Interview with Andy Morris

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hmm, I've got to say the thing that inspires my to get out of bed each morning is probably my wife's elbow, followed by her request for a cup of tea.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There are so many things to do and not enough time to do them in. I love playing in the garden or watching funny YouTube video's with the kids.
I'm also a keen runner. We live near the New Forest in the UK and there are so many great places to escape to right on the doorstep. Sadly, I'm not able to run as much as I'd like because of my back problems.
Reading is another passion. I'm a frequent visitor to our local library. Writing eBooks is fun but they'll never replace real books.
Finally, I quite enjoy cooking. I love tex-mex food, with plenty of chillies.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I'm sure it was something to do with Star Wars. One of my earliest memories is of my queuing up to see my teacher, Mrs Connors. at Hallam First School to ask her how to spell Millennium Falcon!
What is your writing process?
For the best results I've got to be alone. Ideally, be the only one in the house and I need silence. There's got to be total and utter silence. If I can hear people talking or moving about I loose my concentration and slip out of whichever imaginary world I'm peeping into.
I also like to wear a hoodie with the hood pulled right up to shut out everything around me. Bliss!
How do you approach cover design?
I love it. I have a feel for the book and when I look through possible images I focus for ones that evoke a similar feeling to the feel of the book I've got.
When I've chosen a design that's it, I never change my mind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh wow, what an interesting question.
This is in no particular order:
A few years ago I read The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck and I loved it. I read it in just a few sittings. It really spoke to me and I was 'wowed' on every page. Then I read it again a few years later and sadly it I found it a bit naff then. There must have been something significant going on in my life when I first read, but it had such a strong impact on me at the time I've got to put it down as one of my top five.

Konrad by David Ferring. It's as Warhammer book (if you're not familiar with the world of Warhammer google it now - it's awesome).
Anyway, Konrad was the first and best of the Warhammer books I read. It's full of amazing creatures and gory fight scenes. Konrad has a huge sense of freedom, he goes where he wants, does what he wants and it totally free. Yet paradoxically he is being manipulated by the forces of chaos and he's just following some pre-determined plan. It's a great story; superb characters, intriguing mysteries and vivid landscapes that really take you into the heart of the Old World.

I've also got to mention the Necroscope series by Brian Lumbly. This series blew me away when I first read it. I can't remember off the top of my head how many books there are altogether including the spin-offs, but I've read the original Necroscope books dozens of times and I'll never get tired of them. Vampires, the undead, secret agents that have psychic powers. The series redefines the vampire and werewolf legends so completely that I can't read a book or watch a film about these monsters without feeling that they're totally inadequate. Brian Lumbly has spoiled us rotten so we can't enjoy this genre by anyone else. Damn you Brian Lumbly [written with energetic fist waving]. But you've got my eternal gratitude.
Perhaps the only thing that could make the Necroscope series even better is if one of the characters had a lightsaber. Speaking of which...

I'm considering this trilogy one book: Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire Trilogy. I'm getting goose-bumps just thinking about it. Like The Necroscope and Konrad, I've read this trilogy over and over again. The genius who is Timothy Zahn took the original Star Wars story and perfected it. The events in the books take place five years after Return of the Jedi and they set the scene for a whole series of Star Wars books, although none of them come close to this one. The books are timeless and so thrilling I feel like I'm eight years old all over again. I've always been a huge Star Wars fan and these books sustained me until the rumours of new Star Wars films started to become more than rumours (for those of you who don't know, the rumours of new Star Wars films were around in the late eighties). Then I finally saw... 'The-Prequel-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named'... The crushing disappointment and violent revenge fantasies are still too real to talk about here so I'll move on.

Finally, it's got to be another series; Harry Potter by JK Rowling. I discovered these books late. I was at university finishing the first year of my social work degree and I had a friend on the course who was looking forward to the Order of the Phoenix was coming out that summer. She kept going on about it and my sister-in-law had the earlier books so I thought I'd give them a try and wow. I read them all that summer and I was hooked.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escapism! It's a great excuse to switch off from the world and my family and go into my own little fantasy world to have a little play and have fun. My secret worlds are so much better than real life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Obvious answer, but I love them all to bits. Whenever anyone says they like a story it fills me with excitement and I'm buzzing for the rest of the day. Just as long as everyone does remember to say they liked it I'm happy. Otherwise, if I detect even the slightest hint of dissatisfaction in their voice or email, they may well find themselves on my Revenge List.
You have been warned.
Published 2014-07-26.
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