D J Harrison is a husband, father to four children, scientist, businessman and writer, not always in that order. Amongst his sources of inspiration he lists his wife, Anne Marie, at the very top followed, not too closely, by Vonnegut, Chandler and Dylan.
David’s first love is writing, his career has depended on his ability with words, both written and spoken. His second love is reading.
Following the amazing success of his debut novel, Due Diligence, the second Jenny Parker novel, Proceeds of Crime is also attracting favourable reviews and strong sales.
A third Jenny Parker novel, Limited Liability, is scheduled for release soon.
David is sixty four, lives in Lancashire, is an active member of Chorley & District Writers Circle and blogs as Northern Writer.
David’s career has brought him into contact with a variety of individuals and organisations, some of which might be classed as dubious and, in one or two cases, dangerous. His work has involved extensive travel throughout Europe, the USA and the Caribbean. He even spent some time being smuggled in and out of communist held East Germany, such was his devotion to an over enthusiastic venture capital fund. He is adamant that none of these people ever feature in any of his writing.
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A word from the author
I’m writing my sixth novel.
I’ve been writing seriously for five years, less seriously for forty five years.
When I finished my first novel, Technical Difficulties, ebooks were in their infancy. I went on a writing course brandishing my beloved script and feeling very smug about my achievement. The tutors read some of it and advised me to send it to an editor, John Jarrold, which I did. The feedback and help I received were worth every penny I paid him. I sent him my second and third books, again his feedback was invaluable. Because of his help, I changed the way I wrote, became much more aware of what I was doing, where I was coming from. It became clear to me that, in their present form, my first three novels were not of publishable quality.
I went on more courses. These were tutored by a lady called Barbara Turner-Vessalago who taught a technique, or philosophy, called Freefall. I’ve been on a Freefall course every year since the first one.
For Christmas 2009, my wife bought me a small booklet as a Christmas present. It was called ‘Aware’ and was the annual publication of the local writers circle. With a great deal of nervousness, I ventured to their January meeting. I’ve rarely missed one since. The caring support of other writers is invaluable and the meetings provide regular inspiration.
Following the three ‘laddish’ SF novels, I wrote a crime thriller called Due Diligence. I wanted to experiment with a closer viewpoint, write something that really challenged me, that forced me to feel into my main character.
When I had completed Due Diligence, I found an editor, Dea Parkin, who was enthusiastic about the novel and agreed to work on it with me. There was a lot of work to be done but, after a bout of being precious about every word, I began to enjoy the perspective that a good editor can bring and started to happily rewrite in the knowledge that I was certainly improving the story and the telling of it.
So, my tale is a five year saga resulting in the production of one finished novel, of which I’m justifiably proud.
If I’d blithely uploaded Technical Difficulties onto Amazon as soon as I’d completed it, I doubt I would have made the same progress towards creating something that can be read and enjoyed. If sales were poor (most likely) I ran the risk of despondency and demotivation. If sales were good (very unlikely) complacency would have surely resulted.
I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve discovered that producing a good novel is a team effort and that publishing and selling it need talents, time and effort that I neither possess nor have the time for.