John Morris

Biography

John Morris has stories to tell. His novels are absorbing fiction, which are intense and emotional at times, and funny at others. “I study the Human Species,” he relates. “I share this by writing a rainbow of human emotions. One minute the evocative words may make one cry, and the next, humour dispels the emotional miasma. Good novels, like real life, are a question of balance, and drawing the reader in.”

Morris draws on his eclectic life experiences in his writing. He brings to the reader a range of heartfelt emotions, highs and lows of human life, as mirrored by humanity in general.

“I am sharing my written words with readers, and feedback has been fantastic. I’m hungry to write more, and share with others life’s experiences. My books have several levels, but I love it best, when I use words to hide a clue written in plain sight. That is Cristie-esque.”

Morris has never accepted anything simply because it is the norm. He admits, “I have enjoyed so many different careers, and seen so much of the world in the process, they seem like separate lifetimes. I always wanted to be a folk/rock star, because I’m driven to tell stories of people’s lives and loves, initially by writing lyrics. Whilst being very good at playing a 12-string acoustic guitar, I could not sing to save my life. Over time, I discovered I could write, poems and short stories at first, and then novels.”

Born in England to a local father and an Irish mother, Morris has lived in China since 2004. He has held numerous positions, from the ten years he spent as a police officer specializing in serious fraud, to entrepreneur and world trader, to writer. Early on, he qualified as a Yachtmaster for sailing vessels.

Aged forty-eight, he lost everything: his girlfriend, his home, his car, and because of that, his job. “It was a turning point. How does your mind work?” He asks. “I felt the bottom had dropped out of my life as I knew it, so after moping for a few months, I created a new life. I went to University to study Mobile Computing BSc. (Hons), and got my placement year in Foshan, China. I loved the culture, the people so much I never went back. Life is what you make it.”

After two failed marriages, he is now happily married to Siu Ying, and living in the heartland of Cantonese China. Morris is father to their young daughter, Rhiannon. Morris is not a polyglot, but he speaks Cantonese to a conversational level. Although he and his wife do not share a common language, they communicate exceptionally well. “We’ve never had an argument,” he relates. “How could we, when neither of us speaks enough of the other’s tongue.”

Morris writes about his cross-cultural experiences on his self-coded website, china-expats.com. He also designs and hosts web sites for other people and companies.

Related websites:
Author website: http://www.john-morris-author.com
Imprint website: http://www.charlotte-greene.co.uk
Star Gazer website: http://www.star-gazer.co.uk
A Letter from China: http://www.china-expats.com

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There are so many its tough to answer, except by naming a few who influenced my growth since childhood. First would be A. A. Milne, and his four books, the highlight being a poem, The Dormouse and the Doctor. This was evocative of the San Francisco counter culture I later embraced during adolescence.
I read all the classics, Lorna Doone and Treasure Island remaining memorable. There is little punctuation in Wuthering Heights, making it unreadable for me, and I dare say Chaucer and Dickens were beyond my early years comprehension, perhaps they still are?
I'm a big fan of Edgar Alan Poe, his stories and poems both, my favourite, which I can still quote verbatim; The Raven.
Ahha! Yes, I'm British, hence the spelling above.
Regards later influences, Asimov and Brian Aldiss feature, mixed in with Socrates and Homer leading me into mythology. Then later, any science fiction or fantasy, Robert Ludlum, and Stephen King - the master of editing.

Regards influential works, Carlos Casteneda (all books), Immanual Velikovsky, Stephen Donaldson, and The Bible (King James). Perhaps an eclectic collection, but my mind remains open; essential for writing good fiction and making points of fact. These influences combined with unanswered questions pertaining to humankind, form the basis of my first Star Gazer trilogy. They led to examine our most basic assumptions about humanity: who we are, where we came from, and perhaps more importantly, where we are headed.
The second edition of this series in under heavy review and will be available late 2020.
How do you approach cover design?
Artistically. I form a concept of the book and images form i my head. I try to include pertinent things about the book, whether they be character depictions or motifs, such as Proxima Alpha. My effort is to convey these mental imaginings to my graphic design artist, and he has a great grasp of what I am looking for. The result is that nothing in any book cover is irrelevant, there is no filler or abstract artwork, every element means something.
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Where to find John Morris online

