Ryan Harris is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, but currently resides in Arizona. He enjoys reading, time with his son, and breaking (er…fixing) equipment as a biomedical tech.
How long have you been writing and what got you started?
I’ve been writing for five years, but I’ve always been fond of reading and literary analysis. I knew I wanted to be a writer after reading “The Forever War” by Joe Haldeman. I remember the excitement of hoping to getting my work in print one day. The only regret I have is that it took me so long to discover my love for writing.
Are there any writing resources, such as books or websites, you’d like to recommend?
I would definitely recommend Critters Workshop. There are experienced writers that frequent the site and having work critiqued is highly beneficial.
What is your favorite type of fiction and who are your favorite authors?
Science Fiction has always been my favorite. I tend to favor soft science fiction but the hard variety tickles my fancy as well. Dan Simmons, Michael Crichton, Joe Haldeman, and Philip K. Dick are among my favorite writers.
What tips do you have for finding time to write?
Make time for writing! If you have free time, use it for writing or outlining a story instead of watching television for example.
Are you an outliner or discovery writer? Or somewhere in between?
I started as a pure discovery writer. After writing for several years, I felt that my plots and characters were stronger with quick outline in place.
How do you deal with rejections?
I see rejection as an opportunity to submit work elsewhere. Writers learn to embrace it and see it as an inevitability.
In your opinion, how important is a writing degree or MFA when it comes to achieving success in writing fiction?
An MFA or comparable degree certainly helps, but it’s not a requirement. Success has many avenues and interpretations of success can vary. Regardless of education level, I think persistence and passion are the keys for anyone writing fiction. A degree cannot replace a drive to succeed but it’s the strongest foundation a writer can have.
Do you participate in any online or in-person critique or writing groups?
Expounding on Question #2, I am a member of Critters Workshop. This workshop is frequented by professional fiction writers in the genres Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction.
What are your writing goals for the next twelve months?
Making a professional sale is at the top of the list. Aside from that, I’d like to write at least 3,000 words per week.
What book(s) are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading “Dreamsnake” by Vonda McIntyre. Quite different from anything I’ve read before.