About the Author : Biography of Alva Harris
Alva’s life has been a joust with the status quo. He claims that it will have been too short to learn all he’d like to know; yet, it is hard for most of us to believe all these adventures about which he has written could happen in one lifetime! Even now at 83 and wrestling with Parkinson’s disease, he focuses on the refinement and promotion of his updated adventurer’s tale, Buzzard’s Myth (previously entitled Born on a Buzzard’s Stump).
Born and raised in the wetlands of coastal North Carolina, Alva learned the skills of fishing, trapping, and hunting; taxidermy; collecting biological specimens; and farming — all before finishing high school. In between these endeavors, he scoured the libraries for books of nature and adventure: his literary heroes Jack London, Robert Service, James Fennimore Cooper, Zane Gray, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Robert Louis Stevenson. The adventurers and life decisions that followed, including a doctorate education in wildlife management from NC State and a professorship at Nicholls State University, culminated in this remarkably entertaining novel. Covering seven decades, the cultural, historical, and ecological significance of this literature cannot be overstated.
Part of his youthful adventures included time in Alaska (and several trips across the country), where he worked in the gold mines, skippered a salmon trawler, and served in the Coast Guard. boys.
His time as a college professor in Thibadeaux, LA, lasted twenty-five years, where he also served as a marine researcher, oilfield consultant, commercial fisherman, and oilfield trucker. In 1990, he returned home to North Carolina where he continued commercial fishing.
Writing jumped on Alva without warning as something he must do in order to make sense of his existence. After years of recording his life experiences, then grappling with the limitations of Parkinson’s in his late 70s, he was motivated by the life story of Michael J. Fox to finish what he’d started and publish his historical memoir. He refined the story several times, searched for proper representation of his work, and now, at 83 in New Bern, NC, finds much satisfaction in the fact that so many readers are reliving and enjoying his storytelling through Buzzard’s Myth.