How did you know you wanted to be an author?: Couldn't imagine doing anything else. I dropped out of Penn State University at the age of 20 with the deliberate, albeit unorthodox, intention to earn a more practical, street-smart degree studying the human condition through countless bartending positions and extensive travel. That path has been one of sparse means filled with challenging, often horrifying, periods of introspection and no holds barred character studies of everyone with whom I came in contact. From society’s upper echelon, to those whose resumes read like criminal rap sheets, no type of person was off limits. The ultimate goal: arm an innate imagination with enough real-life experiences to eventually be proficient in creating authentic, heartfelt, relatable characters to act out the scenes of my imagination through literary novels.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: Write. Believe in your work. Find someone else who also believes in your work. Edit, edit, edit.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: Lots of research and outlining, then I find a quiet, serene, place; pour a glass of wine; and then allow imagination to flow by using introspection to mentally design a movie, writing as the scenes evolve.
What message do you want readers to remember?: I’m Andrew Harkless, writing novels about the everyman because no matter how average a person may seem at first glance, we all hold a remarkable story inside.
How can fans get in contact with you?: https://www.facebook.com/andrewharkless43