Stephen Morley


Stephen Morley lives and works in the south of England. He has published four novels in recent years, but has been writing fiction and composing music for over forty years.

Stephen says: “Music and the countryside have always been strong influences in my life and I brought them together in my novels. My new novel, Keepers In Trust, is set in an imaginary landscape, and widens the scenic pallette from previous works.”

Stephen is also an enthusiastic musician and songwriter, with a love of folk instruments. He comments: “I believe that music crosses boundaries and joins people wherever they live and whatever their beliefs. Folk music plays an important role in many of my stories.”

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am spending time working on getting my new book Cliffington to market as a printed book alongside the ebook. Once I have completed that, I will be starting on my next project, which is likely to be a recording project.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have always enjoyed 'traditional' authors - Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, the Bronte sisters; but I also like more modern and perhaps more challenging authors such as Doris Lessing, Thomas Mann, even Philip Pullman. I greatly enjoy poetry and wish that it was more widely appreciated. There are so many fine poets from across the centuries, from Benn Gunn to Sylvia Plath, from Edward Thomas to Marianne Moore.
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Where to find Stephen Morley online

Where to buy in print


Keepers In Trust
Price: $3.75 USD. Words: 158,590. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Bella returns to a land where revolution and war are close at hand and finds an uneasy quiet. She is driven to help the innocent citizens caught up in the turmoil, and seeks to put right the wrongs with all her energy and belief, only to encounter the full horror of tragedy and disaster… “None of us owns anything on this earth – we are all just keepers in trust of all we survey.”
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 409,720. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Cliffington, on the remote north-eastern coast, looks like a rural idyll but is not immune to the events of the world. Distant wars bring distress and destruction. A story of trial and obsession, of love and hope, Cliffington reveals the strength and frailties of the people and tests their community to the edge of failure. While always, close at hand, the sea rolls on relentless.
The Follower
Price: $3.75 USD. Words: 82,610. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
The Follower is a tale of mystery and adventure. Harry and Crystal travel together from the Big City to Erebos encountering the Big City Gang, the Lords of the Double-Cross and the secrets of Erebos. All the while the Follower lurks close behind.
Moses Trod
Price: $3.75 USD. Words: 225,060. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A drama of contrasts where two generations intertwine through the life of one man, encountering music, wealth, women, artists, good times and bad as he struggles to come to terms with life and love, always meaning to leave the world a better place. Beneath this fast flowing story lies Moses, a tramp who wanders the streets and hills. 'It was the hills that made him...'

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