|Author Interview Form
|Tell us your name and where you’re from.:
|I’m Stan Morris and I live on a farm on the island of
|What led to your decision to become an author?:
|While I have enjoyed writing as long as I can remember, I
decided to become an author in 2008. I wrote Surviving the Fog and
sent the manuscript to the Library of Congress so it would be
copyrighted. I planned to send the manuscript to Baen Books and to
Tor Books, but I got impatient and published it to the net, instead.
Later, I discovered Manybooks, Feedbooks, and Smashwords. This was
before Amazon created Kindle Digital Publishing.
|Tell us about what you’re currently working on, and
what you’ve written in the past.:
|I am working on several projects, but I have not settled on
one. My books include Surviving the Fog, Surviving the Fog-Kathy’s
Recollections, Sarah’s Spaceship Adventure, The Colors of Passion and
Love, Sam’s Winnings, Kate’s Movie Star, Amy’s Hero, and What’s In My
Shorts. I have a short story in the Wyrd Worlds I anthology.
|What are some of your strongest points as a writer,
and what if anything are you constantly working to improve upon?:
|I am a good story teller. I’m working to improve the way I
include information in my books about what the characters are sensing,
for example the smells around them.
|Are you self published, traditionally published or
both? Why did you choose to go that route?:
|I am self published, because it was quicker and easier. I
have been a tech person for a long time.
|What format are your books available in? Which of
these formats do you prefer and why?:
|My books are available at Smashwords.com, so they are
available in almost every format ever developed. I really don’t have
a preference, but I don’t like to read in PDF format.
|How do you go about marketing your books?:
|I have purchased ads through Google and through some book
websites, but engaging on social media sites like Goodreads is one of
the best methods of marketing.
|Have you ever had to deal with harsh criticism in a
review, and how do you handle it?:
|Yes, some reviewers have said some harsh things. If they are
related to the mechanics of the book, I use those criticisms to
improve the book. If the comment is personal, I ignore it.
|What are your favorite genres to both read and
|I like to write science fiction stories, but I have written a
fantasy with light magic.
|What authors have influenced or inspired you?:
|Some of those are Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Pamela
Morisi, Jayne Ann Krentz, Mary Stewart, Lindsey Davis, and Spider
|What kinds of things do you enjoy doing when you’re
|I like to garden, listen to music, and watch sports. Lot of
|What software do you use for your writing? Did you
try others before you settled on the one you’re currently using?:
|I’m using Microsoft Word 10. I’ve checked into others, but I
always come back to Word. It’s easier for me.
|What is it that you like about the software you’re
currently using that makes it the best solution for you?:
|Both Smashwords and Kindle Digital Publishing use Word. That
makes the conversions easy.
|What’s the best advice you could possibly give to
your fellow authors?:
|Always have more than one writing project in progress, so if
you don’t feel like working on one, you can switch to another.
|Where can people find out more about you and your
|My author pages:
Also, for a look at some of my short stories and stuff I’m working