AUTHOR INTERVIEW 7

Caleb Harris

United States

Age 26

Caleb Harris is an author, filmmaker, and blogger who currently resides in Enfield, Connecticut. He’s best known for his recent story, BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME DARRELL and his popular documentary, HELP US. He also writes non-fiction, on subjects ranging from personal development to self-care tips on his blog Unpopular Opinions. When Caleb isn’t writing he enjoys long walks in the woods and a good game of basketball.
Men have been known for bottling up their feelings instead of discussing them. However, not too many men realize this behavior is not normal. Oftentimes, Dad passes this behavior to his son unknowingly. The cycle continues and were left with a generation of young men that are raging alcoholics, drug addicts, and sexual deviants who mistreat themselves and potential partners. August 15th, 2003 addressed the complicated story of one 27-year-old Substitute teacher, Ricky Johnson.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Caleb Harris: The editing process is very frustrating because you are always debating on what to eliminate. One day everything is great but the next day things just change.

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Caleb Harris: I would hope so but either way I’m still going to keep going.

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Caleb Harris: I would have read more in school. Reading has really helped transform my writing in ways I couldn’t even imagine. When you read more books the inspiration to write one yourself just continues.

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Caleb Harris: Forever!

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Caleb Harris: Yes because it happens to the best of us. Most of us do not write for a living so it stresses us out and almost makes us never want to write again.

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Caleb Harris: When they’ve written their first book. Without writing a book that means you aren’t a writer. Writers no matter what they call themselves out there.

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Caleb Harris: Honestly, I don’t see a difference at all.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Caleb Harris: The practice of stoicism which means becoming indifferent towards other’s views of you or your work. People will either like or not but it’s not the end of the world.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Caleb Harris: I would say editing because you are always tweaking something.

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Caleb Harris: I started when I was 6 years old. It really helped when my father tried to kill my mother with my self-esteem issues. As an adult I have definitely grown into my skin as a writer/author.

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Caleb Harris: It might suck but write it anyway. The first book always sucks but the next one will be better if you keep at it. However, you must not be afraid of rejection, you must become bold.

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Caleb Harris: Good consistent story. Well-written dialogue.

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Caleb Harris: The plot comes first because I need to have some kind of a story established. Characters can always come later on but without a plot there aren’t any characters.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Caleb Harris: I usually write my plot down on notebook paper. After that is done I will begin to write down a couple of characters and see if they will intertwine with my story.

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Caleb Harris: Two years ago because I just realized I have the credentials. Yeah, I graduated college and high school but I didn’t have the confidence to just say it. 

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Caleb Harris: I kept posting my books through Instagram and Facebook. Also, I kept doing as many interviews whether they were big or small to grow my audience and also promote my brand which has helped a lot.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Caleb Harris: Favorite: Actually publishing the book. Least Favorite: Finding the right publisher.

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Caleb Harris: Let someone else do it. People do judge a book by its cover. My first cover was trash and looked unprofessional so I decided go on Fiverr and not be cheap. Besides, depending on what you are looking for. It can range from 20-100 but more people will buy it because this is how the world works and the sooner you accept that, the better off you will be.

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Caleb Harris: 3 and my last book is my favorite because I’ve come into my own as an author. I’m really enjoying the interviews surrounding my book and I feel as if I’m getting more men to open up about their issues instead of suffering in silence.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Caleb Harris: Ricky’ abuse story was the hardest because it somewhat mirrored my own troubled past with my own father. I still wanted it to be fictional but I was afraid to confront that inner demon I had suffered with as a young child.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Caleb Harris: This was not a fun book to write to be honest. It was a very serious read. It’s a reflection on what Ricky Johnson has gone through a child and how it’s severely affected his adulthood. I had to confront many personal demons in my own closet that I didn’t want to face. In the end, I wouldn’t take it back because book’s about what men go through have to be discussed.

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Caleb Harris: Ricky because he’s my past self. It’s hard to admit it but he is. He’s the fat alcoholic who causes a lot of pain because he’s in pain himself. However, he’s too macho to admit it.

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Caleb Harris: There will not be a sequel but the series, „Suffering in Silence” will have 9 more books completed within the next couple of years.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Caleb Harris: Even though I write very serious content on my blog: https://unpopularopinionsdots.com/ and my books: https://www.amazon.com/Caleb-Harris/e/B079J3PTT3?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1601683570&sr=8-1 I still laugh every time I see Beavis and Butthead or any cartoon show like I’m a kid again.

Romelia: Describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Caleb Harris: I don’t hate anybody but I do hate the fact that people do not use common sense. As far as I’m concerned I’m obsessed with horror films and will watch one before I go to bed at night if I had a long exhausting day.

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Caleb Harris

FACEBOOK: Caleb Harris

INSTAGRAM: calebhatescake

WEB: linktr.ee/charr8

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0899QVGNN

7 gânduri despre “AUTHOR INTERVIEW 7

  1. OMG I so loved this Romelia!!! Great job on the interview. LOVE Caleb and each of his answers were so authentically relatable. The comment he would write anyway if his family didn’t agree.. love that, takes forever, hire someone for your cover, the first book will suck. I want to read his book just for that. BUT I DIDN’T LIKE THAT HE Said, you’re a writer only if you’ve written a book.. I’m sort of in the middle of a first one now but write a lot… and now I’m not sure what I’m writing about anymore. Lol. 👏👏👏 great interview.

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    1. Thank you so much. I loved too his answers. He means you are not a writer if you did not written a book because you actually become a writer when you finish your book and publish it. Only than someone can call himself/herself a writer or an author. Believe me, I didn’t feel I am a writer till I published my 5th book.😅😅😅 I know it sounds crazy but like I am. In this crazy world just be yourself and believe whatever makes you happy. Each of us we are unique and we think differently. Much love and respect. 🥰🥰🥰

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      1. You are most welcome and I appreciate all of what you are saying but I have to tell you that I was overjoyed when I told my Godson. I’m not a writer and he said, „Yes, Cindy you are a writer. Writers write and you write”. It was a tender moment so whenever I feel stuck and and what’s the point, I remember that and it’s really comforting. Wow, good for you on your 5th book!!! What are theY? Much love ane respect. ❤️ Cindy

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      2. Thank you so much. You can imagine how much means for me all this kind words and all this appreciation. It is a satisfaction I can express in words. After one year of being a published author I finally can get all this from people. Thank you.🥰

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