Interview with T. Lawrence Harrison

You were both a Protestant and Catholic clergyman?
Yes, guilty, I'm afraid! I was originally ordained into the United Church of Christ. However, in the mid-1980's I converted to Catholicism. When the Vatican said neither "yes" or "no" to my being ordained a priest, the bishop asked if I would consider becoming a permanent deacon. I said "yes" - and I was!
In addition to Somerset Maugham, Hermann Hesse and Marcus Aurelius, who else do you read?
Love the works of John Le Carre!
What about the Papal knight thing?
Well, I think the bishop of my diocese recommended me for it as something of a "consolation prize" for being ordained a permanent deacon instead of a priest. A silly toy, but it did give me a swelled head for a while.
What is your religion now?
Just trying to be a better human being! I suppose I've substituted the stoic philosophy of Marcus Aurelius for my "religion" and try to put into practice the wisdom of Somerset Maugham that "The right thing is the kind thing." And, that of Hermann Hesse that "The true vocation of man is to find his way to himself." I'm still searching!
"THE STRONGEST LOVE..." is pretty racy. What inspired it?
"OF HUMAN BONDAGE," of course. And, what begins at a Las Vegas airport always stays at a Las Vegas airport, unless of course, it finds its way into a sexy, provocative novella.
And, "ALL BOXED IN?"
Would you believe a very early novel by Maugham AND a song by Bob Dylan?
And, what about "ADAM'S PEAK?"
I describe it as being "Maughamesque." Is that even a word? "In the spirit of Maugham" is what I'm getting at. And, there is this wonderful short story by Maugham titled "The Pool" that kept coming to my mind as I wrote Adam's Peak.
What are you working on now?
A very contemporary - and very intense - political thriller I'm calling "THE HUNT FOR BONIFACE." Should be ready by Thanksgiving! At least that's what I'm hoping!
Tell us more about the Las Vegas airport?
Am afraid I have said too much already! Did I mention it is very convenient to the strip?
Published 2015-09-15.
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Books by This Author

"The Strongest Love..."
You set the price! Words: 29,550. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
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"THE STRONGEST LOVE" is T. Lawrence Harrison's powerful and provocative homage to W. Somerset Maugham. Composed of three "novellas" inspired by the great novelist and short story writer: "THE STRONGEST LOVE...," "ADAM'S PEAK" and "ALL BOXED IN;" with each story a moving tale of our common struggle to find happiness and security in an all-too-often unhappy and insecure world.