About the Author

Many authors will say ‘I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember,’ a statement that may be met with some skepticism, but it is in fact true for many. The first story I wrote I was about nine or ten. It was an illustrated tale about a young princess in search of the King’s approval, who went out and killed the evil monster none of the knights could slay, drawn and colored on 3×5 cards. After reading the Lord of the Rings the fantasy bug bit, leaving an indelible brand on my view of the world, which was then complicated by my immediate love of Star War. So it’s no real surprise to me that I’m still writing after all these years, the way I want, without regard to genre.

I began writing The Guardians of the Word many, many years ago, stopping and starting while life moved on. It was always a dream to publish. After my fair share of typical agent rejection notices, and upon hearing about the major changes the publishing industry was facing with the advent of eReaders like Kindle, I thought – in the words of George Bernard Shaw – why not?

The adventure has been more than worth it and rewarding in a way that isn’t easily described. I’ve enjoyed every minute, but especially getting to know the incredibly helpful and wonderful people I’ve met because I took a leap of faith and dared to dream.

Jolea M. Harrison

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28 responses to “About the Author

  1. I am a writer aspiring to becoming an author. I find your story inspirational! I wish you continued success!

    • Thank you so much Kevin! Good luck to you in all your writing endeavors! And if you ever have any questions about how to go about it all, self-publishing vs traditional, please feel free to ask.

  2. Really nice posts. I enjoyed it.
    Sanoj Jose (Author, My Day Out With An Angel)

  3. Bill

    Hi again Jolea,

    I have just finished ‘King’, and what a great finish that was to a totally gripping series. I can well imagine that, having lived with your characters for thirty years, they become almost real in your mind. Can I say that, in the year since I started reading the series, they have become real in my mind too and, to me, that is the sign of a truly gifted story teller. I didn’t want the story to end!

    I am therefore looking forward, very much, to Aiden’s adventures, and you have a dedicated fan who will always be looking out for your next book.

    Just in passing, I wondered if you had ever come across an SF author by the name of Peter F Hamilton? His work is more of the space opera genre but, although his style and themes are completely different from yours, he creates a very similar dark gothic mood. I think you might enjoy his ‘Void’ trilogy – if you get time to do any reading 🙂

    Anyway, I am rambling again, so thanks once more for your fantastic books and ‘bye for now.

    With sincere best wishes,

    Bill

    • Hi Bill! So glad you liked the last book. I still find it hard to believe I’m actually finished with the story. Writing it was an adventure of its own! Thank you so much for the compliments! I’m working on the next story, Aiden’s War as fast as I’m able. I appreciate your support!

  4. Bill

    Hello again Jolea,

    Sorry to monopolise your mail column but, having just finished Adept, I have to say that, of a stunning series, this is the best one yet. I had difficulty putting my Kindle down and was on the edge of my seat right to the end. Congratulations on a superb story and I will be at the head of the queue for the final installment.

    With best wishes,

    Bill

    • Hi Bill,

      I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the book! I’m coming down the home stretch with King. I think it’s shaping up to be even better! 🙂 Thanks for stopping in!

      • Dennis Ferrell

        I hate to bother you about this, but is there a date set for the release of King yet? Just asking because I’m very much anticipating it! Great series!

      • Hi Dennis – No date set yet, but I can tell you that it’s coming in March, 2013. So, pretty soon! Also, it’s no bother! Thanks, I’m glad you have enjoyed the story so far. 🙂

  5. Bill

    Hi Jolea,

    Sorry to be a serial emailer, but I have just been reading your recent blog regarding Smashwords, and the problems you have had with publication of some of your books. Another of my favourite ebook authors, Michael R Hicks, appears to be well versed in matters regarding self publishing and, like you, is not afraid to speak his mind. I thought that, maybe, you could have a look at his blog which, to a layman at least, appears to be full of useful information. I don’t have the link handy, but a Google search will find him. (He writes SF and techno thrillers with a dark undertone which you may like.)

    I have just started reading Adept which, like all your other books, is totally engrossing. I’ll be sorry when the series ends, but look forward to your next saga.

    Hang in there and don’t let the middlemen get you down.

