For many expats who retire to Costa Rica, writing becomes their new hobby and, in many cases, a job.
Santa Ana resident George Pritchard Harris, 61, is using his experience growing up in the turmoil of the 60s for a fictional series.
He has just completed his first book “For Whom the Book Tells,” the first of four installments of the “Four Fathers” series.
The novel follows four characters as they travel around the United States in the late 1960s while they try to negotiate the social changes and cultural battles that the period is famous for. Harris settled in Costa Rica six years ago, after a long and stressful career in law, bouncing around from his home state of Illinois to Nevada and California.
“I was spending four-and-a-half hours a day in my car,” he said about his former career.
He retired and came to Costa Rica to visit six years ago, but it did not take long for him to decide to stay permanently. He added that he would have been here for 30 years had he visited the country earlier.
“Costa Rica’s a great place to be in nature with your brain off,” he said.
He started writing a year ago after a friend suggested it and has now published one novel, close to finishing a second and about to move from outlining to writing a third.
Life experience especially in his youth played a great role in the novel for Harris, who said that even the setting is as important as the characters. The starting point and home of the main characters is in the area where Harris grew up.
“The central character is the town of Barrington, Illinois,” he said.
Harris described the suburban village on the northwest side of Chicago as a powerful, upper-middle class neighborhood with lots of influential connections. Even though the novel is inspired from his own experiences of events and people, he said that it is completely fictional.
The novel is available in digital format only. It costs $11.49 on Amazon.com. It is available HERE!