A. C. Harrison

Biography

Author of "Jupiter Symphony," the first book in the Nomad Trilogy, A.C. Harrison was born and raised in the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona. He has resided in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Tempe, while also spending time away from the heat in hideaways such as Payson and Flagstaff. He currently lives in Mesa with his wife and a small farm of animals that includes two dogs and two cats (and no ark). Though he does suffer a day job, his passions have driven him to writing, ultimately culminating in a side career as an author and novelist. Though mostly interested in full-length novels, A.C. Harrison has also tried his hand at short stories and research papers, mostly stemming from his time spent in college.

A.C. Harrison attended Arizona State University, where he earned a degree in Japanese language and culture. During his studies, he spent time in both Hiroshima and Tokyo, Japan. He has also spent time in Brazil, where several of his family members reside. In studying abroad, A.C. Harrison was able to live within other cultures, allowing him to step back from his own, gaining insight into just what it is to be an American in the modern world, as well as how his country is viewed internationally. As an author, Mr. Harrison would like to give special acknowledgements to John and Miko Ford of ASU, who facilitated the study abroad program which he benefited so greatly from.

Outside of travel and the study of Japanese language and culture, A.C. Harrison's interests include working on turbo-era Japanese sports cars, fly fishing, playing music, and target shooting. He also is a fan of single malt Scotch Whiskey and fine cigars, his favorite brands being Rocky Patel and Gurkha (should any adoring fans wish to send gifts). He also believes that no writer can succeed without a trusty pipe to accompany him on those long sessions of writer's block, when blowing smoke rings is all that keeps the mind working.

When it comes to authorship, the biggest influences on A.C. Harrison's writing thus far include the works of greats such as Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, John Scalzi, Joe Haldeman, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, and many others. Works such as "Snow Crash" and "Neuromancer" helped to shape the universe of the Nomad Trilogy, which includes "Jupiter Symphony," "Unto Persephone," and "The Long Night."

Beyond great cyberpunk and science fiction, A.C. Harrison enjoys classic works by many authors, foreign and domestic. He has explored the works of Hemingway, Salinger, and Huxley. Aldous' "Brave New World" was, in fact, one of the principal books to ignite Harrison's literary passion, and helped to instill in him both a wondrous and yet contemplative look at the future and what it might hold for humanity. Catering to his Japanese leanings, he has also enjoyed the works of Ibuse Masuji ("Black Rain") and Yoshikawa Eiji ("Musashi," "Taiko"). He has also read large portions of the Heike Monogatari, as well as Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji, both in English translation and in classical Japanese.

Future plans for his works include writing a book based in feudal Japan, which has led to him revisiting another of his most favorite works, James Clavell's "Shōgun." A.C. Harrison would also like to explore more contemporary literature, writing a novel set in modern times and dealing with the challenges of life of American's in the 21st century, from finding one's place in the world to such simple things as friendship, aging, and the experience of love and loss.

As an independent author, A.C. Harrison wishes to thank all the people that have supported him in his fledgling career, giving advice and lending assistance while he continuously tortures himself over grammar rules and punctuation, including that most hated of enemies: the comma. He greatly loves the chance to explore society, technology, and culture through his writing, while also being allowed to throw in such entertaining things as suits of power armor, orbital WMDs, rebels from the desert, and passing references to Rage Against the Machine. Creating and exploring a universe is a great gift that has been given to him, and he counts himself lucky each time he sits down to work on his projects, even if it is doing something as abhorrent as editing.

A.C. Harrison writes a weekly blog that deals primarily with his experiences in writing, but also delves into short stories (offered for free!), life philosophies, and other interests such as technology and music.

You can support A.C. Harrison by checking out samples of his work on his website and by following him on Twitter or giving a Like on Facebook. He can be reached via email at acharrison@acharrison.com. He is available online at both Smashwords and Kindlemojo.

Once more, thank you for visiting and please enjoy.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As a writer of science-fiction, the greatest joy of writing comes to me when I witness a change or event in our world that I put down in one of my novels or have scribbled down as a note somewhere. It's easy to forget that science-fiction, especially cyberpunk, isn't about the future, it's about humanity in the here and now; seeing my take on things become truth puts a shine on my fiction.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm wrapping up the details on my first novel, "Jupiter Symphony." All that's really left is cover art, pricing, and formatting, and then it's off to publish, which makes me extremely excited. My next project is a set of prequels that reach further back in time, explaining the events that lead up to my first book. The first is titled "Unto Persephone," and the manuscript is roughly 3/4 completed. The last is called "The Long Night," but that one is indeed a long way off. After that, who knows? I'm still waiting to finish the outline of my historical fiction novel set in feudal Japan, but we'll see.
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Where to find A. C. Harrison online


Books

Jupiter Symphony
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 186,290. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
In 2098, an EMP attack topples the United States overnight. By 2120, the government is a shell, the military is a mercenary force, and corporations act as sovereign entities. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are destitute, starving, or in servitude. Rising up against the oppression is a lone nomad named Ash, facing off against a rogue military unit and a secret weapon that silently orbits above.

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