H.A. Harvey is creating fiction
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$5
per month
Who am I?
   I am a native of Arizona who grew up on the White Mountain Apache reservation, and lived all-over the state before enlisting in the Marine Corps and spending my enlistment overseas in Okinawa, Japan.  From early in elementary school, I have had a deep love of history, mythology, fantasy, science-fiction, and the art of story-telling in all its forms.  Growing up among the Apache people, combined with my studies into the peoples of history, their cultures, and their myths, all combined to give me a great appreciation for the many different perspectives of life . . . and how they are reflected in the stories we tell.
   I was introduced to the concept of role-playing when I was six and, by the time I was ten, I was using the medium to generate my own stories, and worlds within which to set them, and inviting my brothers and friends in to explore.  It became clear (more quickly to everyone else than to myself) that I had a gift for storytelling.  Repeatedly, family, friends, and even acquaintances that barely brushed the surface of my stories, each recommended, advised, and even pleaded that I start to write them down.  However, I always viewed it as a hobby to be shared with friends, rather than a career.  One needed a "real" profession, and being a starving artist never sounded like a good idea to me.
   Then, after decades of generating my hobby for free, two things happened almost simultaneously.  I found myself in a position where the daily grind life left me closer to the starving artist position than it was supposed to, and a family member finally convinced me to sit, stay, and write!  I sat.  I thought.  Finally, I found a starting point and . . .why hadn't I done this before?  "Pastimes" became a thing of the past.  Any moment that I was not absolutely required to be at my day-job, or collapsed asleep, I was writing.  I'd forget to eat.  What was going to be a short story to see if I could actually do this "writing thing" became a 450 page epic novel that, while its core story was finished, only brushed the surface of the larger story that I had unearthed.
   I had my friends, family, and a few other interested parties "beta-read" my work, and they raved about it.  However, I wanted to see if it was really any good, or people that knew me just didn't want to hurt my feelings.  So, I self-published "The Emissary" as an e-book on Amazon (and requested that my friends/family not review it at all, so I could be sure of the results).  When it received nothing but 4 and 5 stars, I was effectively hooked.  It was settled.  Going forward, whether or not I actually can make a living at it (yes, I'm fully aware that something like 90% of even great artists' work never earn money until after they die . . . a fact I'm sure they're ever so grateful for), I am a writer.
   Of course, this meant life felt the need to test my resolve.  I'd hardly begun work on my second book when an unexpected and mandatory move was sprung upon me . . .followed by medical issues of a close friend that required attention.  Still, progress continued, if more slowly than I would have liked.  Then, when I was halfway done, catastrophe struck, and I lost my original copies of my first novel, over a decade of graphic-design work, and (of course) the work-in-progress book 2 . . . not to mention my computer.  However, I was bitten, and there wasn't any turning back, so I borrowed money from a friend to re-equip, tracked down old beta-manuscripts that I had sent to my friends to replace the first novel, and then started back at 0 on the second book.
   My writing style seems to be uniquely my own, at least to me.  Both when beginning my first novel, and while starting (both versions of) book 2, people ask how my outline is going.  I have no answer for that, since I don't work off of one.  Perhaps from my background in role-playing and cooperative story-telling, I am used to the characters in my stories having minds of their own and acting in ways that are difficult (but not impossible, therein lies the crux) to predict.  I have a point of origin.  I know what is going on in the world around my characters.  I have a handful of key points of the story that they will encounter (though how precisely that happens is open to change).  However, each character acts differently and however I may plan a scene as a "director/narrator", it always changes (sometimes slightly, sometimes drastically) once I place myself within an actor and their worldviews, experiences, and desires take hold.
   I love deep, rich characters, and abhor flat "placeholder" cutouts . . . so even minor characters are often so (off-page) developed that they could well have a novella exclusively about them.  I like to write from a subjective viewpoint, immersing the reader into events as seen from the perspective of one character or another.  Not just the dialog, but the tone and nature of the story's narrative changes depending upon who the reader currently 'rides' with.  Sometimes, it is a tactical, direct evaluation from a hunter/warrior, other times, it becomes a wordy, easily-distracted narrative of an educated (and yes, a bit arrogant) noble.  My studies of world history, as well as the time I have spent within other cultures besides my own, have given me a great appreciation for the spectrum of human perspective, and I try to convey that in creating characters who do not all think the same, or hold the same values.
   One of the most frequent compliments from my test readers is how immersive and intense the action sequences are, as well as their visceral realism.  Credit for this goes in equal part to my rather intense high-school grammar and literature teacher (Mr. Howell, if you're still kickin' out there . . . you were right.  I still cannot watch a full movie without mentally making corrections), and to my combined experiences with close-quarters combat in the Marines, amateur swordplay from a young age through adulthood, and brief foray into the world of Ken-do.

