About Christopher Harlan:
The love of a good story was instilled in me at an early age, from the time that such stories could be read to me as I lied in bed. Now, many years later, I get the rare opportunity to tell some of those stories to those willing to listen. I have no accolades to list here; no resume to transcribe; only the sincerest of thanks that you’re reading these words now. To get the stories and characters that live in my head out on paper is a gift, and I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t write.
I live in New York with my wife of 11 years, and my two wonderful children.
What inspires you to write?
It isn’t so much an inspiration but an imperative to tell stories. I’m inspired not only by the personal goal of writing books, but also by discovering the stories that I have inside of me. That’s always been the case, but now allowing readers to consume what I put on paper, and to share with them the things that have only been in my head is just a gift, and it gets me up in the morning.
Tell us about your writing process.
I need to write in complete silence – which is hard with a two young kids running around playing all day, on top of a full time job. So I’ve learned to carve out time for myself to sit alone and allow the stories to come out. I typically write on the notepad of my phone, then transfer those notes onto a Word document for editing. Then I take the most important step – showing my wife (a longtime romance reader) whatever it is I’ve written for her opinion.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
100% percent listen. I’m such an introverted personality that too much noise or stimulation drowns out my ability to think or write. So when it’s time to get those stories written and I find silence, all I do is listen to what they have to say, then simply commit it to paper.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m not sure I’m in a position to offer any advice, but if anything I’d say that I’ve already met so many good people who are afraid to take the step from writer to author. In other words, take those files and notebooks that have been your little secret and show them to someone – anyone – get feedback, learn how to edit, then take the plunge and publish.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My mom was a writer – an essayist – and she won several awards in college, but she never got published. Back then, in the 1990’s, the idea of self-publishing was looked down upon, and the opportunities weren’t even there to do so. Today, like podcasting and other online mediums, writing has become less about seeking the approval of a large corporation and more about a democratic system of reaching readers directly. It’s more work, but it’s good work, and I find it an exciting time to be doing this.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I see a continuation of the complimentary systems we have now of both traditional publishing and self-publishing -there’s room for both, and advantages to both. They’re not mutually exclusive, but I think that self published authors will need to find increasingly innovative ways to self-promote because the marketplace is much more flooded due to a lack of barriers to entry.
What genres do you write?: contemporary adult romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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