Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Harry James Fox was born in the mountains of western Colorado, an area featured in his novels. He has worked as a cowboy, an intelligence officer with the US Army, and had a career in natural resource management with the Bureau of Land Management, US Department of the Interior. He served a wartime tour of duty in Vietnam, working closely with Australian forces there. His training in the biology of natural wild-lands is reflected in the imagery of his writings. In fact, the landscape of his books have been likened to a major character in its own right.
He makes his home in the deserts of southern New Mexico, but usually spends part of the year in North Carolina to be close to his grandchildren.
He enjoys horses, the outdoors, elk hunting, long walks in the desert, and story-telling. He loves the local cuisine, particularly green chiles. He likes a cup of hot tea with friends. patriotic parades and bluegrass music. He dislikes chocolate, long speeches, and the need to wear reading glasses.
BRONZE MEDAL winner in the 2016 Global Ebook Awards in the Fiction – Fantasy/Alternate History category.
Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Summer, 2016 "Best Book in the Category of CHRISTIAN FANTASY."
Award-Winning Finalist in the "Fiction: Religious" category of the 2015 International Book Awards
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The False Prophet is my latest book, which has just been released.
It is a sequel to the first in the Series, The Stonegate Sword.
Both books derive from the Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, but they are set a century or more in the future instead of the distant past. I wanted to show a person which has attitudes and beliefs similar to contemporary Americans, yet faced with a savage, medieval culture. My protagonist, Donald, is a lore-man, who spends his life studying the writings of the ancients (us!) and then is forced to put down his pen and take up a sword.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don't think so. I try to imagine each scene in my mind and visualize the characters as they relate to the situation. I sometimes then describe the scene by writing it out in longhand or sometimes I go directly to the word processor.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
One short story that influenced me was The Scarlet Plague by Jack London. It tells a similar story. I already mentioned Tolkien. I also like the novels by Ted Dekker and C. S. Lewis.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the third novel in the Stonegae series. It is still in the formative stages.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I do get some results from book promotion sites. Goodreads seems to help, also
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Try to write something every day, even if it is only 15 minutes.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
When the first draft is finished, you are only half done.
What are you reading now?
Personal, by Lee Child and Our Game by John Le Carre
What’s next for you as a writer?
After the third novel is complete, I plan to write some stories of my childhood in Colorado in the 1940's and 1950's.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Besides the Bible, it is hard to single out one book. I would say that I enjoyed "The Lord of the Rings," by J.R.R. Tolkien and have read and re-read it many times.