Interview with Max Morgan

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
A medium-sized town in the Northeast. I can't say that it has had any effect upon my writing. Nothing I write about specifically concerns anything about such towns. Nor do I avoid such things because of a negative influence. So, it's neutral.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing it. It's darn hard work! Still, I must get some kind of pleasure out of it or I wouldn't do it. Maybe it's the control. It's the closest one can get to creating his own universe, even if it's only imaginary.
Describe your desk
Neat and tidy. I'm one of those types (Felix of "The Odd Couple"). It is a rather large one with lots of drawers and surface area.
What is your writing process?
Most of my ideas come from movies. I might get interested in minor characters and think they have an interesting story to tell. Perhaps the villain in one movie would make for a good hero in another story. Farmlanders was very much inspired by "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" in an odd way. If I have trouble getting started, I'll begin by writing the second or third chapter. It's easier for me to put put words on "paper" when the action is underway. Then somewhere along the line the solution for chapter one presents itself. But the movie influence is key for while writing I imagine I'm watching a movie and simply writing a description of what's going on.
What are you working on next?
I just published a sort of political action thriller. Now I'm in the final stages of preparing a philosophy work for publication. Lest anyone think I write very fast, some of these things have been just sitting around here for a long time. The philosophy work is just that--nonfiction, academic philosophy, the kind which appeals to maybe...what...ten or fifteen people on the planet. Actually, it's really an intellectual diary and it will probably make any reader sorry for me that I spend my time worrying about such stuff. But it was fun.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I remember from childhood was "David Copperfield." At the time, I imagined myself being in David's shoes and felt awful. Later in the novel, when his prospects brightened, I wanted to be there with him. The novel put me in a different time and place, leaving me with a feeling that I could create different circumstances for myself in a profound way. That feeling never left.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Apart from work? I hide in the woods. Take long hikes. I'm what some psychologists who study normal people refer to as idiosyncratic/solitaries. No, that's not a disease. But I also do like art galleries and antique shops. Oh, and I read things.
How do you approach cover design?
I guess pretty much like most authors. I try to come up with a theme that captures the book's contents and then imagine an image which fits the theme. For example, my novel Farmlanders is about a group of simple-living folks who just happen to think this is their planet. So the cover art had a few Amish-looking people looking out over a wheat field at a modern cityscape. The tag line says "Everything is Theirs." That means everything: city, field, and us.

The Network Trilogy is a group of the rich and powerful implementing a top-down revolution. Their mindset is more Roman Imperial than twenty-first century democratic. In this case the cover shows a huge statue of Caesar Augustus dominating a modern high-rise cityscape. That tagline is "Ancient Mores for a Modern Age."

But, as I stated, most authors probably go through some sort of similar exercise. Sometimes it's easier said than done.
Published 2013-11-16.
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Books by This Author

Kyrie Eleison
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 22,820. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Fred, a man of Faith, learns there's no hierarchy among the gods and they don't all play by the same rules. If he doesn't work things out the right way, he might be damned no matter which god he pleases. The title of the work, taken from a prayer to the Lord, presents a problem if one isn't certain which "Lord" is listening.
Alpha
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 218,560. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology
An exploration in the philosophy of mind, Alpha considers what it takes to be a mind. Might there be different types and, if so, what kinds of worlds do they "create?" What can minds do; what can't they? The work further considers the epistemological implications of all this in areas of scientific endeavor. A fall-out from all this is a question of the future of minds as we know them.
The Network Trilogy
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 217,330. Language: American English. Published: November 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The Network Trilogy explores the lives of three protagonists who shape a worldwide revolution from the top down. Fortunately for many, it is not this world but a similar one far removed from here. More of a psychological study, it investigates the motivations and mores of a group which prefers a more ancient way of doing things in what most would consider a contemporary high-tech society.
Farmlanders
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 87,030. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Physician John Harley discovers that another simian species has evolved alongside human kind. Even more, they actually control the planet. As he navigates between these two worlds he finds himself undergoing a psychological evolution and must commit to one or the other.