Featured Interview With Harry Whitewolf
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
Hi, I’m Harry from England. Although I’ve travelled around a little in my thirty eight years, I’m back in the U.K now, in my tree top flat with woodpeckers on the balcony. After a few crazy years, I need peace and quiet right now thanks!
I’ve always written -different things- as a hobby, I’ve had the odd article published here and there, and in my youth I performed at open mic. poetry nights and organised and M.C’d my own. These days I’m more interested in just writing books.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I loved reading from an early age- though I stopped for a few years in my youth when mates, gigs and girls took presidence , but I soon took it up again in my early twenties. It’s as much of an addiction as cigarettes.
Having said that, when I’m writing myself I can barely read other people’s work, and if I do, it has to be non-fiction. Which is why I’m currently devouring novels, having starved myself of literature for the best part of two years (writing my debut and the next one to come).
I’ve always written (beat like) poems, even as a kid. And I’ve always invented stories, be them in my head or on paper. I also co-published my first magazine at age ten. It cost 10p, was a sell out in the playground at lunchtime every month and the profits went to charity. Later, I got involved with the performance poetry scene a little, but it’s only now that I’m taking my writing seriously. Visual art used to be my first passion.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
As an author, my writing is inspired by the Beats- particularly Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs, but also Richard Bach (who in many ways was responsible for me beginning my spiritual journey) and Paulo Coelho.
But I love lots of different stuff as a reader. For humour, it’s Red Dwarf, Adrian Mole and Hitch Hiker’s. For non-fiction, it’s the likes of Robert Bauval, Graham Hancock, David Icke (yes, David Icke- get over it!), Kahlil Gibran and Lyall Watson. Favourite fiction includes the Illuminated Books of Blake, The Dice Man, The Famished Road, The Dharma Bums, Illusions, Gormenghast, 1984, The Secret History, Jpod, Joanthan Strange & Mr. Norrell and many others.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Route Number 11: Argentina, Angels & Alcohol is a beat driven book of parties and loneliness on a backpacking journey (which takes in Paraguay and Chile as well as Argentina). The protagonist, the nameless tourist, who bares an uncanny resemblance to myself, follows the strange 11:11 Phenomenon through many stories of smoky bars, sexy senoritas and magnificent mountains, as he battles to let go of his broken heart, submerged in alcohol and cigarettes. A true story told in a tangle of cut up timelines, with poetic prose, it’s a Contemporary, Spiritual, Travel book with sex, drugs and reggaeton!
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