Michael Tavon Harris is writer ,recording artist ,and actor . The 34 year old author hailing from St. Petersburg, Florida is striving to become a powerhouse within the entertainment industry. From a young age elders and teachers recognized Michael’s special gift as a writer, but he himself didn’t notice until he made his decision to dropout of college. He made his first mark by self-publishing his debut comedic novel “Garage Band: The Legend of Dookie Harris”, earlier this year. Thus far, his first effort has gained moderate attention and respectable reviews. Michael cites Dave Chappelle, Seth McFarlane , Charles Hamilton (rapper) as a few of his inspirations. Michael aspires to change the world through his worlds.
1. What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? In 5th grade, after the tragic 9/11 incident fellow classmates and administrators were devastated. Some lost relatives, and others were just torn.
The atmosphere was solemn for weeks. One day our teacher assigned a writing essay, of which, we had to write about how 9/11 affected us personally.
After our writing time was up we had to present our essays in front of the class. By the time my name was called the classroom was filled with tears. So I took it upon myself to writer a fictional story entitled “Osama in the Hood”. It was about a group a kids who spotted Osama Bin Laden working, incognito, as a convenient store clerk. I vividly remembering everyone is the classroom clapping and laughing as I read and ‘acted’ the essay out. From there on I knew I had the ability to make people laugh with my writing.
Even though my essay was off topic my teacher gave me an A+ anyways.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? My writing style is unorthodox. I’m not the traditional ‘sit at a desk at write’ kind of writer. I’m liable to begin writing at any given moment.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? No, because I’m so sensitive to my surroundings I can draw new inspiration from strangers and everyday life.
4. Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? I’m 50-50. Sometimes I need a general outline to get the creative juices flowing; other times I just go with the flow.
5. Are you traditionally or self-published, and what was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors? I’m self-published. Amazon has a very simplistic system that allows authors to publish their titles.
Aspiring authors should opt for the method that is more comfortable for them.
Self-Published authors receive full creative control over their projects, but have to market it with their own money. Traditionally published authors get the benefits of having their books placed in libraries and retails stores but may lose creative control.
6. What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Having my family & peers proud of me.
7. Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. Garage Band: The Legend of Dookie Harris is a story about never giving up, fighting through obstacles to fulfil your dreams no matter how old you are. In essence, it’s a story about losers/outcasts excel at being losers.
I’m currently working on Garage Band 2, the dates is TBA.
8. What audience is your book targeted for, and what genre does it come under? I’m targeting the dreamers, the outcasts, the people who refuse to take no for an answer.
9. Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I enjoy going out, watching The Office, hanging out with women, and making others laugh.
10.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) Authors should never spam other people via email & social media, always acknowledge your reviewers and show appreciation.
11.Who’s you celebrity crush? I’ve been in love with Zoe Kravitz for 5 years and counting.