Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Harmon Snipes has been a GA resident for over 20 years. He was drafted into the Army in 1970 and served on the Army Special Forces. His father was Chief detective of the Mobile Police Department and his mother was a waitress and a bus driver. He is the youngest of five children. He is married with two children and has two grandchildren.
Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Harmon had no idea what career he wanted to pursue. After his time in the Army, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. It was 15 years ago when he first realized that he wanted to be a writer. He came to this conclusion while dealing with insomnia. He found that writing was more productive than watching infomercials. His first published novel, A Praying Man, is the story of Jack Crandall and his quest for vengeance. It was published in 2013 by local publisher Deeds Publishing. Interestingly, he wrote the ending of the book first.
Harmon recalls, “I had, in my mind, a way I would like to see a book end so I wrote the ending of the book first…[later]I went back and wrote everything in between.” After all the research, writing, and revisions, it took him two years to complete the novel. Currently, he is working on a sequel to, A Praying Man, it will be a spin-off of the first novel.
The writings of Tom Clancy and Vince Flynn inspired Harmon. He had the opportunity to meet both authors before their deaths. Clancy once told him, “the secret is to just write the story. The real work begins in the revision.” That is something that has stayed with him over the years. When it comes to writing Harmon believes that, “writing is a little bit like life, sometimes it just happens,” and that, “it’s an imperfect science, that’s why it’s an art.”
Harmon facilitates a writing workshop at Barnes and Noble at The Forum at Peachtree Parkway. There are about 16 members that make up the group, including aspiring and published authors. The group meets every Tuesday at 7pm. The frequency of the meetings is to incite motivation. The workshop functions on a read and critique format. Participants can bring any sort of writing to present to the group. After the group critiques the writings, the authors take away meaningful feedback to help improve their writing. The genres of writing are very diverse from poetry to new young adult.
In addition to hosting the writing workshop, Harmon also participates in community events. He will be participating in a Georgia author signing event at Barnes and Noble on Dec, 5th from 1-3pm. It is an event that is geared to bring publicity to the Gwinnett County Public Library System.
Harmon’s main purpose for writing is to entertain. His advice to other writers is “if you want to write, if you have an urge to write, just start writing…and after you’ve written it, rewrite it.”