite cover that I've created so far is the one for my upcoming novel I, Darcy.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the story out of my head and onto paper so the world can read it.
What do your fans mean to you?
That I appreciate them taking the time to check out my work.
I don't know if I have any but if I do thanks for the support!
If I have fans I hope that they're enjoying my stories and that they'll look forward to what's to come.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. The Outsiders
I read this book in middle school and it spoke to me. I've always been an outsider.

2. Frankenstein
I read this my senior year of high school. It was my first horror/sci-fi book.

3. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.
I read this in fifth grade and I fell in love with it instantly. It was my first fantasy book and I was able to read the rest of the series including the first book in the series (which was published sixth) The Magician's Nephew.

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Each individual chapter in the story is a mystery which needed to be solved. I couldn't put the book down until Sherlock solved the case.

5. BloodChild and Other Stories
My first introduction to Octavia Butler's writing, and I've never looked back.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Before I owned my Kindle I would use my laptop, but now I use my Kindle.
Published 2017-07-19.
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Books by This Author

Cooper Whitelaw, Conman Extraordinaire
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,340. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
An infamous conman plans one last heist to escape the life of the underworld and start anew. But unexpected challenges and a surprise murder threaten to undermine his entire scheme. Will our conman get his new beginning or will the crimson waves of fate crash down and entomb him in the underworld forever?
Acrostic
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,960. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
After completing The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess trilogy and four years of NaPoWriMo, author T.C. Harrison wanted to go in a new direction with their poems. The inspiration came in the form of watching a member of one of their favorite KPop groups creating acrostic poems on the fly.
I, Darcy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,600. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A sixteen year old eidolon girl’s charged in the death of her human bully. Her human step-father volunteers to represent her but they distrust each other. Can they reconcile in time to win the case?
Passage To Valhalla: NaPoWriMo 2017
Price: Free! Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
This is the fourth volume of T.C. Harrison’s NaPoWriMo series. Once again, each of the 30 poems were written each day during the month of April and are reactionary pieces inspired by the author's feelings, reflections, life experiences and the daily events that took place throughout the month. Like the previous year, each poem is meant to inspire the reader as well as reflect upon the world at lar
Orniainthi
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,130. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Eight years ago, an incident during a group dive resigns oceanographer Dr. Viola E. Foy to her desk. An urgent call from a college friend marks her return to sea exploration. But deception, betrayal, a transformation, and the end of the world await her. Can Dr. Foy harness her new abilities, avoid capture and save the world in time?
The April Fool: NaPoWriMo 2016
Price: Free! Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence & self-esteem
This is the third volume of T.C. Harrison’s NaPoWriMo series. Once again, each of the 30 poems were written each day during the month of April and are reactionary pieces inspired by the author's feelings, reflections, life experiences and the daily events that took place throughout the month. Like the previous year, each poem is meant to inspire the reader as well as reflect upon the world at larg
The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess: Musings of a Blerd (Vol. 3)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,330. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / general
This third and final installment in The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess by T.C. Harrison is a book filled with poetic musings from the author inspired by their thoughts, feelings, reflections, and life experiences.
The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess: To Love and Know Thyself (Vol.2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,380. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / general, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Dating
Originally titled Attack On Love, "To love and know thyself is to grow and change..." is the premise of volume two To Love and Know Thyself in T.C. Harrison's The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess series. In this book, T.C. shares poems inspired from their experiences dealing with love and relationships.
The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess: College Days of Future Past (Vol.1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: American English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / general, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
The Unconsciousness of an Ethiopian Princess College Days of Future Past is a wonderful collection of poetry from first time author T.C.Harrison. Inspired by experiences during their undergraduate career, T.C. takes the reader through the different stages of college life in a funny, light-hearted but relating manner
A Visit From the Soul-Eater: A Trove of Horror Stories, Flash and Short
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,890. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The first horror story collection from T.C. Harrison, features 31 flash fiction and short story pieces featuring various creatures of the night inspired by traditional horror tales, myths and creatures, music lyrics, and the author’s own imagination.
April Showers Always Bring Musical Showers: NaPoWriMo 2015
Price: Free! Words: 4,540. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
This is the second volume of T.C. Harrison’s NaPoWriMo series. Once again, each of the 30 poems were written each day during the month of April and are reactionary pieces inspired by the author's feelings, reflections, life experiences and the daily events that took place throughout the month. Like the previous year, each poem is meant to inspire the reader as well as reflect
Poesy Rainbow: NaPoWriMo 2014
Price: Free! Words: 3,360. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Life stages / general, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
A new entry in their poetry collections, Poesy Rainbow is the result of T.C. Harrison's participation during the month of April in NaPoWriMo 2014. Featured in this collection are thirty poems which were inspired by the author's thoughts, feelings, reflections, and life experiences. Each poem is meant to inspire the reader as well as reflect upon the world at large.