Interview with Morgan Stone

When did you first start writing?
I was writing before I could read.

I rendered my first masterpiece, all over a Jaguar's white leather backseat... with indelible marker.

It was met with loud critical acclaim.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A lack of motivation...
* to land a publisher
* impress an agent
* face rejection

But, TA-DA! This is the Internet age. We can have all and have it now.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Who doesn't? And impact? sure, it had an impact; I'm a vegetarian to this day and I still can't forgive the author for killing off that Charlotte character...

This is a touchy topic, I'm choking up here, can we move on to the next question?
How do you approach cover design?
Easy: I hire someone.

Then I make them crazy, asking for changes that, from the sounds of it, you'd think undermine the designer's very worth as a human being.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Okay, okay, I admit it. I rely on the media - social or otherwise, the NYT bestseller list, etc. Of course, I buy the latest e-offerings from writers I know won't let me down.

And... On dark and stormy nights, when nobody's looking, I've been known to skulk through the Smashwords database looking for free fiction greater than 50,000 words. Not come-on crap for planned epic fantasy series or religious spew, but something real, something the writer had to dig so deep for it hurts. I like writers who are new, paying their dues, putting it on the line, and taking risks.

Hey, sometimes, I want to be surprised.
Why isn't the answer - above - funny?
I'm not always funny. Sometimes I'm deep, meaningful and poignant... yeah, right.
Who are your favorite authors?
Who cares?

Let's see a show of hands for anyone who really wants to know what my answer might be if it doesn't include them.

You're probably still reading this because I'm touching a nerve or two, making you laugh nervously, expressing some of your own frustration and angst and NOT because you want to know my favorite color, my most touching moments, or bestest most delicious dessert.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A pathological addiction to caffeine.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't really like books.

They're heavy, take up a lot of space, and consume trees.

I like e-books: portable, light (low sodium, cholesterol free, zero calories, and approved vegan).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What's with the personal questions? I barely know you. At least buy me a drink.
What do your fans mean to you?
Air circulation.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh man, you just don't give up on the personal questions. By the way, I drink scotch, single malt, and it better not be the cheap stuff.
Published 2015-06-20.
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Books by This Author

How to Write a Synopsis that Gets Read
Price: Free! Words: 6,000. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A synopsis sounds like an easy task, but is it? Your finely crafted and agonized over work lies before you in all its literary splendor. Plots and subplots intertwine, descriptions take the reader into your rich universe. How on earth can one sacrifice any of that golden prose for the sake of a sketchy outline? This hilarious, no holds barred, but straight to the point essay, shows you just how.
The Russian Factor: Two Women, One Planet, Incredible Odds
Price: Free! Words: 101,230. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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After years of silence, the story can finally be told! Anna Keitel's protected status and ability to travel has - at last - been established. Both women are now relatively safe from Russia and their pursuers. It makes telling this particular story possible. Writing as Jess Ducat, Morgan Stone brings you the story of their year-long, 26,000 km, struggle for survival.
Losing It: Ten Easy Steps to Losing a Fortune on the Stock Market
Price: Free! Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Essay » Business, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Stock market investing
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Do you have money to burn? Are you over-taxed, bored or self-destructive? Looking for a way to wipe out your savings and lower your standard of living as conventionally understood by today's happening urbanite? Then this is the e-book for you!