Writer Tony Harrison Discusses his Work in Progress

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What is your approach to writing? Outline, spontaneous, or both?

I’m a little of both. I’ll jot down random thoughts at first, then piece them together in the order I think works best. Most are just one-liners, that become the basis for full-blown scenes or character POV’s.

 

Where does your story take place?

I actually have two ebooks out, with first one taking place in Aberdeen Scotland, along with snippets in Glasgow Scotland, Belfast Northern Ireland and Dublin Ireland. The other takes place in Marseille France, with snippets in Algiers, Algeria and Morocco.

 

Name your biggest struggles writing this book.

Maintaining consistency in time. Sometimes it is between morning, noon and night, while others is something happening on one day and jumping two days later.

 

What has been helpful to you?

Community and friends, both locally and via the web. HAving someone help me understand the subtle nuances in dialogue, setting and the treaded ‘showing v. telling’ is really helpful.

 

What have you learned in your writing journey thus far?

Each day brings a new challange; whether it is creating better dialogue, making my character’s more ‘believable’ or simply stringing the sentences together, it’s all a learning process.

 

Does your book feature a central protagonist?


Yes, Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Conor McDermott is the main character in the story. A former Royal Navy officer, he is assigned a case that began in Portsmouth when a dock worker who was killed is found.

 

How do you get to know your characters?

Having Conor as a police officer aligns with my grandfather’s brother who was a constable in Edinburgh. I also have two older cousin’s who are members of law enforcement, so Conor is a tribute to them in a small way.

 

What’s the overarching goal of the hero?

Conor is out to find out how his niece was drugged, which led to her death (she jumped from an apartment rooftop). He also looks to redeem himself as his tendency is to bend certain rules in pursuit of catching criminals.

 

 

A Goal Without a Plan Is Just a Wish sign on desert road

 

 

 

Thanks Tony!

 

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Strangers to Superfans. Book Marketing With David Gaughran

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Strangers to Superfans. Book Marketing With David Gaughran

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Dance with the Dawn

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A DANCE WITH THE DAWN

 

The soul of the oppressed can rest against the dawning

of the new day. For as sure is the rising of the sun amidst

the celestial crowds, the pains of the former day dissipate

into distant shadow.

 

Hope is set upon the steady train of her golden rays,

as they dress and display those famished of her

liberating brilliance.

 

A golden touch penetrates deep beyond the former

ephemeral skins of superficiality. Her touch is warmth;

dazzling the coldest of heart, adamant glacial minds,

and illest of will.

 

Dance in the buoyant embrace of her comforting wings

and pleasure in the majestic breadth of her expanse, as she lends

transcendent song against belligerent earthly pangs.

 

 

 

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“My beloved responds and says to me, Rise up, my love, My beauty, and come away; For now the winter is past; The rain is over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; The time of singing has come, And the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” – Song of Songs 2:10-12

 

 

 

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How Play Can Help You Deal With Anxiety And Become More Creative With Charlie Hoehn

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How Play Can Help You Deal With Anxiety And Become More Creative With Charlie Hoehn

 

 

 

 

 

How do you deal with anxiety? What activities help spur your creativity?

 

 

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Splendid Q&A with Author Fiona Cummins

Audiobook Blog Tour: Scared to Death

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your elusive creative genius with Elizabeth Gilbert

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Your elusive creative genius | Elizabeth Gilbert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dealing with ANXIETY as Writers

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Dealing with ANXIETY as Writers

 

 

 

 

 

How do you deal with anxiety as a writer? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

Benjamin Thomas

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How To Find And Capture Ideas For Your Novel with Joanna Penn

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How To Find And Capture Ideas For Your Novel with Joanna Penn

 

 

 

 

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Habits to Reach Your Writing & Self-Publishing Goals with Steve Scott

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How to Start Simple Habits to Reach Your Writing and Self-Publishing Goals with Steve Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Plot a Novel From Scratch Part 1 with Author Chris Fox

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How to Plot a Novel From Scratch Part 1

 

 

 

 

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Handling Foreign Rights Yourself, When to Incorporate, and New Audiobook Options

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Handling Foreign Rights Yourself, When to Incorporate, and New Audiobook Options

 

 

 

 

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