Len Morse


I remember being interested in writing at a single-digit age. I would come up with stories and jot them down. When I was old enough, I would proofread some of my mother’s work documents when asked.

When I attended college, my love for music became serious. However, I was told many times that pursuing a music performance degree was fraught with financial danger, so I majored in Geography, since I had also developed an interest in maps. During my last year of college I was able to take a fiction writing course, and then began fleshing out an idea for a novel. My writing muse had returned!

After securing a job, I expanded my musical repertoire and writing styles, while continuing to add to my novel. I researched other writing outlets, but I found that traditional publishing was not likely to be my bread-and-butter. Then I discovered Helium.com in 2007.

Helium was an online community where authors could sharpen their writing skills and earn money based on the number of people who clicked on their work. I wrote approximately 180 articles on Helium, the highest earner of those being “How to Write a Choose Your Own Adventure Story.”

I had not touched my novel for many years, but a visit to the Maryland Renaissance Festival brought back my inspiration with a vengeance. I finished writing my novel and hired a professional editor and cover artist. At this point, my main goal is to get my story out to the public.

I am currently writing a book about community concert bands, many of which I've consistently been a member of since 1993.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind The Black Orb?
The Black Orb was, and still is, a labor of love. Many years ago, I used to read the well-known Choose-Your-Own-Adventure (TM) series, and similarly written books. I truly enjoyed them, but over time I saw that most (if not all) interactive fiction stories were written for children, and I thought it would be an amazing journey to write one for grown-ups: something longer, with the feel of a novel, but still with plenty of interactive options.

I had always been interested in the Renaissance era and role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, so the setting was an easy decision. Developing the plot was the hard part!
The Black Orb is huge! How long did it take you write?
It's easy to let an interactive novel run amok. You start with one plot line, which splits into two, then four, then eight, then...

I used a number of different Excel grids to keep track of my protagonist's inventory, memories, companions, finances, etc., depending on which plot line I was developing. Although they all begin the same, I wanted most plots to be long enough to be exciting and have relatively satisfying endings. If you read it, please let me know what you think.
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Where to find Len Morse online


The Black Orb
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 242,310. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
This illustrated interactive story follows Jonathan, accompanied by faithful amulet Mac, through a classic pick-your-own-path fantasy/adventure that allows the reader to play through multiple routes to reach a variety of different endings. During your quest, you must remember that one decision can affect the rest of your life. Choose wisely!

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