Interview with Morris Clark

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember the first one that anyone noticed. In my sophomore high-school year, our English teacher had us all write short stories. At the time I was fascinated with the dragsters and funny cars which made appearances at our local tracks and thundered down the quarter mile. I had been present when one driver lost his life in a crash and so I wrote the story from his viewpoint of making the run and then having time slow down as the car tumbled him to his death. The teacher read it to the class and started crying near the end. I think she tried to have it published in some magazine but can't remember which.
What is your writing process?
There's a process? I'm only partly kidding. I don't have a formula for getting so many words a day out or any of the great tips you hear about. I find the words will often start to come at the oddest of times, (like when you're really busy with something else), but you had best take advantage of those. When it's streaming, I basically just let it pour out on the first draft. I think that's pretty common practice for a lot of us. I never try to over think the initial run through. I'm frequently amazed at how something early in the story, will dovetail with something later without much concious effort...go figure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
One of my favorite leisure activities is a beach walk. We're fortunate to be near the coast and have a one mile section of beachfront which is a preserve of sorts. I like to go there a little before sunset, walk the trails of the woodsy section down a half mile or so, and then pop out on the beach. By that time there is often no one else around and you get almost a mile of shoreline all to yourself to watch the sun sink into the horizon and the 'light show' after. It's amazingly peaceful and provides a great opportunity for introspection and prayer.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Henry the Helicopter. My mother read it to me until I could recite the whole story. We actually did that with a number of children's books. By the time I started kindergarten, I was already reading pretty well...
What do you read for pleasure?
I guess you could say I'm a 'broadband' reader. You can find me reading fiction, history, even technical stuff if it's an interest (like computer repair). If I had to pick a favorite, I'd say a story that blends some factual history with a dramatic portrayal involving period characters, real or not.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Well, first place would probably be having readers tell me they 'couldn't put it down'. I enjoy it when a story does that to me so I'm happy to be able to do it for them. Makes all the effort worth it. A close second has got to be hearing, 'When's the next one?'
What project(s) are you working on now?
As far as writing, I have a non-fiction almost ready. It deals with the condition of 'religion' in America today. Work is started on the sequel to Arak. (It's gratifying to note that this largely due to reader insistence.) And, I'm engaged in a weekly podcast that features current event, religious and political issues debated by a Christian, a Muslim, an Atheist, and a Jew. All overseen by the Judge who is a Deist. It's always interesting and entertaining but requires some time to be prepared on the topics. Oh, and I've been engaged to revamp and round out a manuscript which is based on 911 and Christian vs. Muslim values and doctrines. It's intended as an onstage production and looks to be quite informative and entertaining at the same time.
Published 2014-10-16.
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Books by This Author

Arak
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 117,370. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Another story with angels and demons...old news right? Not this time. As one reader put it:“Many fictional stories about angels and demons have been written, but none like this!” The action takes place in the Sunshine State and there is definitely 'trouble in paradise'. Combine a demon prince, a deadly African snake and a nuclear power plant. Throw in terrorist or two...then hang on!