September 1st, 2014

20 Questions with Harry Whitewolf

Q1: What is your name?
Harry Whitewolf.
Q2: When did you decide to be a writer?
I've always written different things as a hobby and used to be a little involved with the performance poetry scene, but visual art was my first passion and (sometime!) career. It's only been recently that I've started taking my writing seriously. All I want to do now is write books. I guess that old maxim's true about needing life experience before you're able to write well.
Q3: What did you most recently publish (title and genre)?
Route Number 11: Argentina, Angels & Alcohol is a beat driven, spiritual, travel book. Written in an unconventional way, cut up in time frames, with poetic prose. The true story of the nameless tourist (who bears an uncanny resemblance to myself) backpacking around Argentina, and to countries over the border, with only a guardian angel, a broken heart and an abundance of beer for company, guided by signs and the strange 11:11 Phenomenon- an experience shared by thousands of people around the world.
Q4: What is your next project?
The new book is nearly ready to be published. The Road To Purification: Hustlers, Hassles & Hash is another true backpacking story. A sort of sister book to Route Number 11. It's a post-modern, pot smoking Egyptian pilgrimage.
Q5: Which path(s) have you taken: traditional publishing, self-publishing, or both?
I'm self published. These days it seems to be the way forward. (Although I have previously had the odd article published in magazines.) My Field of Dreams inspired motto is: If you write it, they will read! It's best to just get it out there.
Q6: Why should people consider reading your work?
Well, my work's not for everyone, but if you're a fan of the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Hunter S Thompson, and through to Richard Bach and Paulo Coelho, then my work is for you. If you want to read something different, then join me in teaching those cool cat, old dog beatniks some new tricks whilst getting your kicks in an overdose of oddball prose and climb on board for the ride.
Q7: How do you describe your writing style?
Simple. Poetic. Unique. Keeping the beat. Sometimes repeat. Funny, frank and honest. Short snippets getting to the point whilst simultaneously going off on mad tangents of philosophical and spiritual ramblings.
Q8: Where and when do you like to write?
I write whenever the words demand to be put down on the page. I need solitude, cigarettes and a bucket of coffee.
Q9: At what time, day or night, do you feel the most creative?
Night time's best. I'm an insomniac anyway, but somehow the still of the night, knowing that there's not much of a world going on outside, helps me to concentrate and just go with the spontaneous flow.
Q10: Which authors inspire you the most, and how?
As an author, it's obviously the beats. Mostly Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs, but I'm into lots of different stuff and subconsciously I know I'm inspired by anything that's come my way over the years. Bill Hicks. Richard Bach. Douglas Adams. The list goes on...
Q11: How do you overcome the writer’s demons: Procrastination and Self-Doubt?
I don't! :)
Q12: What aspect of your writing do you feel is strongest, and what needs the most improvement?
I guess any author's first book is them finding their own way and style. I certainly felt like writing Route Number 11 was a learning experience of how to write. It was written more for me than for a reader in mind, so it's not completely consistent- although that kind of goes with the whole style of the book. My new book is much more consistent and thought out.
Q13: What was the best part of the worst thing you’ve ever written?
Man, that's a great but bloody difficult question! I remember writing a poem for a girl when I was about six, and I rhymed 'I love you' with 'Ty-Phoo' (tea). That's always stuck with me!
Q14: What advice do you have for others who want to be writers?
Write what you know. Write for yourself. Enjoy it.
Q15: What form of marketing works best for promoting your work(s)?
I'm so new to the online world of the twenty first century, I'm only just starting to promote myself. Goodreads is the community for me, and I'm getting a great response there. I find doing online interviews helps as well! :)
Q16: If life is a bowl of cherries, what does your life as a bowl of cherries look like?
Like they were tipped over, crushed under foot and then put back together again to taste better than they did the first time round.
Q17: Who is your rock, the one who encourages you the most to keep writing, and why?
I thought all writers were loners, no? :)
The best friends in my life that have stuck with me through thick, thin and craziness are my rocks, in writing and in life.
Q18: What do you do apart from writing?
I used to be a visual artist and provided workshops for kids, but these days I'm much more interested in my writing. I work part time when I need the money at whatever job is around at the time, like most artistic free spirits. Other than work, it's travelling, spending time in nature and spending time with good friends. Oh, and always smoking too much.
Q19: Where can people find more about you and your work(s)?
You can follow me and my blog on Goodreads:

My website is:

You can read the first two chapters of Route Number 11 on Goodreads, and a specially constructed excerpt called 'Route Number 11: The Extract Mix Up' on my website.
Q20: What one question should this interviewer have asked, and how would you answer it?
Q: How do we make the world a place of beauty, truth and justice?

A: To quote Gandhi: "You must be the change you want to see in the world."

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