Recursion by David J Harrison / #Interview #BookTour @zooloosBT @Harrison55 @BookGuild


Everything that is going to happen already has.

During a disruption in the timeline of a sleepy Lake District village, the erratic and strung-out artist Haruki Kensagi cannot help but feel that he’s been here before, either in his past or in his future.

Haruki, struggling with both his painting and his mental health, disappears.

His long-suffering wife Jane Kensagi, herself a brilliant musician, interrupts her career to look for him unaware that a malignant and ageless entity awaits them both under the dark fells of the Lake District.

The estranged couple becomes caught up in a dangerously recursive series of events surrounding a dormant cosmic force.

They encounter a cabal of enigmatic characters who may hinder or help in equal measure. And over all this madness, the monstrous but charismatic Captain presides; part faith healer, part cult-leader, all saviour.

Haruki and Jane are taken to the limits of sanity and beyond in their attempt to escape from the evil that has been unleashed.




When and where do you prefer to write?

Honestly, I can write pretty much anywhere. I travel a lot, and when the plane is delayed, or I am alone in a strange city, there’s no better way to pass the time.

Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?

I prefer the sound of birds, or better still the crash of waves and the movement of water, but who doesn’t? The reality is that time is precious, and no one can afford to await the perfect moment.

If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

My father. He publishes as DJ Harrison, so having given me his name at birth, he’s now stolen it back. We’re currently in competition because we have both recently published new projects, but we are also collaborating, together with an Irish author, on the Dublin-based crime thriller, Boardroom Gangsters.

Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?

I would be the one that the reader can’t quite figure out. Nothing should be clear cut, or quite as it seems, because real life and real people are not like that.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

God, but he’s likely to have as many questions for me as I have for him.

Where can I find you when you are reading?

In the sunshine, if I can find it.

Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?

I will be looking for the sunshine.

What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?

Is this the end of the journey, or the start?

How do you come up with a title for your book?

The name Recursion had been going around and around for a while (heh, heh).

Actually, the working title was something like The Colour of the Stars, but then half way through writing it, when the power of the recursive events on the plot unfolded, I hit upon a three word series of titles, Recursion, Incursion, and Excursion. I have the other two books mapped out, but there’s a lot I need to do first before I return to Barrowthwaite.

How do you pick a cover for your book?

I’m lucky that my publisher has a great art department who really understand what I try to achieve. The tree in Recursion is very symbolic both as a mathematic device and as an artistic one. Jungian psychology is full of them.

Thank you, David J Harrison and Zooloo’s Book Tours


About the author

David J Harrison only realised that Lord of the Rings had been read out to him as a sleeping child when as a teenager he sought an explanation for its familiarity. On a more conscious level, he was brought up on a diet of classic science fiction and fantasy, most notably the stories of Robert E Howard, Lin Carter and L. Sprague de Camp. Little wonder that he chose psychology as his degree subject. He works in biotechnology, specialising in medical devices and is excited to have contributed towards several important new medicines. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and children who he stops reading to when they fall asleep.


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