Harper Dimmerman is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at Temple University. Somehow, he manages to find time to write, and has written 5.5 novels so far and he’s not stopping yet. Harper was born and raised in Philadelphia, USA, and still resides there today, where he spends his time writing legal columns, playing the occasional game of chess and reading.
1. What are you working on right now?
A supernatural thriller set in Philadelphia. At least that’s what it’s intended to be . . .
2. Can you tell us a little something about it?
Sure . . . The protagonist is a big-firm lawyer and courtesy of supernatural stuff, things start to fall apart for the poor guy.
3. Tell us, why do you write? Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I’ve been doing this mostly every day for years and so by now, one might refer to it as a compulsion. I would say it’s mostly because I know I have stories inside of me that I don’t know what else to do with. Inspiration is probably 1 part confidence and 2 parts routine. Having a muse on command could be an extraordinary thing — I fantasize.
4. When I write, I require Jaffa cakes (and lots of them), do you have a writing must-have?
Just my laptop really . . . I’m sort of low maintenance (when it comes to relationships with myself). I lied. Once in a while I blast NIN etc when I write. I can hear the commitment and drive in the music and I let it seep into my eardrums.
5. What is your favourite book?
6. Which author’s career, alive or passed on, do you admire most, and why?
Tolstoy because he’s arguably one of the most brilliant novelists the world has even seen. Martin Amis because he’s a badass and writes the way he is. Murakami because he isn’t a badass and doesn’t try to write like one — his writing is hypnotic (he’s a magician).
7. Tell us something about yourself…an annoying habit or party trick perhaps? Can you speak a foreign language or have a hobby?
I used to speak Japanese but learned that forgetting something you earned is part of life. It prepared me to be a writer. I’m sort of a bore. I do things like read, play chess once in a while, draw . . . I used to exercise but I gave up on that a couple years ago. I’m sort of busy during the day and so my nights are my life and my writing. I also have a lot of bad habits which I’m certain are terribly annoying to the people who call themselves my loved ones. And for those — I apologize.
8. Do you have a blog, website or social networking account people can go to if they wish to learn more about you or your work?
Not really although I probably should. I post some stuff on createspace and try to give away Justice Hunter once in a blue moon. Otherwise, I’m pretty close to the vest with my stuff. Call me paranoid.
9. What are your writing plans for the rest of 2014?
For the rest of the year, I plan on continuing on with this fourth (1st draft) of my latest thriller. After that, I have some edits to do on the 2nd and 3rd in the Hunter Gray series. I’ve got 2 perfectly good manuscripts just waiting for some TLC. I lost some time this year to a stillborn effort that I needed to do. I’m always learning my flaws, which sort of sucks but it’s got to be done. If I owned a fireplace . . .
10. And now, for the most important question of all: Jaffa cakes – love them or hate them?
Never heard of them but they sound delicious. For you though, I would say love (I have license: I’m a lawyer by trade).
Please support Harper’s work and keep a look out for his novels, I know you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks Harper for taking the time to do this interview.