Raleigh, North Carolina, native Floyd Harris became interested in writing as a little boy. Now in his forties, he followed the familiar budding writer's path of notebook-paper novels and junior-high journalism to covering the Raleigh rock scene for a couple underground newspapers.
Returning to college after a dropout career as a stock clerk (among others), he took an introduction to theater course at North Carolina State University. Holding three jobs, he had no free time for the courses' required lab hours, so instead of painting scenery and sewing costumes, he wrote a one-act play. His professor praised the play and encouraged him to produce it. With a$400 budget, he directed the second play he’d ever been involved with. But the theater bug had firmly bit, and Floyd completed his undergraduate degree in communications while acting, writing, directing, and doing backstage work at North Carolina State University and other Raleigh community and semiprofessional theatres. He also studied fiction writing with noted author Lee Smith.
After his graduation, Floyd continued to write and work backstage in the Raleigh area. "Local Talent," a full-length play, won third place in the 1989 Thompson Theatre Southeast Playwriting Award and "The One Act" was a finalist in the 1991 Wachovia/NC Writers Network Award. He also produced and directed "Love 101" at Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park.
Floyd graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Warren Wilson College in 1993. He has published a handful of short stories and articles in small publications. He has also taught writing at Duke University’s Creative Writers Workshop and at Voices: A Creative Community, which introduces writing to people living in homeless shelters.
Floyd moved to the Wilmington area in 1994, where he worked as a writer, editor, movie extra, tutor, teacher, and librarian. He met Connie Nelson while working as a writer and critic for Reel Carolina Journal of Film and Video. He was an extra in the TV film Truman Capote's One Christmas, where he shot a scene with Henry Winkler and Swoozie Kurtz. To support and complement his writing career, Floyd worked at the D. H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University and at the Pender County Public Library.
Floyd continued his friendship with Connie after their days at Reel Carolina. One day at lunch, she shared the idea for the Film Junkie’s Guide to North Carolina with him. While researching and writing the book, he worked on a short novel inspired by his experience. His work has been published in Golf Journal, Windhover, Rocket Literary Quarterly, and Asylum Arts Annual. Floyd lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.