So, why do I need Patreon?
   I've already decided that writing is what I want, and am determined, to do, regardless of whatever else happens.  However, I also like to think of myself as an at least semi-functioning adult and responsible family member.  I need to make a living and be able to help my family while I keep writing.  It'd be oh, so nice if one could feed into the other.  It would also mean that I could finish more works, and earlier, than I otherwise would be able to.
   The series I am currently working on is a saga on an epic scale.  The first four books essentially compose act 1, and the series will likely be at least a dozen full-length novels when complete.  I already have had requests to write spin-off novellas or smaller series on some of the characters from my first book, which I'd love to do.  I've also been approached about collaborating on a sci-fi novel, and had a separate opening to write for a graphic novel series.  I would love to do all of the above, but even simply completing the current series could well take me into old age while my writing is a non(or barely)-paying hobby, and the other projects are unlikely to be more than pipe-dreams.
   If I can get funding through my writing, then that will give me time to finish the series, and devote time to the extra side projects as well.
Tiers
Bonnie the Guardian Dog Thanks You!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
First, you get a thank you for supporting my writing!  Also, you get access to:
  • Patron-only polls
  • View pics of my farm critters.
  • When I reach at least part-time funding, I will be able to create and update a timeline of when projects can be expected to be completed.  You will be able to view this to keep up with what is coming out and when!
Fan Club
$5 or more per month 1 patron
All the above access and thanks, plus:
  • Access to primer-samples for each book I am working on.
  • Access to view monthly samples of compendium shorts that introduce the world in which my novels are set.  Learn more about the world's history, the beings that inhabit it, its magic and geography.
Elite Fan
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Mega gratitude, all of the above perks, plus:
  • Access to downloadable versions of the samples and compendium entries.
  • Access to the Q&A blog (video blog while full-time funding goal is met).
Contributor
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus:
  • Submit questions for the Q&A posts.
  • Access to downloadable PDFs of side shorts and novellas.
Supporter
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Gain all of the above, plus:
  • A signed copy of any books released to print while you are a Supporter! (I'm not limiting this tier, as if I have that many fans that are so supportive . . . IF I end up working for a publisher and have limited author copies . . . I'll go out and buy my own book to send you signed copies)
Benefactor
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
This is limited by its very nature.  Benefactors will recieve signed, numbered, first-run copies of every book (including art-books, compendiums, and other peripherals, as well as illustrated hard-covers when available) that I put out while they are benefactors.
Benefactor+
$120 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
All the perks up through Benefactor tier, plus you get access to downloadable PDFs of Acts 1 & 2 of my current WIP as soon as they become available!  You can provide feedback that may affect the outcome of the final story!
Benefactor+Collaborator
$130 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
You guessed it, all the things through Benefactor+, Aaaand . . . I will work with you to create a customized character within the series!  The world is vast, and the story broad, so I can fit someone new in somewhere, I guarantee. 
Benefactor+Dedication
$200 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
What's better than a signed, numbered copy?  When everyone who opens the book sees your name!  Or, if you want to give that as a gift . . .that works too.


This Benefactor+ package gives you everything through Benefactor+Collaborator AND:

I will put you (or someone you designate . . . I'll add the caviat of "within reason" because I am a natural smart-a**, so I know someone would try something) in the dedication of one of my books. AND:

You will recieve an additional signed, numbered copy of said book. (Either as a gift or collection piece, up to you).

Benefactor+Custom Request
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Benefactor+ with the added bonus of being able to comission a side-story (or possibly other work).  Obviously, more than one such benefactor at a time would be over-extending myself.


This package comes with ten (10) signed, numbered, first-run copies of the finished work.

Goals
$5 of $400 per month
Part-Time
At $400 a month, I can elevate my writing from my primary hobby to a part-time job.  This won't make ends meet, but if there is at least some money flowing in from my writing and helping keep power on and food on the table, then I can invest more time into it.

