Jonathan Harris is a Creative Writing student here at Brunel University.
What writers have influenced you most and why?
I’m influenced by a lot of writers, most notably Hemingway, Houllebecq, Easton Ellis, Dostoevsky, Sartre, Miller, and Bukowski. Mostly dead guys, I’m not into novels that are very plot-based or too descriptive. I like novels with a good, relatable voice and strong themes.
What’s your favourite genre and why?
It’s difficult to choose one genre, but I would say literary or magic realism, kind of slipstream. I like works that have something to say about society, or that raise questions about their social conventions. They don’t have to be particularly plot oriented, for instance, I’m currently reading ‘Nausea’ by Jean-Paul Sartre.
Can you give us a brief insight into your writing process?
Usually, I’ll just sit down with a blank page and I have an idea in my head. I’ll just write and see where it takes me, getting the work out feels like the fun part of writing. Then I see how well my idea has translated to the page, and I edit if I think it could work, or I’ll just bin it if not. I’m quite lazy at sitting down and writing, but I am learning to be more disciplined with it.
What are your interests when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’ll either be watching the football or at the Emirates Stadium. I love the atmosphere of thousands of people all wishing for the same result, it’s kind of like my church, only you can have a beer. Other than that, I’ll usually be reading, or I often do carpentry and woodwork with my dad. It’s good to spend time using my hands to be productive and learning a life skill, it’s also quite therapeutic.
You can read Jonathan’s short story, alongside many others, in the ‘The Psyche Supermarket’ released on the 11th of March.
You can also find him on Twitter at @JDHarris90 and his website at http://himynameisjon.com/