Kev’s Author Interviews Presents…
I was born in Liverpool on 6 January 1969, a year best known of course for my birth. Well no actually it is better known for the moon landings which certain peculiar conspiracy theorists still maintain never took place (the moon landings that is, not my birth!).
On Saturdays my grandfather and I would invariably pop into W H Smiths and buy a book. Often he bought Enid Blighton books and I’ve happy memories of him reading to me about the adventures of Julian, Dick and Ann – not forgetting Timmy the Dog (who could!) It was from my grandfather that I derived my love of literature.
I attended school in Liverpool and later went on to read history and politics at university. Since 1994 I have lived and worked in London. I live in Crystal Palace. I’m lucky that my home overlooks a large garden and a historic park.
I began to write seriously in mid 2012. All of my writing takes place in my spare room surrounded by books. Being blind I use a standard laptop with Jaws (software which converts text into speech and braille allowing me to access my computer’s screen).
Kev: What is your latest book about?
My latest book: ‘Dalliance; a collection of poetry and prose’ explores the intimate connections between the natural world and humanity, while a number of pieces are of a humorous nature.
Kev: Who or what influenced you to write it?
As far back as I can remember poetry has been my passion. I have always wanted to write poetry and began doing so back in 2010/11. In order to share my work with a wider audience I compiled ‘Dalliance’, which draws many of my poems together with some of my short stories and essays.
Kev: Did you do any specialised research for your story?
I have doubtless been influenced by other poets. However, any such influence is at an unconscious level, and I have not undertaken specialised research for ‘Dalliance’.
Kev: What challenges did you face while writing the story?
Balancing my full-time job and friendships with the need to write.
Kev: Could you provide a short passage from your book to give us a taster?
‘In this world where nothing really exists, I kiss your cold, dead lips.
Meaningless dalliance in this land of the dead, no words spoken, there is nothing to be said.
Emotions stifled, frozen in ice, held in death’s stone grip.’
Kev: Favourite author’s book… What lured you to it?
I have several favourite books, one of which is ‘Wuthering Heights’. I love Bronte’s descriptions of the dark and brooding Heathcliff, which are perfectly complimented by the sometimes sinister and dark moors. ‘Wuthering Heights’ is a wonderfully atmospheric work of fiction.
Kev: When you write, do write off-the-cuff or do you use some kind of formula?
In general I write off-the-cuff. Ideas come to me and find their way onto the blank page.
Kev: How do you deal with writers-block?
Fortunately, I don’t often suffer from writers-block. On those rare occasions when it does strike, I do something which takes me away from writing, for example go for a walk or listen to music.
Kev: Preference for writing: Day or Night? Most of my writing takes place during the day, due to me being more mentally alert during daylight hours.
Kev: What is your process for editing your work?
I read through my manuscript. A friend then reads my manuscript out loud and I make amendments before publishing.
Kev: How do you come up with your book covers?
Most of my book covers have been chosen from those freely available in the Kindle store. I choose an image which I feel fits the book.
Kev: Do you think the book cover is important?
Yes, because it is often what first attracts the reader to a book. It can make the difference between a potential reader buying or not purchasing a book.
Kev: Which publishing platform do you prefer and why?
I use Amazon Kindle as publishing is straightforward. Additionally KDP Select enables me to promote my books free for up to 5 days in any 90 day period.
Kev: Do you face any daunting obstacles during the publishing process?
Kev: What methods do you use to promote your work?
My blog (newauthoronline.com), KDP Select, and Twitter.
Kev: Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t become disheartened. Believe in yourself and keep writing.
Kev: Which social media platforms do you use the most?
Kev: Do you have a blog or dedicated website for your books?
Kev: Is there anything else you would like to add?
For reviews of my books please visit the below web pages or go to: http://newauthoronline.com/reviews-of-my-books/ For my Amazon author page please go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/K.-Morris/e/B00CEECWHY for the UK or http://www.amazon.com/K.-Morris/e/B00CEECWHY for the US.
My other published works are:
The Suspect: Tales of the unexpected, ranging from stories of crime and vengeance through to ghostly happenings in an ancient mansion.
For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Suspect-other-tales-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or http://www.amazon.com/Suspect-other-tales-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00PKPTQ0U/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 for the US
Samantha: Samantha tells a story of a young girl forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool. Can Sam’s love for Peter, a man she meets in a nightclub, save her? Or will Sam end her life in the murky waters of Liverpool’s Albert Dock?
For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samantha-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI or http://www.amazon.com/Samantha-K-Morris-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI for the US
An Act of Mercy: A collection of dark and intriguing tales encompassing blackmail, murder and sex.
For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/act-mercy-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00EHS74CS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or http://www.amazon.com/act-mercy-other-stories-ebook/dp/B00EHS74CS/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 for the US
Streetwalker: In this collection of flash fiction we meet a variety of characters, many of whom have been deeply damaged by life. The stories range from a young prostitute who walks the dangerous streets of London to tales of vengeance and comeuppance. Serious issues of abuse of power are touched upon. Anyone who is looking for a comfortable read should avoid this book.
For the UK please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Street-Walker-other-stories-Morris-ebook/dp/B00HLRNDP4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 or http://www.amazon.com/Street-Walker-other-stories-Morris-ebook/dp/B00HLRNDP4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 for the US
Kevin Morris, Everyone!