J. Calvin Harwood


As a psychiatrist/psychotherapist nearing three decades of continuous solo private practice in a Midwestern community of less than 20,000 people, I thoroughly enjoy my daily clinical and emotional involvement in the unfolding stories and lives of my patients. Beyond medical school, my preparation for psychiatry involved the completion of 6 years of post-doctoral study involving both general and child and adolescent psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. After 3 years of military service as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Heidelberg, Germany, I returned to the U.S. and established my current practice. Practicing psychiatry has provided the lion’s share of my preparation for writing. It has afforded me a unique vantage point as listener, observer, questioner and counselor of people entangled in problems, which have often been provoked or worsened by their childhoods, relationships, surrounding cultures and diseases. During the past thirty years, I have conceptualized several stories. This is the first of those stories I have finished writing.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
Following my strongest character. Early in the process of writing Watering Weeds it became apparent to me that the main character, Nervy, was going to lead me through the novel. Her strength and determination demanded that I defer to her unique M.O. as I structured the 3 or four particular plot twists I had intended to shepherd the story through. By the end of chapter one her bold attitudes and courageous choices opened the plot to a richer story that I had imagined would unfold.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have no recollection of the first story I read for myself but with absolute certainty I know that the first stories I heard were Bible stories that were read to me essentially everyday during my preschool years at nap time and/or bedtime. The peril and glory involved in those stories along with the loneliness of being an only child have resulted in recurrent themes in my view of life and storytelling that a person's value and determination should motivate them against any adversity no matter how powerful or numerous the antagonists are.
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Watering Weeds
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 71,770. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
He was her haven from her past; now he’s dead. Alone, she begins the fight for her life.

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