Karl J. Morgan


Karl J. Morgan was raised as an Air Force brat, traveling around the country (and world) and never quite fitting in anywhere. As a young boy, he fell in love with the science fiction of Victor Appleton's Tom Swift novels. Later, his favorite writer became Isaac Asimov (especially the Foundation series). The pioneering science fiction television programs like the original Star Trek and Lost in Space helped Karl to believe there is much more to our universe than we can see.

While attending the University of Iowa, he studied astronomy under the legendary Dr. James Van Allen. He also took classes in classical mythology and Asian religions. Of course, he took time to earn a degree in finance as well, which led him to a long career in business.

With such a diverse background and a sincere love for the written word, Karl began to write. His first book, Remembrances: Choose to Be Happy and Embrace the Possibilities was written to help others (and himself) remember that we chose our lives and those who surround us. It also teaches that this life and this world are far more mysterious and magical than we could hope to imagine.

Now, he is focused on science fiction and fantasy. He follows the exploits of Dave Brewster, an unemployed accountant who finds himself far in the future exploring new worlds. Yet, through the new adventures and new cultures in space, we are reminded that the purpose of each life is to be happy and to love and care for our family and friends.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote the draft of my first book (Remembrances) almost 30 years ago, back in the day when you'd send your manuscript to publishers and sit back and wait for the rejection letters. At the time, I was working full-time, and when no one seemed interested, I put the manuscript away and forgot about it.

When I got laid off a while back, I had lunch with an old friend who is also a reverend and author. She reminded me about Remembrances and asked me to send it to a friend of hers who is also a indie publisher. I ended up rewriting most of the book, but they were able to help me get it published. Since then, the job market for older men has not improved, and so I've been writing full time. Thankfully, I have a gift of gab and love to tell stories. Now, seven books later, I can't imagine doing anything else, although a steady paycheck would be nice.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Whistlestop, which is a high fantasy adventure. I had just finished Demonic, which is dark, brooding and violent, and so I wanted something with more of an adventurous spirit and less death and slaughter. I have always been fascinated by cosmology and physics (sick, right?), and especially the ideas of a multiverse and more than four dimensions to space-time. Well, both of those form the environment that Jerry Winslow finds himself in. I also love mythological and fantasy creatures such a dragons, elves, wizards and the like. I decided to meld them all together.

In Whistlestop, the hero learns that everything he thought he knew about himself, his family and the past was a fabrication. His father was actually born on another planet in a parallel universe. He came to Earth to hide from the Empire of Axis, which was subjugating many of the realms in the multiverse. But now the Emperor of the Universe has found them all.

