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Book 2 is in the works.

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments


The people of Golgotha live in fear under the cruel Governor Bishop, whose priests enforce the law. Forsaken by their King, they pray for salvation.

Kind of like Batman with vampires.

On Thanksgiving.

Troy Jackson Interviews William About the Writing Process and Antioch

Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments

Writing Process

Troy Jackson of Tempest Works recently interviewed Billy about the inspiration for Antioch and his writing process.  Below is the interview in its entirety:

Next up we have William E. Harlan, who has written Antioch, which is the first of a planned series called ‘The Circle.’  From the sound of it he is a man after my own (bleeding) heart, as we enjoy reading and writing similar things!So welcome, William!

1) Tell us about yourself – what do you like to write?  How long have you written?  What prompted you to start writing?

I like to write action, fantasy, not-so-much-horror-as-gross stuff and comedy. It took about three years to finish my first novel and I haven’t written much else, so I’ve been writing for about three years. I started writing because of Eminem, actually. In high school I used to enjoy writing poetry. Well, I left that behind, got old and then stumbled upon Eminem’s music years later. The way he wove words together was inspiring. I started writing poetry again and after another few years moved on to a novel.

2) What types of books do you like to read?

I like to read things that surprise me. Genre isn’t as important as originality or skill. Lately I’ve been reading and reviewing indie books on Goodreads. I was a little hard on the last one and got in trouble.

3) What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why?

I like Stephen King, Michael Crichton and Stan Sakai, keeping it to three. King because of his blue-collar attitude toward writing and his amazing book, “On Writing,” Crichton because of “Jurassic Park,” the most entertaining novel I’ve ever read, and Sakai because Usagi Yojimbo the samurai rabbit is the best comic book in the history of the universe.

4) What inspires you to write?

Violence, ethics and justice. Something that touches on one of those concepts makes me imagine scenes.

5) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?

That’s difficult to say. I had the basic idea of my novel for years before I did anything about it and then I had to learn a lot about writing before I could really get going. I don’t have a typical amount of time to offer. Since I’m writing a series, though, I’ll try to let you know what the average between book one and two turns out to be.

6) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?

The hardest part is the self-doubt. It’s crippling, thinking you aren’t good enough. I don’t know if I’d say it’s easy, but the most fun part is imagining a scene. I like thinking about what’s going on and what it looks like and trying to put those ideas into words with impact. I also like editing. It’s a good feeling when everything is in order.

7) Tell us about your book?  Where can readers find it?  Do you have a website?  Blog?

My book is titled “Antioch.” It is the first in a series of books called “The Circle.” The setting is medieval fantasy/steampunk and the story centers on a small group of men who’ve been keeping an extraordinary secret about the nature of humanity. The events in “Antioch” divide those men, forcing each to decide on his own what to do with his knowledge.

Readers can pick it up as an ebook at Amazon, Smashwords or Barnes and Noble, but it’s also available in paperback at Amazon through Createspace.

My website is WilliamEHarlan.com and my blog is connected from there to Goodreads and Amazon. I can also be found on twitter as @WilliamEHarlan and on Facebook as CircleOfSaints.

5 Tips for Writers that Publishers Don’t Want You to Follow

Posted by on Jan 26, 2013 in Latest News, self-publishing | 0 comments

tips for writersSelf-publishing used to be reserved for niche writers and other authors who had no other choice.  After (most likely) being rejected by dozens of major and small publishers, you would have to pay sometimes thousands of dollars to a printer who would then send you a few hundred copies of your book.  You might sell a few copies at local bookstores and give away a few more to friends and family, but at the end of a few weeks you would probably be boxing up the rest of those books, along with your dreams of ever being a working writer.

Well, thanks to the advent of ebooks and major online booksellers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, things have changed.  Self publishing no longer has the bad reputation and results it used to, and publishing companies no longer have the power to make or break a writer’s career.  Indie publishers and their books are coming out of the closet.  We are now turning our backs on traditional publishing by the thousands and choosing to forge our own way.  In the spirit of the modern DIY indie author, we’re offering some tips for writers.  It’s advice that major publishers don’t want you to follow.

1. Get your book out there.

You wrote a book for one reason: you want people to read it. You will never feel that your book has value until others have read and reviewed it.  You need feedback for validation and to make you a better writer.  Until people have read your book, it doesn’t exist in the world.

2.  Find your audience.

Join a group on Goodreads or other online forums for writers and readers.  Get connected and find your audience.  Sure there will be people who don’t like your book.  That’s inevitable.  But if you like your book, then others will too.  There are millions of people out there who will think your book is great.  Go find them.

3.  Don’t wait for a publishing company to decide your book has value.

Publishing used to be a waiting game.  You spent months or years writing your book only to have to wait for more months or years for a person in an office somewhere to decide that your book is worth publishing.  Why not release your book to the masses and let the public decide if your book is worth reading?  How many stories have we heard of great books being rejected over and over again by publishers?  How many books were never published because the authors (a sensitive bunch in general) gave up and went back to their day jobs?  You no longer have to wait on a publisher.  It’s a waste of time.