    Sincerely,

    Bill

    • Hi Bill,

      I am familiar with Michael R. Hicks as well! I’ve read his blog stuff on publishing and found it very useful, so thanks for the tip! (And he seems like a nice guy to boot!) I’ve moved on from worrying about Smashwords. I did finally hear from them. It remains to be seen if they actually fixed the problem. I find that out this coming week. (See? I’m even giving them extra time before I check!) Not to worry. I only wanted other authors to know that if they go into Smashwords to distribute their book, they go in aware of the problems. Now, I just don’t include Smashwords as part of my marketing plan, so it works well enough. They’ll either get it together, or they will go out of business.

      I’m happy to hear you have started reading Adept! Thanks for stopping in here and saying so! I think you will enjoy it! I hope so. 🙂 Have a great day!

      Jolea

  6. Bill

    Hi Jolea,

    I just wanted to wish you a very happy festive season and a peaceful, healthy New Year.

    I so enjoy your books and look forward very much to the forthcoming stories.

    All the best,

    Bill

    Bill

    • Hi Bill,

      Thanks so much for the good wishes. I’m taking a little break from writing/editing/formatting to enjoy a day or two off. It’s been a bit hectic getting the last 7 books out! One more to go! Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂

      Jolea

  7. Bill

    Hi Jolea,

    Since I last wrote back in September, I have now read all of the Guardians series, including Seer. What an absolutely engrossing saga, beautifully written and totally un-put-downable. I have to say that the enigmatic and almost godess-like Carryn is my favourite character by far and I look forward to her further interventions in the final two books.

    Very best wishes.

    Bill

  8. Bill

    Hi Jolea,

    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed Chosen. I am definitely going to read the rest of the series – your story and characters have got me hooked.

    I was surprised to see that none of your books had, as yet, received a review in the UK Kindle Store. That has now been rectified.

    Thanks again for a good read.

    Bill

  9. Hi Jolea,
    What a fabulous surprise your series has turned out to be. I had knee replacement surgery and started picking out Paranormal romance and other books about Vampires, Telepathy etc. I was given Chosen and I was hooked. I have been reading the books ( it takes me about two days a book) I am 80% finished with Union and Adept is not yet published. I am so disappointed I hope it will be out soon. Your characters are written so beautifully. I have to admit crying for 5 min when I thought a certain character was dead. Your books are a combination of LTR/Game of Thrones and other top notch fantasy books. I really appreciate your leaving out the gratuitous sex scenes and using delicacy in the romance scenes. I have had a book in my mind for many years an alien fantasy where not all the aliens are bad as in most movies today! You have inspired me to try to write it after I finish your series. As on older women it seems strange to start writing now, however, I wrote lots of poetry as a child and have had many interesting wu wu adventures. Thank you for this lovely series. The last book I read this quickly was Midsts of Avalon – I finished it in 4 days and was so sad when it ended! I am sure I will feel the same at the end of this series. I love Loren, what a great female character! Thank you ….Do you ever have contests to win your books…. 🙂
    Mladyraven
    Nicole

  10. Hello Jolea! Your books are excellent. As a starting indie author myself I just wanted to say keep writing!!! I wish you the best and greatest success!

  11. As I type this, I’m about 60% through Chosen, which I picked at random to read from my massive digital library on my Kindle App (iPad)… I have to admit, I’m quite surprised at how much I’m enjoying the story (surprised only because I’ve read a string of mediocre books lately – that cycle seems to have ended!). So I thought take a second and plop your name into Google and find your website, to find out more about you and the series.

    Love the mix of fantasy and sci-fi… I’m not the most well-read fellow in the world, but I’ve never quite read anything like this, which blends both genres so well (or at all, that I can recall… perhaps Black Sun Rising by CS Friedman? Didn’t get too far into that book, though, so maybe not…)

    Anyway, just wanted to drop you a note of encouragement, and wish you success. Once I finish the book, I’ll post a review of it on my blog (and on GoodReads), and maybe get a few new readers to look your way.

    Dave Wagner

  12. Lilian

    Just read the fist few chapters of Chosen. I love it! Keep on writing and i hope you make tons of money.

  13. Matthew Grist

    Hi Jolea

    My sister Jen got me a copy of your book for Christmas but there was a mix-up and Tony ended up with it. I finally got it from him this weekend when we were at my Mother’s house for her 81st birthday. I just started it this morning on the Metro on my way into DC and finished the first chapter. I am already hooked. I can’t wait to read more. I hope you and your family are well. Matt Grist

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