At this stage, I can keep a more consistent timeline, and produce peripheral stories and anecdotes to give readers better insight into the worlds of my primary novels.
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Who am I?
   I am a native of Arizona who grew up on the White Mountain Apache reservation, and lived all-over the state before enlisting in the Marine Corps and spending my enlistment overseas in Okinawa, Japan.  From early in elementary school, I have had a deep love of history, mythology, fantasy, science-fiction, and the art of story-telling in all its forms.  Growing up among the Apache people, combined with my studies into the peoples of history, their cultures, and their myths, all combined to give me a great appreciation for the many different perspectives of life . . . and how they are reflected in the stories we tell.
   I was introduced to the concept of role-playing when I was six and, by the time I was ten, I was using the medium to generate my own stories, and worlds within which to set them, and inviting my brothers and friends in to explore.  It became clear (more quickly to everyone else than to myself) that I had a gift for storytelling.  Repeatedly, family, friends, and even acquaintances that barely brushed the surface of my stories, each recommended, advised, and even pleaded that I start to write them down.  However, I always viewed it as a hobby to be shared with friends, rather than a career.  One needed a "real" profession, and being a starving artist never sounded like a good idea to me.
   Then, after decades of generating my hobby for free, two things happened almost simultaneously.  I found myself in a position where the daily grind life left me closer to the starving artist position than it was supposed to, and a family member finally convinced me to sit, stay, and write!  I sat.  I thought.  Finally, I found a starting point and . . .why hadn't I done this before?  "Pastimes" became a thing of the past.  Any moment that I was not absolutely required to be at my day-job, or collapsed asleep, I was writing.  I'd forget to eat.  What was going to be a short story to see if I could actually do this "writing thing" became a 450 page epic novel that, while its core story was finished, only brushed the surface of the larger story that I had unearthed.
   I had my friends, family, and a few other interested parties "beta-read" my work, and they raved about it.  However, I wanted to see if it was really any good, or people that knew me just didn't want to hurt my feelings.  So, I self-published "The Emissary" as an e-book on Amazon (and requested that my friends/family not review it at all, so I could be sure of the results).  When it received nothing but 4 and 5 stars, I was effectively hooked.  It was settled.  Going forward, whether or not I actually can make a living at it (yes, I'm fully aware that something like 90% of even great artists' work never earn money until after they die . . . a fact I'm sure they're ever so grateful for), I am a writer.
   Of course, this meant life felt the need to test my resolve.  I'd hardly begun work on my second book when an unexpected and mandatory move was sprung upon me . . .followed by medical issues of a close friend that required attention.  Still, progress continued, if more slowly than I would have liked.  Then, when I was halfway done, catastrophe struck, and I lost my original copies of my first novel, over a decade of graphic-design work, and (of course) the work-in-progress book 2 . . . not to mention my computer.  However, I was bitten, and there wasn't any turning back, so I borrowed money from a friend to re-equip, tracked down old beta-manuscripts that I had sent to my friends to replace the first novel, and then started back at 0 on the second book.
   My writing style seems to be uniquely my own, at least to me.  Both when beginning my first novel, and while starting (both versions of) book 2, people ask how my outline is going.  I have no answer for that, since I don't work off of one.  Perhaps from my background in role-playing and cooperative story-telling, I am used to the characters in my stories having minds of their own and acting in ways that are difficult (but not impossible, therein lies the crux) to predict.  I have a point of origin.  I know what is going on in the world around my characters.  I have a handful of key points of the story that they will encounter (though how precisely that happens is open to change).  However, each character acts differently and however I may plan a scene as a "director/narrator", it always changes (sometimes slightly, sometimes drastically) once I place myself within an actor and their worldviews, experiences, and desires take hold.
   I love deep, rich characters, and abhor flat "placeholder" cutouts . . . so even minor characters are often so (off-page) developed that they could well have a novella exclusively about them.  I like to write from a subjective viewpoint, immersing the reader into events as seen from the perspective of one character or another.  Not just the dialog, but the tone and nature of the story's narrative changes depending upon who the reader currently 'rides' with.  Sometimes, it is a tactical, direct evaluation from a hunter/warrior, other times, it becomes a wordy, easily-distracted narrative of an educated (and yes, a bit arrogant) noble.  My studies of world history, as well as the time I have spent within other cultures besides my own, have given me a great appreciation for the spectrum of human perspective, and I try to convey that in creating characters who do not all think the same, or hold the same values.
   One of the most frequent compliments from my test readers is how immersive and intense the action sequences are, as well as their visceral realism.  Credit for this goes in equal part to my rather intense high-school grammar and literature teacher (Mr. Howell, if you're still kickin' out there . . . you were right.  I still cannot watch a full movie without mentally making corrections), and to my combined experiences with close-quarters combat in the Marines, amateur swordplay from a young age through adulthood, and brief foray into the world of Ken-do.

