Born to a middle-class British family, Harry Stefano realized her passion for writing at an early age. However, it was not an easy process as he spent a big part of her life trying to overcome the stigma surrounding her mental health. Despite her happy childhood, Harry admitted to having experienced discrimination due to her condition, which prompted her to leave her life in the U.K. and start anew in the secluded Channel Islands in the English Channel. From here, Harry created a name for herself in the leisure and tourism industry while embracing her newfound independence. Harry’s diverse, though sometimes dark, experiences gave birth to her first book, which many readers describe as rich yet disturbing. In a sit-down interview, Harry revealed her writing process, sources of inspiration, and advice to aspiring writers.
How do you develop your plot and characters?
I think initially about what concepts I want to include in my material, and I realize this may sound strange but with me nowadays: it just sort of writes itself! I work little by little, and I enjoy watching my manuscript grow. It then takes direction and a life of its own.
How do you come up with the title to your books?
I usually let my manuscript take shape first. Then it will just come to me! I try to do something clever or attention-grabbing with my book titles!
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
I think essentially it would be to make time to write. I usually work during the twilight hours when I cannot be interrupted and can effectively enter into what I refer to as the zone whereby I can best organize my thoughts.
On a typical day how much time do you spend writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking gosh, that would make a nice write-up. But I will usually sit in front of my portable laptop for around 1 to 2 hours in a session….or basically ’til I’ve had enough! Hahahahaha
How do you handle literary criticism?
I think it’s important to retain a good sense of humor. And remember that my book material is for individuals with a good standard of education.
What was your favourite part and least favourite part of your publishing journey?
I think my most favorite part was seeing the finished physical hard copy of my book! As well as forwarding the initial manuscript for editing purposes. I enjoy seeing book reviews too. I enjoyed the whole publishing experience.
How many books have you written?
I have one published book thus far….and have begun writing my 2nd.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I think I like being creative….as well as making sense of and putting to good use my university education. I love participating and making an individual contribution to literary works.