Interview with Anthony Morgan-Clark

What are your five favorite books, and why?
1984 - a powerful novel and increasingly relevant. Who's watching you? Who controls the media you consume? Of course, 'Fahrenheit' 451 goes hand-in-hand with this, as does 'Brave New World'.
Of Mice And Men - it describes perfectly the plight of the working poor of the time, but still resonates today.
Three To See The King - it's the perfect modern fable. It asks who you follow and why; and asks why you can't be content the way you are.
Song of Ice and Fire series - it has intricate plotting, excellent characters and is always surprising.
A fifth novel? I don't know... there are so many from my childhood that I could choose: the fantasy world of CS Lewis, perhaps; or the often brutal punishments meted out by Roald Dahl to his characters; maybe 'The Ghost of Thomas Kempe'. Or, moving back to my adulthood, Neil Gaiman's 'Neverwhere'. Or what about a graphic novel? Gaiman's 'Sandman' series is rightly regarded as a classic for its multi-layered, labyrinthine narrative. 'Watchmen' is also a work of great art with great characters and plotting. Of course, I seem to have overlooked my sci-fi influences here. '2001: a Space Odyssey'; 'The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy'... I could go on; but I won't. But I will mention 'American Pyscho' as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. It was the best one available at the time my wife bought it as a gift for me, and I wouldn't be without it.
Describe your desk
Ha! I work from home, so sometimes my desk is a old oak headmaster's desk in the spare room. Sometimes it's the kitchen table (most nights in fact, after the kids have gone to bed). Sometimes it's the coffee table in the living room; that's my least favourite as it's too low. I like the kitchen table best of all.
When did you first start writing?
During comprehensive school. I always have kept notes, the beginnings of novels, ideas for novels; scrapbooks of whatever was running through my mind at the time of writing. I submitted my first manuscript at 23 or 24; the rejection letter was reassuring. All the issues the publisher had with the manuscript were things I wasn't 100% happy with, which told me I at least had some idea of what I was doing (can I add 'On Writing' by Stephen King to my list of favourite books? Cheers). I've still got it on disc somewhere.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Impatience and practicality! My first books were shorter workbooks designed to guide the practice of children's home managers. I knew there wasn't a huge market for those so I published to Kindle, long before I'd heard of Smashwords. After that I decided to keep going - I don't have the patience to write, submit, await feedback, submit again, await feedback, etc etc etc. I'd rather publish and promote my work myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
What's success? I always wanted to be published, regardless of the medium. Smashwords (and Kindle) allowed that. So I was successful the moment I published. Then I changed my definition of success to 'writing and publishing fiction', which I am in the process of achieving. I guess once I've published my fiction the next definition of success will be 'make some cash from it'; then, 'write for a living full time'. So I'm only ever intermittently successful - once I've achieved a goal I move on to the next one.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just the act of getting my ideas down on paper (or screen) in a way that allows others into my world. You're all welcome!
What are you working on next?
A semiautobiographical novel based upon my experiences working in and managing children's homes, titled 'Longhope'. Those outside of the industry have no idea what goes on in childcare companies, and I want to help expose the industry. I'm also working on a short fiction collection, 'Reformed'.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly with my wife and my two children, aged two and five. Not a day goes by without either or both - usually both - saying or doing something to crack me up, or to surprise me. My two year old is going through a phase of asking 'why?' to everything -including the answers you give to 'why?'. It's healthy and something I'll encourage. When people ask 'Why?' to everything, repeatedly, it really brings home to you how much you really don't know, and how much you just accept as fact.
Other than that I enjoy reading (surprise!) and martial arts. I play guitar and love listening to music. I also love learning new skills. I'm trying to learn HTML coding at the moment, though it's a struggle to make the time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many different authors. George Orwell, Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Arthur C Clarke, Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Frank Miller (can I include authors of graphic novels? Of course I can, it's my interview!), Douglas Adams, George RR Martin, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Roald Dahl, Clive Barker...
Published 2014-12-06.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

The Soul Bazaar
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 41,050. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Horror » General
Eight short horror stories sure to keep you awake at night. Is death the end? What does death mean for us, anyway? In each of these stories the author takes you on an exploration of death and rebirth. Includes the competition-winning Wake, and an introduction by the author.
The Tor
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 139,670. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
"Extremely spooky" Another man kidnapped. Another boy missing. One man who will become more than human. One man pushed to the brink of suicide. The Tor. For centuries it has stood over the village of Batsford. A dark force lies within, shaping the lives of every villager.. and taking those it wants for its own purpose. Magic. Intrigue. Deception. Everything you’d want from classic British horror.
Reformed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,040. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In a world where nothing is as it seems, where you can’t rely even on your senses, how do you know what is real? In this collection of short stories set in the near future you will be called upon to question the very nature of existence. What is reality? What does it mean to live? Can you be certain that those things you perceive, what you hear and see and feel, exist? Whose reality are you in?
CV Boot-Camp! Essential Tips To Create A Modern Standout CV
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 15,420. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Careers, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
The second title in the 'Essential Boot-camp Series', 'Essential Tips To Create A Modern Standout CV' takes the familiar no-nonsense approach from 'Emarketing Boot-camp' and applies it to CV writing. The tips in this ebook will make the process of writing your CV straightforward, and increase your chances of getting the right interviews - the rest is up to you!
E-marketing Boot-Camp! 27 Essential Tips Every Small Business Owner Should Know.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,080. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » E-commerce / internet marketing
The first in the 'essential boot-camp series', '27 essential tips...' is your essential guide to getting e-marketing savvy in a month. Like all my 'essential boot-camp series' books, the focus is on giving you one actionable tip per chapter that you can use with immediate effect.