Interview with Steven Robert Morrison

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can escape reality. I can be younger, be different, be someone else in another place and time. Readers use books to escape, I believe authors do as well. However, where readers feel like they can become characters and observers, the authors become gods.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I had fans, they would be people I would like to sit down a chat with and mine their minds for ideas.
What are you working on next?
A sub-set of short novellas about Mars and‚Äč a set of "how to" books on magick (maybe just one big book of magick/)
Who are your favorite authors?
For relaxation Clive Cussler, William Manchester, Leon Uris, Harry Turtledove, Colin Tabler
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What is this getting out of bed you speak of? I need more inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching quality television, on AMC, HBO, Space, not a lot of main network stuff, surfing the net and trying to stay out of trouble.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Reviews and Facebook, as well as just snooping e-book sites, typing in random "whats & plots" and seeing if that book is out there and if so buy it.
What is your writing process?
Dream about scenarios all day and then late at night writing, with plenty of silence and plenty of sugar.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First story? Nope, too far back in time, Ray Bradbury's R is for Rocket, S is for Space and science fiction from that period. LeGuin's Breed to Come was memorable.
How do you approach cover design?
From scratch, designed with a 15+ year-old art program, usually using a strong character trait of a strong character. I like RED
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Ben Bova's MOONBASE - because it is do-able space
William Manchester's AMERICAN CEASAR - excellent biography
Pat Conroy's PRINCE OF TIDES - Totally drew me in
Isaac Azimov's FOUNDATION SERIES - all 14 books of the "trilogy", sweeping
Herman Wouk's WINDS OF WAR - excellent example of a mix of fiction characters in history
Describe your desk
Dining room table, as I said late at night or mid-afternoon. Only me awake for the former, only me home during the latter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Small towns, Cobden and Eganville, not a lot to do but live in your own mind.
When did you first start writing?
In a professional context, once the early computers became available‚Äč, as I can't write in any legible form and typing, I make way too many errors.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A large piece of a shattered neutron star approaching Earth and with the usual catastrophic outcome
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think I rewote the Book of Revelations into A:B A:B rhyme. First book as an adult was a book of poetry titled "No Stories About Horses, and there were no stories about horses.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like biographies usually 20th century military leaders. I think I own all the modern swashbuckler novels by Clive Cussler, and alternative histories, such as Harry Turtledove.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An old KIndle, comfortably loaded with familiar stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The main line publishing juggernauts as scary monsters and being an indie author, well that means you can also do something else to make money.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Ask me again in 5 years
Published 2017-08-05.
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Books by This Author

The Needle
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 45,910. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
From deep silent space far beyond the orbit of Pluto, an anomaly is found moving towards the Earth. A young college professor and her international team race to inform the world and work towards a solution. From locales in the American Midwest, Hawaii, the high Chilean Andes, Europe, South Africa, and the corridors of power in Washington, Caswell Stewart and her young assistant Jax Munro
Prophet of Mars: The First Gathering
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 162,370. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Set in the near future a base on Mars finds itself facing isolation and hostility from Earth and from within. While dealing with their own personal issues the characters face the questions of the origin of life, evolution, transhumanism, immortality, imminent war, an influx of refugees, betrayal, corporate conspiracies and a hostile planet. Rarely is anything or anyone, what or who they seem.