Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Harry Seitz has lived in NYC most of his adult life. He has worked as a purchasing agent, waiter, real estate agent, legal financial proofreader, flyer distributor, salesman, math tutor, pollworker, accountant, and more. Up until November 2016, he will be working as a Peace Corps Volunteer on Ofu Island in the Kingdom of Tonga. After that, he has no idea what he's going to do with himself, but hopes to avoid work for as long as possible, perhaps by finding a cheap place to live in a small cabin or cave in the hinterlands. Iron Manimal is his second book and the only one currently available.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Iron Manimal started out as a joke, another entry into the already overcrowded superhero sci-fi genre. But as I wrote it, I realized that most superhero stories leave out a lot about the costs of power and fail to give their characters enough depth or context. Iron Manimal examines people who acquire power later in life, after having already lived through a lot of failure and pain. They have come to terms with the reality that they have botched up their lives, that they will most likely never be successful or happy, and then yet another disaster gives them powers they have no idea how to deal with or control. The inherent structure of the superhero narrative allowed me to explore ideas without getting lost. Knowing what had to happen, for example, the introduction, the transformation, and then the final conflict, made it a lot easier to figure out what I wanted to make happen within that basic structure.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes I write inverted.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Jim Thompson, Celine, Arthur C. Clarke, Dashiell Hammett, Henry Miller, Balzac, Philip K. DIck
What are you working on now?
Right now, I'm working on Night of the Barely Living. It's a pulp thriller about corrupt cops investigating a youth perpetuating drug/treatment most commonly used by the rich and famous and the criminals who supply them.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
The jury is still out on this.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do what works for you, but most importantly, finish. Finish first, fix later.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you get stuck, have characters stop for coffee or go to the bathroom or do anything, as long as they keep going, and eventually they'll do something interesting that you can keep.
What are you reading now?
The Expanse series by James S.A. Corey
What’s next for you as a writer?
After completing Night of the Barely Living and writing some freelance, the Iron Manimal series will be continued if the market allows it.
What is your favorite book of all time?
It rotates, but A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick and Population 1280 by Jim Thompson are consistently up there.
Author Websites and Profiles
H. Seitz Amazon Profile