I recently had the opportunity to interview Harry Whitewolf as part of my “author micro-interview” series. Harry is the author of amazing travel books like “Route Number 11” and “Road to Purification” as well as poetry books like “New Beat Newbie”.
What does being an indie author mean to you?
As far as I can see, there are only two things that make being a professionally published author better than being an indie author: 1) You get a healthy advance and aren’t living on skint street, and 2) You don’t have to get too involved with the whole bullshit marketing malarkey. Whereas there are many things about being an indie author that tip the balance in favour of that. Mostly, it means I have complete control over what I put out: I get to edit the finished book to my own satisfaction, I get control over the book cover and presentation, I get to choose my own deadlines, I get to give two fingers up to the establishment, and I get to be involved with the great community of the indie scene – interacting with both readers and writers. I’ve always been an independent guy in life, doing my own thing, so I like doing the same with my books.
What’s your favorite sentence or paragraph from one of your books? What does it mean to you?
One of my favourites would be this passage from my debut book Route Number 11:
“A multicoloured, mirrored mosaic clad mannequin sits on the bar with her legs spread open. Her head adorned with silk scarf and sunglasses. Pictures by local artists cluster the walls at jaunty, forgotten angles. Small, splintered stools are sat upon by Chilean locals, drowning themselves in pisco sour.”
The reason I’ve chosen that is because it was the first description I wrote about my South American trip on returning home – long before I decided to write the book it would end up in – and it paved the way for my newly developed writing style that I’d use in Route Number 11, and subsequent poetic writing.
What question would you like to see in future interviews?
The question: What question would you not like to see in future interviews?
What else do you love to do besides write and read?
Smoke, wank and pray – not usually at the same time.