Author Interview: Brent A. Harris

Today I’m fortunate to present Brent A. Harris author of A Time of Need.

Hi Brent, thanks for agreeing to this interview.

Question 1) What part of the world do you come from?

A1CEnNCe8vL._UX250_Thank you, Mackenzie. I appreciate the invite and the time to talk about things I’m passionate about. I hail from the desert of Southern California, but I’ve lived all over the place. I’ve spent years in England, the East Coast, and the Midwest, before settling in California. 

Question 2) What do you think makes a good story?

I think Faulkner is right when, to paraphrase him, you write a compelling character. Then, it’s a matter of following them with a pen.

Question 3) What inspired you to write your first book?

We breathe out what we breathe in. For me it was always history, science-fiction, and the techno-thriller. I read all of Clancy, all of Crichton, and I read as much as I could of the SF authors. Really, writing was the next logical step.

Question 4) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write around my two children. So, the schedule is hectic on a good day, impossible on a bad one. I write when I can and for as long as I can. Rum helps. I’ll leave it up to you to decide if I mean for me or the kids. 

Question 5) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I HAVE to listen to music to write. When I was a kid, I listened to music when I played PC games like Civilization and Harpoon. Or when I was reading. So, when I write, I find I can’t abide the silence. Lindsey Stirling is my favorite.

Question 6) Give us the title and genre of your latest book.

ATimeOfNeedA Time of Need. It’s an alternate history of the Revolutionary War, one that finds George Washington fighting alongside the British against the Colonies as a redcoat.

Question 7) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?

I’ve had to watch much less Netflix than should be humanly decent, I’ve had to give up going out to play board games with friends, my PS4 has sat silent for months. When you are willing to give all that up, there’s just enough time to get something like a book written. One of these days I’ll be able to load up to Batman: Arkham Knight and Binge Watch Daredevil Season 2.

Question 8) Do you have an excerpt from your current work you’d like to share?

I really want to share my first couple of chapters, but I’m not at liberty to share them.

However, I do have a short alternate history story called Stone Faces, with Benedict Arnold carved into Mt. Rushmore. That’s here:

Please share if you enjoyed.

Question 9) What can we expect from you in the future?  

It all hinges on how well A Time of Need is received. If there’s call for more, I have a tentative book 2 outlined. I also have an idea for a straight SF story about robots who’ve already risen and overthrown humanity, asking themselves, “what do we do now?” I’m also contemplating an alternate history novel around Abigail Adams. But, my hope is to dive into the writing of A Time of Need, book 2 soon, which I’m still doing research for.

Question 10) What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? 

Books. You can’t write well without being well read. I’m a pretty frugal guy. I can eat cheap. I wear Star Wars t-shirts and jeans. I don’t take expensive vacations. But when I’m at the bookstore, the credit card comes out and all bets are off.

Question 11) How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

If you like SF or alternate history, I have a bunch of short stories published in various anthologies in addition to A Time of Need. I’m most proud of Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon, which earned me a Sidewise Award nomination in alternate history. And, The Trees of Trappist, about colonizing the Trappist system, a straight SF story forthcoming through Rivenstone Press from the Knights of the SF Roundtable. The best way to learn more or to contact me is through my website:
Thanks for reading!