Harvey Butaleon Degree Sr.

It is FOR and ABOUT authors. Here we shine the light on authors who we’ve read, reviewed and recommend to others. In this edition we are shining our light on another gifted author...

Harvey Butaleon Degree Sr., a native of North Carolina, wrote articles and poetry as a member of his high school’s yearbook staff and newspaper. He enlisted in the Navy and served duty in Adak, Alaska; Jacksonville where he wrote articles for the Adak Call newspaper. Harvey wrote his first book, “The Pedestal,” in 1995 after successfully writing and performing in three plays for his church. He followed that up with his second novel, “Lone Assumption.”

Harvey is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Bachelor of Computer Science degree, Visual Communication and Graphic Design. He also received a Certificate of Recognition from the Cleveland County Board of Commissioners for his volunteer work within the community. Harvey has a wide range of interest that include playing drums, writing novels, writing and recording song lyrics, reading, building web sites, and working on computers.


What is the most dangerous thing you have done? Dangle my legs out the cargo door of a Navy helicopter when I was stationed aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Forrestal CV-59. We were high above the Atlantic Ocean and I was safely harnessed to a long cord secured to the wall of the copter. It was exciting.

Pepsi or Coke? Coke when I drink sodas. Now I only drink Kangen water with Crystal Lite flavoring.

What, in today's society, do you feel should be free but is not? I feel the Internet should be free because Paul Baran, who helped create it, built it to be so. Commercial minds took over and now we pay for it.

I never leave home without: I never leave home without my organizer. It has my credit cards, business cards, to-do list, spare cash, and a copy of my DD-214.

Do you have any allergies? I am allergic to hard work.

You'd be surprised to know that I can't: Do the Electric Slide even though I have won first place in two dance contests. I can’t follow instructions, I prefer free styling.

Who do you think you are most like in your family? I’m most like my Uncle Aqeel El-Amin. I’m an independent thinker, Navy veteran and writer, and so is Uncle Aqeel.

What color best describes you or stands for your personality? I love wearing black because it’s a moody color and an open canvass to creative expression.

What is the ideal comfort food? A good German Chocolate cake is my comfort food.

What is more important than a good night's sleep? When I hit a golden vein and the nuggets of good writing flow, I bleed it dry.

What’s next for Harvey? Currently he is working on his next book, a science fiction novel I titled “Vengeance,” and a play.


“Harvey Butaleon Degree, Sr.'s descriptions made me feel as if I was right there as everything happened or like I was watching a movie. Although it started out slow, it picked up and finished strong.” - OOSA


"The story line flows nicely and had enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and flipping the pages for more.” - OOSA

“This author has put together such a great suspense story that captured my attention from the first paragraph until the final word. The ending was such a surprise that it lead me to reread the book thinking that I missed something. The author relates the relationships between male/female, have/have not, educated/not so educated in such a realistic way. I have referred the book to several co-workers and friends.” - Margie

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