Interview with Clayh Morhen

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the earliest books I read were Roald Dahl children's book and Fairy tale books; Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Snow White, mostly those kind of books. I was really young back then and still in Primary school. I wasn't yet hit with the desire to write back then but I did like to somewhat read, not really a lot but still a nice amount for child at that age.
Who are your favorite authors?
Before I came across Wattpad, my favourite authors were LJ Smith, Stephenie Meyer, Richelle Mead and many more Fantasy genre authors out there.

Once I joined Wattpad, I became a fan of new aspiring authors; Latoya Love, Inu Mike, Immlaaarr, Holly MD, Niamh Murphy, Jess Skywalker, Amylias Ocean and many more.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I mostly ask around. Most of the writers I find on Wattpad are also on ebook sites and they have favourites of their own so I go and see these favourites. You learn to find new good reads with recommendations from others.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
For eBooks I download and buy, I use Kindle, smashwords, Lulu and ibook. I also have the wattpad app to read wattpad books, the app is definitely great. I use my Ipad to read, it's a good size, medium and easy for travel.
When did you first start writing?
I was in Primary school when I first started writing a story. It was pretty much a child's story, nothing well written though. It was just something to do instead of drawing with crayons. The first thing I ever wrote properly though was in Secondary school. It was an assignment of a short story/one-shot for Literature writing. Funny enough, I didn't even keep a copy of it, I wasn't at the point where I wanted to write as a hobby.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not even remotely close. I think it may have been something about magic. I used to watch a lot cartoons and TV shows that were fantasy based like Charmed, Winx Club, W.I.T.C.H, Batman, Spiderman and other things so I know it was something fantasy based but I can't remember for the life of me what it could have been. I was pretty young back then so it too long ago to remember.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to make a story that I wish someone would have already written. Having it completed so I can come back and read it myself. The fact that other people out there would consider reading my books also gives me great joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
In all honesty, my fans mean a lot to me. I never would have thought of it before. When i first wrote something on Wattpad, I only did it to take my mind off other authors on Wattpad because I was waiting for updates on their new chapters. Wattpad had an app on their site where you could write and save what you wanted so I decided to use that since I was constantly on their site. It was only after I posted my chapters of my first ever book on Wattpad that I had received comments of encouragement and that really boosted my need to write. I even started thinking of writing new books. So yes, my fans mean quite a lot to me, they give me the encouragement I need to get out of any writers block I may be in.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hah! That's quite funny actually. I've recently for the past few months wake up late between 12 to 3PM in the afternoon. I'm on break from school so I've been in a lazy mood for awhile now. I wake up mostly to quench my hunger for food and either get ready to do a few sketches for the day or watch my all time favourite TV shows, not quite productive for a days worth if I do say so myself. It could be the cold weather or maybe the early rising sun that keeps me asleep. I've never been been fond of the sun so I have my curtains closed 24/7 in my room, that's also another reason why I can never figure out what time it is while I'm asleep since I keep my room darkened at all times. It's very relaxing though.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I either watch anime episodes, TV shows or movies to pass the time and if I feel productive, I sketch anything that comes to mind or do figure sketches if nothing comes to me. Although, If I'm lucky I'll find something nice to read rather than write. Sometimes reading can be very inspiring and good for writers block.
What is the most common genre we'll see you write about?
Lesbian/Gay genre. There are hundreds and thousands of writers out there that will mostly involve heterosexual relations in their book one way or another so I've decided to stick with lesbian/gay relations in my books. The world is revolving and people are accepting a lot of different cultures and such, so I think writing more lesbian/gay genres will help us catch up with other genres out there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My Latest book as of now is Falling for Trouble, a Novella (short story). It revolves around a well known trouble maker and a quite innocent cheerleader. While I've finished my first completed book White as Snow, I've been very busy with constant editing so I wanted to write something short and fun to read to take my mind off things.
Describe your desk
Small, but that doesn't really bother me. I don't really require that much space to begin with. All I need is my PC screen, keyboard, mouse and graphic tablet, which I can fit all of these things on my small desk. I don't really see the need to getting a large desk now when I don't really need one at the moment. My small desk already works for me for what I need so I'm happy with that. Use to your advantage with what you already have, no point in getting something that doesn't make a difference with what you had before.
What is your writing process?
I don't recommend my writing process to others, it's not exactly an effective method to get a writing piece completed or to a good standard.

I mostly get random thoughts in my mind that are from things I've read and watched, they always seem to spiral and just merge together. Once I get the time to open up my Microsoft word document, I go straight to the writing, not even planning and I just write. I improvise and wing my way through. If I come up with a character I'll just open up another document and jot down the name while I'm still writing. Once I get the chapter written up, I re-read it to see if I've made any errors and then comes the publish button.

As you can tell this is a horrible way to write, it may very well be the reason my uncompleted books are still on hold. What I do recommend is planning:

• Think of a story and write it down as a summary.
• Use that summary and decide how you want to split up your chapters; start, middle and end. Make summaries for each chapters.
• And then you can start writing a full chapter based on the summary you've written.
• What you want for the actual story summary is something that doesn't tell us the ending of the story, but does tell us what kind of action we'll be expecting. Remember no spoilers.

I'll actually be using this method once I start up with the writing again and I would recommend for anyone else to use this method too if they don't yet have their own method. This method is great for stopping writers block, you can't get writers block if you've already got the story planned out.
How do you approach cover design?
For a good book cover you need a good story summary. That's how you get the idea for a cover, it's based on the summary. If your summary isn't written well, you wont be able to build on what the cover should show you. The cover needs to show some sort of similarity to the story summary. That's what makes a good cover. Having a book cover that is completely irrelevant to the book is not something you want, it ends up being confusing and wont give the effect you want to the reader.

If you want an amazing cover make sure your story summary is strong and effective, it will work in your favour.
Do you make your own books covers?
Sometimes. Making a good cover is hard work and what you'll really need is a good book summary to make an effective cover. I try to write up good summaries when it comes to my books but I'll be honest, not all the summaries I've written are that good (I'll go back sometime in the future and re-write them). For the books that I think have a strong enough summary, I take on the role to make the cover myself, but when I come across one of my books that I didn't really put that much effort in the summary, I end up getting someone else to make it for me, or I get them to look for images for me so I can take care of the rest.
Published 2013-10-13.
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