I’m interviewing Windsor Harries today, author of science-fiction novel “Prime”. Welcome, and thanks for answering my questions.
Have you been writing for a long time? What inspired you to start a writing career?
I think I can honestly say I’ve been writing all my life. I recall back in grade three, we were given a creative writing assignment, and I whipped off a half-page piece of rubbish the night before it was due. (Remember, I was an eight-year-old boy with better things to do with my time than ‘write.’) Later, the teacher took me aside and told me I could do better. And I knew I could. I’ve always had a stubborn streak, so I really wanted to show her what I was capable of. That weekend I turned around a ten-page opus full of twists and turns and a surprise ending—I was really proud of it. I think that was when I got the writing bug.
In university I went through a play script stage, and churned out tons of angst-ridden, soul-seeking short stories. All embarrassing rubbish. I lost the passion for a while, but a few years ago—to this day I’m still not sure why—I just started writing again. And for once, I didn’t think the output was complete rubbish. I decided to make a small investment—hire a professional editor and cover designer—and see what happens.
Is Prime your first book?
Yes, it’s my first published novel, but I have a backlog of about seven completed novels just waiting for the editor’s red pen, plus another several stories in various stages of completion. Some people collect stamps; I write.
Why did you choose science fiction as genre for your book?
I didn’t start writing with publishing in mind—I was just writing for myself. I enjoy reading sci-fi and speculative fiction, so it was the most natural genre for me to choose. I like the fact that it doesn’t constrain me. In most other genres, there are certain rules; you’re dealing with reality. Sci-fi—and fantasy, and perhaps a few other genres—let you compose whatever reality and characters you want. I like that freedom.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Do it for yourself. Writing is a ton of work and effort, with no guarantees. If you don’t sincerely enjoy the process—and what you’re writing—then it will be torture. I’ve read and re-read Prime at least a dozen times during the editing process. If, on a fundamental level, I didn’t like the book, I never would have been able to bring it to a publishable state.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
Oh my, how much time do you have? I’ve never been one for writing a series—once I’ve finished a book, I’m tired of those characters and of their situation, and I want to move on to something different. So my next book will be quite different from Prime—it’s a ‘first contact’ story that’s all ready for my editor to whip into shape (I’m hoping to get it released around May), and after that, I have some alternate near-future tales that might be next. Who knows?
About the Book
Author: Windsor Harries
Since birth, Toch has prepared for his destiny: to become the Prime, the being who would save his race from the oppressive Spidon. Perfected over uncountable generations, the genetic power that will free them lies dormant until he reaches maturity. Until then, with the help of his friend and Protector, he needs to stay hidden—and safe—from the Spidon.
Everything goes according to the Plan, until a traitor reveals the truth about Toch, putting the future of their entire race in danger . . .
Windsor Harries was born and raised in Toronto, Canada in the heady years between TV’s heyday and the internet revolution. He has been writing ever since he can remember. His early influences include Edgar Rice Burroughs and Doctor Who (Tom Baker, of course). For his mild-mannered secret identity, he works as a marketer in the financial services industry. He had written numerous books, but Prime is his first published novel.