4.  Don’t fool yourself that publishers care about you or art.

Publishers care about one thing – money.  They are a business and work for profit only.  At best this means they will purchase the rights to your book for as little money as possible.  At worst they will purchase the rights to your book then squash it, and instead promote the latest release of a well-known author or celebrity.  Don’t fool yourself.  A big publisher will not risk much money on an unknown author no matter how great your book is.

5.  Accept that the world of publishing has changed.

Publishers are scared of you.  They are.  They’re scared that you will choose to publish your book on your own instead of appealing to them first.  They’re scared you will figure out that you don’t need them anymore.  You can now self-publish your book for free, and it’s easy.  You can now keep up to 70% of the money your book makes instead of having to settle for the 6-10% the publishing company wants to give you.  You can keep all the rights to your book and you can decide when and where and what to publish.  You can market yourself online and do a better job than the publishing company can do for you.  What about professional editing and cover art?  With a small amount of money you can have these too, and you can choose your editor and book cover.  There is now more opportunity for writers than ever before.  You owe it to yourself and all those readers out there to take advantage of it.

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Author William Harlan talks “Antioch” and Armageddon with Jennifer Lafferty

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments

FDCover2William was recently interviewed by writer and blogger Jennifer K. Lafferty about his newly released novel Antioch.  Here is the first half of the interview as it appears in Jennifer’s Goodreads blog:

Are you ready for the end of the world? Well, the subject makes for some very entertaining and imaginative reading in William Harlan’s science fiction/fantasy novel “Antioch (The Circle #1)”. In the book, the fate of humanity rests on the shoulders of an ancient order of mystics who must decide if they are willing to divulge their secrets to save man kind.William Harlan discussed “Antioch” and the writing process in our recent interview.

Q: What inspired you to write “Antioch”?

A: Since playing Dungeons and Dragons as a boy, I have loved the idea of paladins, warrior-priests who wade into the center of battle striking down their foes and healing their friends. They’re like Jesus with a sword and a bad attitude. I started writing Antioch so I could write about paladins.

Q: Do you prefer writing character driven or plot driven stories?

A: I’m going to guess character driven, but i could be wrong. It’s definitely one or the other, maybe a mix. Is there a third option?

Q: Do you prefer writing science fiction and fantasy to others genres, if so, why?

A: I like low fantasy, medieval swordplay plus a small amount of sensible magic. There’s just something special about a sword.

Q: Who are some of your biggest influences as a writer?

A: I love song lyrics. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) and Eminem have had a huge influence over me. I try to add a lyrical quality to my sentence structure if I can. My favorite book is probably “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. My favorite author is Stephen King, not because of his novels but because of his attitude toward writing. His “On Writing” is inspirational.

Q: You compare “Antioch” to “Star Wars” in the description. Do you think fans of “Star Wars” would appreciate this book, if so, why?

A: I think so. I’m a big “Star Wars” fan, so I wrote “Antioch” chasing a lot of the feelings I got watching “Star Wars” as a kid thirty years ago. The connections are plain.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish with “Antioch”?

A: I want to write for a living. Instead of working long hours in a restaurant, I want to work long hours on a series of cool novels. I’d be happy to do it for the equivalent of minimum wage. My wife can pick up the slack!

Be on the lookout for Harlan’s next installment in the series “The Circle, Part Two is “Golgotha.”


Published on January 12, 2013 by Jennifer K. Lafferty

Release of Antioch – Star Wars with Zombies?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2013 in Latest News | 0 comments

cover2“Armageddon is arrived.” Threatened by an unnatural plague that raises the dead, an ancient order of mystics must choose between keeping its secrets and saving humanity.
Kind of like Star Wars with zombies.

Editor’s Review: Antioch is a great fantasy adventure novel with plenty of sword fighting and monsters (zombies), but the heart of the book is its characters, complex story and clean, imaginative prose.

From the pious yet conflicted paladin Michael to the loudmouthed but lovable sailor Ditch, the characters in Antioch are multifaceted and unique. There are no stereotypes within these pages, yet through the use of humor and seamless dialog, the characters are relatable and believable. This is a rarity in books even by many seasoned authors.

The story begins with slaughter and mystery, then turns to small-town life under the shadow of fear as the citizens of Antioch prepare for Armageddon. Still, questions about the origin and nature of the plague remain and the eventual discovery of the answers is as exciting as the final showdown with death. My only complaint is that the story is left unfinished, and like everyone else who reads Antioch, I have to wait for the rest of the series to discover the final fate of my favorite characters and the answers to all my questions.

The writing in Antioch is clear and precise. I can testify that the author agonized over every word, and it shows in the careful phrasing and brilliant imagery of the story. This, in my opinion, is the mark of a not just a great book, but a great writer.

Highly recommended for any fantasy fan.

4 Responses to “Latest News”

  1. Kris Shirley says:

    I just finished Antioch and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I`’ve tried to find out when Golgotha will be out for ebooks, and can’t find any info. So, when are you planning to release the next book? Thanks for your genius, and hard work!

  2. Gary Duplessis says:

    Just finished Antioch. I am hungry for more… is there a way to be notified when the release of Golgotha will be imminent? Outstanding story, narrative, intelligence and poise.

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