Alexis Harrington

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About me

Occupation Writer
Location Portland, OR
Introduction . . . and my work. I am a self-employed working novelist, with 15 books published over the last 25 years, some in German, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish. I live in the Pacific Northwest near the Columbia River, still within 10 miles of my old high school. I have a cat, a finch, two dogs, and three chickens who all seem to want to be in my small office while I'm trying to work (except the chickens, although they'd be thrilled to get into the house if I let them). Getting up to step around them is like maneuvering an obstacle course, but they are my children and so dear to me. My hours are kind of goofy--I'm just not a morning person and tend to be up late when the rest of the world is sleeping--and QUIET. No phones, faxes, distractions. Just the kids and me, candles burning, and the elevator music coming out of my CD player. Before I made the leap to full-time writer, I spent about 12 years working for consulting civil engineers. Riprap, anyone? How about a nice detention pond?
Interests I love to cook, read, entertain friends, decorate, and pursue various crafts.
Favorite Movies Cold Mountain, The Illusionist, Forrest Gump, Raising Arizona, Fargo, The Pianist, Chicago, Independence Day, O Brother Where Art Thou, Almost Famous, Brokeback Mountain, The Green Mile, Lonesome Dove, The Shawshank Redemption, Giant, Rebel Without A Cause, Life With Father, Auntie Mame, Ed Wood, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Titanic, Braveheart, Gladiator, Last of the Mohicans, Legends of the Fall, This is My Father, House of Mirth, Romeo & Juliet (Zefferelli 1968 version)
Favorite Music A vast range from Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin, to Guns 'N' Roses, early Elvis, Elton John and Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen (two major writing influences), The Chieftans, Tom Petty, Celtic trad, Glenn Miller, Gershwin, AC/DC, Eagles (especially Seven Bridges Road!), George Thorogood, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, movie soundtracks, Salty Dog by Procol Harem, Dropkick Murphys, Wilco, Waylon Jennings, various shape-note singing groups, and when I'm writing, that kind of mindless elevator music you can buy from displays that play samples in places like Target.
Favorite Books Just about anything written by Stephen King, Bruce Springsteen, Jeannette Walls, Frank McCourt, or Martin Clark, the Harry Potter series, the Outlander series, Angela's Ashes, A Farewell To Arms, All Quiet on the Western Front, The Observations, Lonesome Dove, A Garden of Sand, Gone With the Wind, Hummingbird, Trinity.