Gordon Morse


Gordon Morse was born in Hawaii in 1927. He spent his entire life in the islands other than college years at St Olaf College in Minnesota and Boston University in Mass. From 1950 - 1968 he was the Photo-Journalist of The Honolulu Advertiser on Oahu. Covering news articles including, Astronaut Training in the Pacific prior to the first moon landing, All Volcano Eruptions from 1955 to the present, First submarine missile launch in the Pacific, and many others.

Gordon married Joann Morse in 1951 and they had 4 children. He currently has 11 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.

In 1968 he retired from the everyday newspaper writing and started the first RV Camper Rental Company in the State of Hawaii. Extending this service to supplying housing, food service, and transportation to remote locations across the Hawaii Island including the Mauna Kea Observatory development sites.

Upon retirement in 1985 Gordon and his wife opened their estate at Volcano, Hawaii - just outside the Volcanoes National Park - into a Bed & Breakfast Inn. This allowed Gordon to spend more time to revert back to his love of writing.

He has 14 written books in paper form for sale at this time.

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I chose my own photographs based on the theme of the book. The picture I chose usually has great color, composition, and grabs the readers attention. The placement of the picture needs to allow for the title of the book to be seen easily and relates directly to the story.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The books that I have written that I feel I got my story/message across the best are The Pugets, Romancing Pele, The Monster Marlin, The Volcano Automobile, and My Owhyee.

I enjoy history immensely and many of my stories follow the historic truth at the time and place. The "story" is woven around in both fiction and non-fiction.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Gordon Morse online


Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,080. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
The Indian spirits of San Juan Islands of Washington State are ready to destroy the island because people no longer believe. Four young cousins spend the summer discovering the mythical creatures and traveling back in time. Can the Spirits convince them they are real? Can the children find out what is needed? Can they save the San Juan Islands?
Five Enticing Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,900. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Did you ever wonder what would happen if the sun got stuck while setting? Ever catch a fish larger than the boat? Talk to the birds on evolution? Where do you find accommodations at Midnight on a small island? Or talk to 150 year old girls? Sit back and read with enjoyment as I take you on a journey of discovery.
North Oahu Awakens
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,350. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » War
Have you ever wondered how the local people behaved during the bombing of Pearl Harbor? This is a true story about 2 young boys growing up in the midst of military movements and battles on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The brothers grow up in the "up country" of the island amid superstition, juvenile detention housing, and military takeovers.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Dogs
Travel with Leahi, a Samoyed dog, from Hawaii who cannot find a pedigreed male to breed with her. So, she scouts the Western States in an R.V. to find her perfect husband. She enjoys the beaches and towns along the way. Meets a unique bear, herds cattle instead of Reindeer in pastures along the way, and plays in snow. Does she find her mate? Leahi tells her story .....

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