My name is Jeff Hargett. I am California born, but North Carolina raised. So yeah, I’ve got the southern-boy accent.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing while in school, mostly lyrics and poetry, but it wasn’t until I returned to school a decade later that a professor swore a novel tarried inside me begging to be written. She convinced me to set it free. Spurred by her encouragement, I did. I’m forever in her debt.
What genre(s) do you write?
While my short stories can be almost anything, all novel-length work I’ve done has been epic fantasy. People say to write what you know. I modified that to suit me. I write what I love instead. Besides, I have as much first-hand knowledge about magic and dragons as anyone else, right?
What’s your current WIP? Can you tell us about it?
I’m currently writing an epic fantasy series called Strands of Pattern. I’ll be starting book one’s revisions soon. I’ve begun plotting book two and have outlined and started drafting a pseudo-prequel that I’m dedicating to my oldest grandson. He loves dragons.
What’s your current day job? How does it help or hinder your writing?
By day (and sometimes by night and weekend) I’m a Lead Application Developer at a Fortune 500 insurance company. I’ve worked in information technology for decades and the tech changes as rapidly now as it did thirty years ago. Today’s chosen solution is tomorrow’s target for an upgrade.
From a hindrance perspective, my job often places huge demands on my time. It helps by keeping both the analytical, logic-focused side of my brain active as well as my creative side. Writing software can be quite a creative endeavor too.
Who is your favorite author?
I’d call my favorite a tie between J. R. R. Tolkien and Robert Jordan. They ignited my imagination. I’m a big fan of Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, Melanie Rawn and Robin Hobb, too.
This too is a tie. It’s between “Fellowship of the Ring” by J. R. R. Tolkien and “The Great Hunt” by Robert Jordan. But there are so many so worthy of that top slot.
What other hobbies or activities do you do outside of writing?
You mean I can do things other than work and write? Actually, I’m creature of habit. So what I lack in variety I make up for in intensity. I’m a lover of astronomy, strategy games, painting (although my talent is virtually non-existent), and, of course, reading. I’m longing for the next sci-fi or fantasy series to come along so that I can enjoy my “so big even Grandpa can see” television again.
Most of my enjoyment, however, comes from family. All those people that say being a grandparent is fabulous? They’re right!
What is something unique about yourself?
Besides my fingerprints? I’m a creature of contradiction, good with my toes and prefer breakfast or Italian for all three meals.
Do you have a blog, Twitter, and/or Web site we can link to?
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