I have another interview in the mix at the moment with U.L. Harper, author of The Flesh Statue. Once I have received, read and reviewed his book I will then get to interviewing him. If there are any questions you would like to see me ask please feel free to post them and I shall take them into consideration.
Here’s a little information on U.L. Harper from his Goodreads profile:
“U.L. Harper was born in Los Angeles California where he learned nothing. However, he was raised in the public school system in Long Beach California. He attended Lincoln and Madison Elementary and moved to San Pedro where he attended Richard Henry Dana Junior High School. For the last few months of junior high he moved back to Long Beach where he attended Franklin Junior High. So check this out. He then went to Long Beach Poly where they told him he wouldn’t be anything when he grew up and that he wasn’t allowed to take a creative writing class. The teachers called him stupid. At least before 1993.
U.L. originally went to college for journalism. He got his feet wet at UCLA (University of Cypress Lincoln Avenue). But his writing started as a part time slam poet, moving around different cities cursing at the audience in the name of art and style. His writing continued as writer and Editor in Chief for the Cypress Chronicle.
But if one were to examine fully the writing career of U.L. they’d find that he wrote a story in fourth grade about a boy who had to vacuum up somebody elses piss. This earned U.L. a conferance with his teacher and an awkward talk with his mother at home. Later in life U.L. would also write a poem so visceral that he would not be allowed into his friends home. The words that got him kicked out went as follows: “Someone needs to put the mother back in fucker. Someone needs to put the God back in damn.” Yep.
Eventually he moved into the short story form where he completed something called The Resurrection of Greenwell. It’s the short story about a discussion group that decides it needs to talk about a way to take power away from the local government. This story would find its way into The Flesh Statue. The city is ours!
Seeing that his career as a reporter started him out at a whopping $7.25 an hour he decided to hang it up or get fired, depending on how you want to look at things, and become an usher at a movie theater. It was the down time allotted at his new work that fed his inspiration to write The Flesh Statue.
U.L. is now an after-school program director where he attempts to influence students to expand their imagination. He still lives in Long Beach.”