Ross Harrison


Ross Harrison is the author of three novels and two short stories. Although he doesn't stray from science fiction, he has ventured into multiple sub-genres, including space opera, thriller, noir, and steampunk. He has been writing since childhood, and occasionally likes to revisit those old stories for a good cringe and nervous laugh.

Ross lives on the UK/Eire border in Ireland, where he moved from England in 2001, hoping the rain will help his hair grow back.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Like, probably, all indie authors, I didn't intend to be one. I was in too much of a hurry to get my work out to agents, and so ended up sending out the novel before it was ready. That resulted, naturally, in rejections. In turn, that led to me considering self-publishing.

It isn't that easy a decision, as the world of self-publishing brings a different set of difficulties to traditional publishing. Not least of all a suspicion and mistrust from readers. But eventually I made the decision to follow that road.

At that point, I had left the novel to sit for quite a while, and I knew I had to go back for another thorough edit. That edit - with the added, looming thought that real people would be reading these words - turned into a full rewrite. I made huge changes and improved the book drastically. To the point, in fact, that a well-respected agent read a good portion of it online and sought me out to ask for a full read. By that time, I was less than a week from publication, so I said no, but it was encouraging.

It's quite hard work if done properly, but I sold about 400 books in the first handful of months and got a lot of very good feedback, and have never felt like I did the wrong thing. I've since published a second novel and a short story, with my contribution to a sci-fi/fantasy anthology about to be published in the next month or so.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Possibly the escapism. It's like having a job title of Daydreamer. It's one of the reasons I write science fantasy, primarily. In science fantasy, I can do whatever I want. It's my universe, with my rules, and it can be whatever it needs to be.

Another joy, perhaps on par with that, is when the story and the dialogue just flows straight out of my fingertips without me having to particularly think about it. When things progress all by themselves and all I have to do is keep up.
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Where to find Ross Harrison online

Where to buy in print


Kira Part II - Horizon
Series: Kira. Price: $1.70 USD. Words: 14,130. Language: British English. Published: December 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Their town is gone and their people dead. Kira has a new responsibility: keep the boy alive. When they reach the horizon, she realises that might not be so easy.
Acts of Violence
Price: $3.39 USD. Words: 71,890. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Jack Mason thought he was keeping the girl safe. Then he found her dead in his apartment. Now the cops think he did it, and they're not the only ones. The city's crime lord wants him too. If Jack doesn't prove his innocence by the end of the day, he won't live to see tomorrow.
Temple of the Sixth
Series: NEXUS. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,250. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A race to rescue a kidnapped god and stop a fifty thousand year old evil dominating the galaxy... Too much for a failed private detective?
Series: Kira. Price: $1.70 USD. Words: 13,400. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
24 hours in the life of Kira, a Wastelander trying to survive the harsh realities of a post-apocalyptic land ruled by the brutal, oppressive Government.
Shadow of the Wraith
Series: NEXUS. Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 130,060. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A ghost ship terrorises the galaxy. Can a team of inept soldiers exorcise the stars and bring an end to an even greater threat?

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