Joe Harkreader resides in Southern California with his boyfriend, Allan and dogs; Boo & Teo. He is a self-proclaimed Otaku, aka anime fan and gamer with a severe coffee addiction.
Joe is currently working on his anime-inspired fantasy series rooted within Arthurian legend, titled; Knights of Avalon. Other writing projects are also in the works along with a graphic design portfolio.
• Q.) Where do you get your ideas?
A.) I’m inspired by all kinds of media. Movies, tv shows, and of course my life experiences.
• Q.) What is your writing process like?
A.) I create MCs first and work out their internal conflicts. How does the world they live in play a role in their struggles? Afterward, I develop a plot and outlined the book. I love the process of layering subplots around the central conflict and threats.
• Q.) What advice do you have for writers?
A.) Believe in yourself first, it’s okay to have moments of doubts. But, there comes a time to push through it. You have to give yourself validation before you can expect it from anyone else. And most of all, Write for the love of writing. Also, find a good writing group. #CyborgCentral #Discord
• Q.) What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A.) Ghostwriting, and plagiarism.
• Q.) Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A.) I love writing, it’s my passion. Marketing and social media can be exhausting.
• Q). Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
• A.) Confidence and Ego aren’t the same thing. Someone’s ego will only get in the way of creative growth. If you’re an artist, always aspire to grow and improve.