Interview with J.W. Morgan

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of material including biographies, classic mysteries (Conan Doyle, Chandler, Hammett), WWII novels, books about aircraft and those who flew them, and modern mysteries such as Robert B. Parker, Carl Hiassen and Craig Johnson.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an Android Pad made by ASUS (sorry, Apple).
Describe your desk
I have a teak writing desk with a weave top under glass. It's small, but serviceable... more like a cockpit than an aircraft carrier. The only problem is banging my knees in the small chair space.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Tacoma Washington where most of the musical stories in the books actually happened as I was both a full- and part-time rock and blues musician playing piano and Hammond organ. I guess the biggest influence included the variety of people I was exposed to during this time - some deep thinkers, some quirky, some kind, talented or warm, and a few you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley. All have and will manage to emerge in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Wow, that's a tough one. I wrote an essay in about 8th grade describing the face of one of my uncles that received the big red A+ on the top and some pretty encouraging prose underneath the grade. I moved on to songs to play in the various bands I was a part of. I had many false starts on novels until the first lines of chapter 1 of Deadhead flowed out of my head and onto the computer screen.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A friend dies in Hawaii of a shark attack while surfing, and the characters travel to the 50th state for the celebration of her life. But things aren't so simple, and suspicion begins to mount regarding the so-called accidental death of the environmental activist marine biologist. When other deaths occur, Sam Parker is drawn into the mystery and becomes obsessed with finding the killer. Hawaii's biggest island serves as the backdrop, exposing both the enchantment and danger of the tropical island.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Originally, it was on my bucket list as a goal when I created it in 1983. But knowing how hard it is to break into music as a career, I figured that the indie route was for me, so my writing could be exposed and available.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new to Smashwords, so it's a little soon to tell, but the reputation and presentation is terrific and I have a great feeling about my involvement with Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The process. I let the stories tell themselves, so I'm not a method writer with sticky notes everywhere. I'm just interested in what will happen next, and that's what keeps me motivated.
What do your fans mean to you?
Any feedback I've had - good or not so good - keeps me motivated. Fans? I guess these are the people that have written reviews or told me that they enjoyed what I've written. Since I'm not mass marketed, these people mean everything, and while I write what I like, my goal is to give any reader enjoyment or escape, and I hope to continue to keep that attitude in the forefront.
What are you working on next?
I've completed my second novel, a sequel entitled "Handyman." Right now, I'm doing a sanity check before I decide on a pre-publish review and tightening the bolts on the story before deciding which route to go with it. Of course, I plan to offer it as a Smashwords ebook, so stay tuned.
Published 2014-03-03.
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Books by This Author

Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,370. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
In Deadhead, a former forensic microbiologist comes out of retirement when the otherwise quiet Northwestern coastal town of Pacific Cove suddenly experiences a missing person and leads to theft, deceit and gruesome death. Parker is propelled into a labyrinth of misdirection and deceit in an attempt to uncover the truth. For the residents of Pacific Cove it's a summer that they will never forget.