It is also a tale of love and friendship. Like my sci-fi books, I like the idea that people from other worlds can become close friends. Well, now those friends include elves, sprites, ogres, fairies, and on and on. Jerry, his family and friends must find a way to stop the emperor and his evil master before all of the universe comes under their terrifying rule. It's a ride, let me tell you.
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The Old House: An Everlasting Love Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 89,710. Language: American English. Published: October 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Simon Carter’s world will turn upside down when he learns he is the reincarnation of his great grandfather, and about to inherit the family fortune and business. In order to fulfill the old man’s wishes, all he has to do is live in the old house for two years. It all seems too simple until he walks in the front door. The Old House is a tale of everlasting love and reincarnation.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,110. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Jerry Winslow is about to realize his entire life has been a lie. He never was a regular family man, living an ordinary existence in San Diego. His life was a deception crafted by his parents to keep him alive. But now, the Emperor of the Universe has discovered their hiding place and they must run for their lives.Whistlestop is a tale of friendship, family and faith set in fantastical worlds.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,630. Language: American English. Published: January 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
The world is on fire, and everything and everyone Bill Watson has ever loved is about to be wiped out of existence. A nuclear attack forces him to flee San Diego in the middle of the night. With his two dogs and a new friend, he heads for safety beyond the mountains. Bill is desperate to reach his family, but terrorists are everywhere and seem to be after him specifically, but why?
The Dave Brewster Series
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 418,820. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Finally, all five books of the Dave Brewster Series have come together into one monster package at an amazing price. This set includes Showdown Over Neptune, The Second Predaxian War, The Hive, Tears of Gallia and The Accord. Discover Dave Brewster's entire mission so far.
Two Doors
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,610. Language: American English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Foretelling the future threatens to upset the balance between good and evil that has existed since the beginning of time and is causing violence to explode and the world to descend into anarchy, terrorism and war. In order to save his life and the world, Pete Smith will have to take every step carefully. He must look into the face of death over and again and make his choices.
The Reluctant Prophet: A Love Story
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,690. Language: American English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Knowing the future is not as wonderful as you might imagine. Zeke Thompson is about to discover how unpleasant the gift of prophecy can be. All his life, Zeke has had dreams and visions about future events. The accuracy of his premonitions has just reached 100%.
Hand of God
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,070. Language: American English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
Josh Carpenter is about to gain notoriety for being unenhanced in an Enlightened City. But Josh is not quite normal. As his special abilities begin to bloom, he finds himself at the center of the ultimate struggle for power. The world will face utter annihilation as good and evil fight for control. It will be up to Josh to stop the madness and save us all. Without him, all is lost.
The Accord
Series: Dave Brewster, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,760. Language: American English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Join the adventure with Dave Brewster again in The Accord. The cyborg civilization will invade our galaxy if Dave and Lini cannot slow them down or stop them. They yearn to harvest the metal and feedstock (us) of our planets to grow their empire. Head into the Magellanic Clouds to encounter the inhumanity of the machines. Only good luck and the greatest power in the universe can stop them now.
Heartstone: The Time Walker
Series: Heartstone, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,120. Language: American English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Revenge! After his defeat in Sentinels of Far Sun, Keedu travels into the past to reclaim his power as leader of the black mages. He is befriended by Osphalon the Demon who is also desperate to avoid justice at the hands of the Candu Mali Siwa. Bill Marshall will face insurmountable odds as he tries to save his family and his own life. Will the Stones come to his aid or are we truly helpless?
Tears of Gallia
Series: Dave Brewster, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,870. Language: American English. Published: August 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Tears of Gallia is a tale of revenge and salvation, as Dave Brewster is again the target of the Brotherhood from the Society of Humanity. To fulfill their bloodlust, they will not only try to kill him, but will successfully launch an intergalactic war to bring down those who discredited them in The Hive. Only friendship, perseverance and faith will see them safely through this time.
Heartstone: Sentinels of Far Sun
Series: Heartstone, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,250. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A major earthquake in Southern California unleashes unnatural monsters on Bill Marshall's ranch. The Earth Heartstone has been broken, opening a portal to other worlds. Sentinel Lance Allright convinces Bill to step through the stone and find out what caused the break, and find a way to stop the invasions before Earth falls under the power of a black mage.
The Hive
Series: Dave Brewster, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 99,670. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Book 3 of The Dave Brewster Series takes our friends on an epic journey of discovery that begins inside the tekkan Hive, and ends in another galaxy. Dave will learn the true origin of the human race, and discover that no matter how advanced our societies and cultures become, we still carry the same thirst for power and disregard for our fellow man.
Remembrances: Choose to be Happy and Embrace the Possibilities
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,810. Language: American English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Ecumenism, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational
This book offers the author's viewpoint on the nature of existence. Rather than being pawns in the game of life, we are free spirits who have chosen our own lives and destinies. We are led on a trip into our own minds where we can reconnect with the Divine within ourselves and learn to accept our right to be happy.
The Second Predaxian War
Series: Dave Brewster, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,790. Language: American English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Predaxians have invaded and are threatening the peaceful societies of our galaxy. The first incursion was stopped, but they are gathering their forces to attack again. Join Dave Brewster and his friends as they try to assemble a defensive force and find new allies to stop the war. Along they way, they will encounter a new civilization that possesses the most powerful technology ever known.
Showdown Over Neptune
Series: Dave Brewster, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 53,060. Language: American English. Published: August 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Dave Brewster travels into the future to jump start humanity's expansion in space. He and his team will meet new and incredible life-forms and save two abandoned colonies. His new friendships will be on the line as they rush to stop an attack on a helpless planet and crush an invasion force.

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