Stan Morris

Biography

Retired, former computer tech, married, two grown children, now a grower of coffee, veggies, plumeria and other trees, and an incredible amount of weeds.
But mostly I read and watch sports.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the Los Angeles basin and I lived there until I was thirteen. This influenced my writing in several ways. It was a very conservative area, and I still have conservative views on some aspects of life. It was a multi-ethnic area, and this would prove to be an big influence later in life. And it was a place where a boy with a skateboard or a bike could travel a long way, due to the flatness of the basin. Independence came early to me, and this has also influenced my writing. My characters tend to be family oriented, but also very independent.
When I was thirteen, my family moved to northern California, west of the San Francisco Bay area. This was a much more liberal area, and it was where I became interested in the Civil Rights movement, and where I came of age during the Vietnam War. My independent nature thrived in this environment, and during my senior year in high school, I sometimes skipped school and rode the BART system to spend the day in Berkeley or in San Francisco.
When did you first start writing?
I must have been fourteen when I did my first serious writing. Serious for a fourteen year old boy, I mean. There was a new, cool TV show called Star Trek, and my first novel was a scifi that featured public teleportation booths that allowed people to travel between Earth and Mars. Zane Grey was a big influence for me, so my second novel was a western. Both books featured scantily clad girls in desperate need of a hero. Smith-Coronas had not been invented in those days and typewriters were very expensive, so I wrote those books in longhand cursive. The books have since been lost to posterity, much to the irritation of my wife and the private gratitude of me.
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Books

What's In My Shorts
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,390. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
An rich amphibian acquires a young servant from a planet with the unlikely name of Earth. A barbarian vows revenge on the young princess who scorned him. A boy, a dog, and an AK47. The captain of a spaceship watches a possible extinction event. Orange trees in Los Angeles, a tsunami, and how to use zombies. Remembering a trip to a hardware store and slaves on the Underground Railroad
Surviving the Fog-Kathy's Recollections
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Series: Surviving the Fog, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 201,890. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
I don’t recall, exactly, when I accepted the likelihood that my mother, and my father, and my sister, and my brother were dead. I remember gradually becoming alarmed when the Camp Administrator, who we called ‘the Admin,’ did not return with the counselors who had left with her. And the first time I cried was the morning when Jackie, the single remaining adult, would not leave her cabin.
The Colors of Passion and Love
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,620. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
(3.50 from 4 reviews)
"Destiny is nothing compared to love." Princess Elanoria Romand has a secret power. She can see the auras of the men around her. But around one special man, Magesty Yoll, Master of Arete, she can see a lot more than the standard twenty two colors. He is the man of her destiny, but he is also the son of her enemy. Betrayal is followed by exile, passion, and a meeting with a strange creature.
Sarah's Spaceship Adventure
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,810. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(3.00 from 1 review)
When Sarah sneaks out of her house to go joyriding on her boyfriend's space yacht, she expects to be back before dawn. But her boyfriend is not as swift as she had thought, and now Sarah is in trouble. Then a chance encounter with some space junk and with a young spacer sends Sarah off to the Hoop on the adventure of a lifetime.
Tales of the Ragoon, Amy's Hero
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Series: Tales of the Ragoon, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 38,660. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
When her father asks the alien Ragoon to help solve the problem of a daughter who is withdrawing from life, Amy Torelli finds herself living at the Merced Human Rehabilitation Center. Why is she there? Will Amy be able to make a life for herself? And why is she more comfortable around a big gray monster than with people of her own species? And who is Joe?
Tales of the Ragoon, Kate's Movie Star
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Series: Tales of the Ragoon, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,230. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
On Kate's night out, she had the bad luck to run into the Ragoon. Sixteen, no Comprehensive Personal License and no note from her owner. It's off to the Merced Human Rehabilitation Center for her. But an automobile accident and an absent minded father leads to a chance encounter with a famous movie star (he is famous in his own mind.) What's a girl to do? Sexual situations but no graphic stuff
Tales of the Ragoon, Sam's Winnings
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Series: Tales of the Ragoon, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 40,080. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2009. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
(4.00 from 1 review)
The mercantile Ragoon have rules. One of those rules is that property exchanges must be recorded. You'll get in trouble if you don't. But what if the property in question is your sister? And how will Sam's life change now that he owns the girl of his dreams? Read what happens when a joke bet turns into prison, exile and a new forced relationship.
Surviving the Fog
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Series: Surviving the Fog, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 109,180. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2009. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
(4.74 from 34 reviews)
Have you ever been to camp? What would you do if the adults left “for a few hours” and they had not returned a week later? What if your parents never showed up to take you home? What would you do if you realized that the area below was surrounded by a mysterious brown fog that was dangerous? How would you survive the winter? What would you eat? Warning-sexual situations, cursing, violence

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