Harley May is different from all my other writer friends. You know why? Because I know her…wait for it…IN REAL LIFE!
* Korea to Alabama? Yeah. Not an easy transition.
** Are you kidding me? THREE kids? When does she sleep, much less write?
*** There’s a possibility that this is a complete lie.
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Anne: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
H: If I want to bite you, it only means I like you.
A: Oh, okay then. What else can you tell us about yourself? Something unique or unusual?
H: Swim with sharks. I saw JAWS when I was 9 and couldn’t take a bath for weeks. I’d probably do it if you paid me a million dollars and the sharks were swimming in a glass encasement of formaldehyde. And dead.
A: Definitely understandable. Switching gears a bit, what authors do you admire the most?
H: C.S. Lewis and Libba Bray.
A: Have you written a certain character that you identify with more than others?
H: This is an interesting question because if you’d asked me this when I was outlining the story, I would’ve said my protagonist’s best friend, Violet. Violet is quiet, reserved, and hates confrontation. After getting into 40k meaty words (written in the wrong point of view) I realized I am more like the protagonist, Penelope. Or at least I was at 17. At 17, I wanted to be anybody but myself. I was frustrated with where I was, and what I was doing. I found myself impatient for the next thing, even though I didn’t quite know what that was. So I understand where Penelope comes from. Now I am the typical mother you see in the car line and I wouldn’t trade my life for anything. Recently, I took a trip away for the weekend and certainly enjoyed the time to myself, but the best part of leaving was coming home to my family’s smiling faces.
A: What has been your biggest challenge as a writer?
H: By far, my biggest challenge is finding the time to write. It also seems I am a third person writer and anything I write in first just sounds like someone writing in third, saying “I” from time to time.
Do you see how wonderful she is? Do you see?? And not only is she a great friend and writer, she’s also thoughtfully promised to post something about our friendship on her blog, which can be found at the link below.
To connect with Harley, you can do any of the following. Or you can do all three, which I recommend.
- Go to her blog: http://www.harleymay.com/.
- Follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/harleymaywrites
- Be her Facebook friend: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000562307621&ref;=ts
And finally, be on the lookout for her book because one day it will be published, and then she’ll be famous!
If you would like to participate in the Pre-Famous Author Interviews series, please leave me a comment or tweet me @AnneRiley. I would love to interview you!