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U.L. Harper is a speculative fiction/horror author, influenced by magical realism. A former journalist from Long Beach, California, he now resides in the evergreen state of Washington with his wife. He is a soon-to-be father, and an avid Dodgers fan.

His latest book is the speculative fiction/horror/magical realism novel, THE SECRET DEATHS OF ARTHUR LOWE.



About the Book:

While in the process of bringing his wife, Sandra, back to the living, Arthur journals about moments from his past that changed him.

During the journal writing, he rediscovers how, as an orphan, his ability to animate objects and people to life may have ultimately destroyed the lives of the few who grew close to him. The old stuffed teddy bear that helped him assemble puzzles when he was a child might have been too much of a secret for his adoptive mother to keep. His friend Quincy, who had abilities similar to his, might have been scared away by Arthur’s abilities. And his grade school teacher is still harboring a secret about his biological father that she can only hope to be true.

Once Sandra is alive again, things become more complicated. She claims Arthur is not who or what he thinks he is. Her ire shines a spotlight on the insidious but most likely true, unspoken nature of their relationship.

In the meantime, a mysterious smell envelopes the community—a stench so heinous it can be fatal. As the number of deaths from the stench mounts, Arthur must decide who to animate back to life and who remains dead.

The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe is available at AMAZON.

Would you call yourself a born writer?

In my opinion, I’ve always been in a process of becoming an author. It’s how I observe things, and how I read. It’s always been there. As a matter of fact, I have two middle initials and can’t think of another reason to have them accept for a writing name. My middle names are Uriah Lejan. U.L. So, yeah, I was born as a writer, I suppose.

What was your inspiration for The Secret Deaths of Arthur Lowe? A number of things, including how Arthur was originally going to be a super hero. After that didn’t work, his relationship with his wife is what did it for me. It was going to be a love story, but it turned into something else.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

For some reason, I like to talk about depression. The core of most of my stories are the worst things that have happened to the character and how they deal with it. The latest is no different. Arthur deals with worst case scenario more than once in his life, and everything is actually about how he handles it.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

I’ve been writing this one for a while. It’s had many iterations, and I’m not talking about just drafting. It was originally being outlined as a comic book. It did nothing but change since then. Let’s say three years and some change. Up to this point, these are the hardest 210 pages I’ve done. Then somebody comes along and reads it in few hours. I guess that’s a good thing.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m not disciplined. I can get sidetracked by most things. I don’t really keep a schedule. I just make sure I get whatever I’m doing done in a timely manner. A lot of times when I’m being professional and writing because it’s the time of day for me to write, man, I have to change all that up anyway. I’m far more focused after say the second draft. Then the timing makes plenty more sense, and from there I still don’t have a schedule, but I write for longer periods of time. I become aggressive with the storytelling at that point.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Most challenging? From a technical standpoint, retaining tension. Because a lot of it is told in flashback it’s easy to release tension, which I didn’t necessarily want to do. So how I do that is pretty interesting, I think. From a character angle, creating sympathy for Arthur and another character became a chore. They’re not obviously people to root for, no matter how interesting. Then there are the women in the story. These are strong women, but they don’t come from a place of strength.

What do you love most about being an author?

Um, right now there are no obvious pluses. However, I do like the process of writing. You know, getting a glass of whiskey and some chocolate, turning on some bebop jazz, going to the screen and just killing it.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

I self published. I really wanted an agent but I just don’t think this story or any that I do have easy to find markets. For instance, Arthur Lowe is not a horror story, but beta readers definitely said that can be the case. It dips into magical realism but that’s not at its core. The tone is of literature, but when you get into, man, it’s just not that. On the other hand, I the process was fantastic. I had my beta readers all ready to go. I paid a proofreader. Paid the cover artist, who I’ve used for years now. That went really well. The revision process was profound as usual. The marketing seems to take a bit of leg work and a few dollars but, oh well.

Where can we find you on the web?

I actually don’t mind if you email me ulharper1@gmail.com. @ulharper is my twitter handle. And on facebook, search for the U.L. Harper fan club. My new website will be here shortly. Got to get that done.



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