Series

Star Gazer
The first Star Gazer trilogy is a compelling, contemporary adventure story that charts the life of Jack Barleycorn and begins in the real world of circa 2010. On a journey, disaster strikes and Jack is left floating at the mercy of savage seas. Hallucinating, but guided by a voice, he shambles ashore more dead than alive, upon an uncharted South Pacific island. It is inhabited by people, but not by homo sapiens. The islanders are a Stone Age culture, yet use extremely advanced technology to shield the island from discovery, a legacy left behind by an alien race called The Ancestors. Later, Jack discovers other branches of the human line also survive, although we know of these through myth and legend as Elves, Dwarves, and Ogres. A series of discoveries irrevocably alter Jack’s life, as the trilogy leads us to discover the real reason why we exist. Catastrophe Theory, Darwinism, and religious dogma are dismissed, and an alternative explanation to our human evolution is offered. As the extraordinary tale unwinds, we are led to examine our most fundamental assumptions about humanity: who we are, where we came from, and perhaps more importantly, where we are headed
The Twelve Tribes
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The Wrath of Gaia
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Fractured
Fractured follows the lives of two teenage girls through survival in a dystopian world of teenage bullying and possible sexual slavery. They confront and vanquish their demons in book one. In book two they meet crazy man Michael, who leads them into a world where the fabric and stability of the U.S.A is under immanent threat. Again they rise to the challenge, but will the succeed a second time?
Inner Sanctum
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Conspiracy Theory
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Books

The Wrath of Gaia
Series: Star Gazer. You set the price! Words: 120,450. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Faced with the utter destruction of all life on Earth, can our heroes survive? The Great Ogre continues to wage war, confounding chances of survival, when the primordial forces of Mother Earth are unleashed. What is the nature of God-a deity, or was humanity created by an Alien race that came to Earth millions of years ago?
The Twelve Tribes
Series: Star Gazer. You set the price! Words: 109,690. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The Twelve Tribes continues the compelling story of Jack Barleycorn, now living with Stone Age homo erectus, and advanced alien technology. Several new characters are introduced, most notably Kay. She and Jack discover much about the Ancestors, their spacecraft, and the history of all humanity. This emotional roller-coaster spans the highs and lows of human emotions, as highlighted by the Trolls
The Gatekeeper and The Guardian
Series: Star Gazer. You set the price! Words: 126,090. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Gatekeeper and the Guardian is the first book in the Star Gazer double trilogy. It charts the life of Jack, who is shipwrecked, and washed ashore, half dead, on an uncharted South Pacific island in 2010. There he discovered an impossibly advanced science, operated by a stone-age culture, one that had lost the use of fire and the wheel. It was inhabited by people, but not by homo sapiens.
Domicile
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 172,030. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Domicile is a gnarly exposure of the horrendous abuse and cruelty to children that occurred in many British towns such as Rotherham and Rochdale. This book shines the spotlight on the ugly truth behind events that are still coming public and police attention. This book delves deeper to understand the demographics and vast amounts of money earned by predators sexually enslaving very young girls.
Conspiracy Theory
Series: Fractured. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,760. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A fast-paced mystery & espionage thriller that picks up directly from the last line of Inner Sanctum, and introduces Michael. The plot coalesces to bring in the Sheriff and FBI, who with the Secret Service, set up a task force. They discover a terrorist plot to destroy the American system of government.
Inner Sanctum
Series: Fractured. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,250. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
April is a fugitive from her mother's plans to sell her as a child sex slave. Searching for her own Inner Sanctum, the book is a model for those who struggle to raise themselves. When April, realizes that for her life to move on, she must confront her mother, Annaliese says, "April, you don't need a gun to go see your mother." "Hmmm. Maybe I do."
Islamic State: England
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 152,000. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2019 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Islamic State: England is an action, mystery and espionage thriller set in contemporary times. The plot unravels like a who-done-it, with MI6 playing catch-up with the intentions of ISIL, and their planned Caliphate of England. Supported by a romance between the main characters, this fast-paced ripping yarn is crammed with intrigue and a joy to read.