Mystery Writer, Harlow Coban
She shares a birthday with the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. In keeping with his legacy, she is currently working on taking over the world. Harlow’s positive attitude and fresh take on life are her tools and conquest is certain.
She spends her free time writing, dancing, traveling and defending mailboxes from her 16-year-old twins’ driving.
Her debut novel, LIFE IN DEATH (February 2012), is a murder mystery which pulls from real-life situations from her own family history. She felt compelled to share her story with the world while offering a thrilling, entertaining, and amusing escape for readers.
In keeping with her commitment to improving the lives of children, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of her book will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club in her home state of North Carolina.
Where do you find writing inspiration?It comes from the need to tell a story. In a lot of ways, I’m exercising some of my personal demons when I tell a story. Writing is very cathartic experience for me.
When did you write your first book?About three years ago, but I never finished it. Technically, Life in Death, is my second book. I may use elements of my first book in the second book in this series which I’ve already entitled, Apparition in Death.
What do you think makes a good story?Action – I’m a firm believer that something has to happen to the character that causes a change in each chapter.
Does your family (and/or close friends) know that you write and are a published author of mystery fiction? If so, are they supportive of your efforts?Yes, I dedicated my book to one of my best friends who is my biggest fan and pushed me to finish the book when I wanted to quit several times.
Is there another sub-genre aside from your primary sub-genre that you would like to write for and why?Romance – I used to be an avid reader of romances and am a romantic at heart. I may give it a go after I finish the Kari Marchant murder mystery series.
Aside from mysteries, are there any other types of fiction/literature that you enjoy reading?Yes, action-adventure, horror, and romance.
How important is reader feedback, good or bad, to you?It’s critically important. I want to get better and better with each book. Reader feedback, good or bad, will help me do that.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?I absolutely can’t live without my Zumba classes. I love reading, watching movies, listening to music, and playing in the backyard with the dogs.
and a chance to win a copy of LIFE IN DEATH!