So, why do I need Patreon?
   I've already decided that writing is what I want, and am determined, to do, regardless of whatever else happens.  However, I also like to think of myself as an at least semi-functioning adult and responsible family member.  I need to make a living and be able to help my family while I keep writing.  It'd be oh, so nice if one could feed into the other.  It would also mean that I could finish more works, and earlier, than I otherwise would be able to.
   The series I am currently working on is a saga on an epic scale.  The first four books essentially compose act 1, and the series will likely be at least a dozen full-length novels when complete.  I already have had requests to write spin-off novellas or smaller series on some of the characters from my first book, which I'd love to do.  I've also been approached about collaborating on a sci-fi novel, and had a separate opening to write for a graphic novel series.  I would love to do all of the above, but even simply completing the current series could well take me into old age while my writing is a non(or barely)-paying hobby, and the other projects are unlikely to be more than pipe-dreams.
   If I can get funding through my writing, then that will give me time to finish the series, and devote time to the extra side projects as well.

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Tiers
Bonnie the Guardian Dog Thanks You!
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
First, you get a thank you for supporting my writing!  Also, you get access to:
  • Patron-only polls
  • View pics of my farm critters.
  • When I reach at least part-time funding, I will be able to create and update a timeline of when projects can be expected to be completed.  You will be able to view this to keep up with what is coming out and when!
Fan Club
$5 or more per month 1 patron
All the above access and thanks, plus:
  • Access to primer-samples for each book I am working on.
  • Access to view monthly samples of compendium shorts that introduce the world in which my novels are set.  Learn more about the world's history, the beings that inhabit it, its magic and geography.
Elite Fan
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Mega gratitude, all of the above perks, plus:
  • Access to downloadable versions of the samples and compendium entries.
  • Access to the Q&A blog (video blog while full-time funding goal is met).
Contributor
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
All of the above, plus:
  • Submit questions for the Q&A posts.
  • Access to downloadable PDFs of side shorts and novellas.
Supporter
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Gain all of the above, plus:
  • A signed copy of any books released to print while you are a Supporter! (I'm not limiting this tier, as if I have that many fans that are so supportive . . . IF I end up working for a publisher and have limited author copies . . . I'll go out and buy my own book to send you signed copies)
Benefactor
$100 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
This is limited by its very nature.  Benefactors will recieve signed, numbered, first-run copies of every book (including art-books, compendiums, and other peripherals, as well as illustrated hard-covers when available) that I put out while they are benefactors.
Benefactor+
$120 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
All the perks up through Benefactor tier, plus you get access to downloadable PDFs of Acts 1 & 2 of my current WIP as soon as they become available!  You can provide feedback that may affect the outcome of the final story!
Benefactor+Collaborator
$130 or more per month 0 of 3 patrons
You guessed it, all the things through Benefactor+, Aaaand . . . I will work with you to create a customized character within the series!  The world is vast, and the story broad, so I can fit someone new in somewhere, I guarantee. 
Benefactor+Dedication
$200 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
What's better than a signed, numbered copy?  When everyone who opens the book sees your name!  Or, if you want to give that as a gift . . .that works too.


This Benefactor+ package gives you everything through Benefactor+Collaborator AND:

I will put you (or someone you designate . . . I'll add the caviat of "within reason" because I am a natural smart-a**, so I know someone would try something) in the dedication of one of my books. AND:

You will recieve an additional signed, numbered copy of said book. (Either as a gift or collection piece, up to you).

Benefactor+Custom Request
$1,000 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
Benefactor+ with the added bonus of being able to comission a side-story (or possibly other work).  Obviously, more than one such benefactor at a time would be over-extending myself.


This package comes with ten (10) signed, numbered, first-run copies of the finished work.