After retiring from a career in the U.S. Army, Harry began a second career working as a columnist on a local newspaper with a weekly column appearing in the Sunday edition. He soon added poetry, short stories and magazine articles to his resume until he joined the big boys by writing novels.
He understands that he owes a great deal of his success to The Southeastern Writers Association whose workshops he has attended each June since 1983. Information concerning the organization is at their web site at www.southeasternwriters.com He occasionally is an instructor at the workshops as he was in June 2008.
He continues to have some success speaking at book clubs and bookstores about the adventure series featuring the small US Navy Crew solving problems for the Navy's Office of Naval Intelligence. He just published his sixth novel in the series about a small elite Navy crew that solves problems for the Office of Naval Intelligence.
He is currently thinking about a seventh novel in his Navy adventure series and has ben looking at charts of the Bahamas where his small crew has not visited lately. He is also considering the long dormant plot about Llamas and Leopard Dogs that has been in a recess of his mind. One of those stories will surface soon and he will write it as his latest novel.
His novels can be identified by the careful research done in creating them. His stories receive about the same paranoid attention to detail that is given to an only child by a loving parent.
Tell your friends if you enjoyed the novels. If you did not like them, recommend them to some people you do not like.
Harry says of writing:
When I talk to Reader Clubs I am usually asked where I get my inspiration to write. Here is a bit of what I tell them. I get my inspiration in strange places. For example, I was listening to Georgia Public Radio's Night Music. It was a repeat broadcast of a concert of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the conductor was having a chat with the composer of the work they would be performing. The composer said something like this:
When I spend weeks or months composing a lengthy piece of music, the only place I can hear it is in my head. But after I write the score and the piece is performed by an orchestra, I for the first time hear all of it together with all parts melded into the music, and I can really appreciate what I have written, that before was only individual instruments playing it in my mind.
I thought this was a brilliant appraisal and it also describes what I feel when I write. I write a novel from a series of scenes I see in my mind's eye. I logically put the scenes together into a chapter, and later put the chapters together to complete a story. But until it is published, and is all there together to be read as a whole, it dos not satisfy the reason it was produced in the first place. Almost like what the composer said about his music, until the book is published I still can only see the scenes in my head - one scene at a time. My reward is when my books are read and I hear from readers that they held their interest.