Paul Morrison

Biography

Paul Morrison has been a writer for most of his life. “I cannot remember a time when I was not writing, even when I was five or six years old. I grew up on books such as Treasure Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and The Time Machine — these and the many other books that I read in my early years fed my imagination, a voracious imagination transporting me to faraway places, other worlds and to other times in both the recent and more distant past...” Many of these worlds and places are visited in the novels and short story collections he has written.
Besides a love for fiction, Paul also reads widely on ancient history and archaeology. “I am particularly interested in Ancient Egypt, mainly Old Kingdom Egypt during the age of the pyramid builders. I was always intrigued as to how the pyramids were built and about the lives of the pharaohs as well as the workers who constructed the pyramids. There were many questions filling my mind, but few if any answers.” This inquiring interest led to the Giza Trilogy books, a monumental work of well-researched fiction set against the backdrop of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau. Together, with their associated books, The Divine Light (currently being written) and the completed, Eternal Egypt, Supplement to the Giza Trilogy, these books total more than one million words! Other books written cover a wide range of subjects including historical, science fiction, ghost and detective stories as well as many other genres.
Paul currently lives in Hobart, Tasmania with his wife in a house overlooking the Derwent River. “The magnificent views of Hobart and of Mount Wellington inspire me in my writings — but the most important inspiration is my wife, Helena.”

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
ETERNAL EGYPT is a supplement to the Giza Trilogy. The book is a collection of fictional short stories, all in chronological order recording the history of the plateau – its three pyramids, satellite pyramids, temples and tombs from shortly before the collapse of the Old Kingdom c.2181 B.C. through to the beginnings of the Roman domination of Egypt in 40 B.C.
In the pages and stories of ETERNAL EGYPT the reader will meet the priests, scribes, craftsmen and soldiers who continued to serve the three dead Pharaohs on the Giza Plateau (or White Rock as it is referred to), for more than two thousand years. What dramas and intrigues took place in those two thousand years? When were the pyramids first entered and looted? On what scale was this looting and on whose orders was it carried out? Some of these questions will be answered, or at least examined in the stories in the book.
The history of Egypt in the two thousand years since the construction of the three pyramids will also be a part of this story: the rule of the later Pharaohs such as Thutmosis IV and Ramesses II; the invasions of Kemet (Egypt) by the Hyksos, the Persians and Alexander the Great; and the gradual decline of this once magnificent civilization. What effect, if any, did all of this have on the three pyramids on the plateau?
The stories are of course fictional but much research has been carried out into the background for the stories. Questions too are asked as to how the plateau and its army of priests and scribes were administrated; the maintenance and upkeep of the plateau; and what continuous religious hold, if any, did the immense pyramids have over Kemet. Were the three Pharaohs resting on the plateau considered gods?
Another purpose of the book, and indeed a most important one is a tribute to the people of Ancient Kemet. Today, hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Egypt each year, not only see the magnificent pyramids and tombs on the Giza Plateau, but to visit the scores of other ancient sites up and down the Nile. When standing before the pyramids it is easy to think about the Pharaohs who were once buried there but what of the others, the common workers who built the pyramids? And what of those who followed, the priests and the scribes who were responsible for maintaining the memory of the dead Pharaohs and the upkeep of their Houses of Eternity? When the last of these Giza Pharaohs, Menkaure, was buried on the plateau, one would hope that it did not become simply a silent and empty cemetery, but continued as a thriving metropolis with priests, scribes, craftsmen, soldiers as well as numerous travellers and pilgrims coming to the plateau to not only honour the Pharaohs buried there, but to marvel at the immensity and grandeur of their House of Eternities. It is not unreasonable to think that the three Pharaohs lay undisturbed for nearly five hundred years until the collapse of the Old Kingdom and the chaos which followed.
And lastly, who knows what other wonders and secrets lie hidden beneath the sands of the plateau…
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is important for independent writers as it allows them to publish their books and distribute the books. It is excellent publication and distribution work.
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Books

Eternal Egypt - A Tribute To Its People
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 101,060. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Eternal Egypt is a companion guide to the Giza Trilogy. It is a tribute to Ancient Egypt and the remarkable people who built the pyramids on the Giza Plateau. The 31 imaginative and well-researched short stories in Eternal Egypt tell the story of the priests, scribes, craftsmen and soldiers who served the plateau long after the last of the pyramids were built and the last pharaohs buried there.
More Dick Sleuth Mysteries - Volume 2
Price: $2.45 USD. Words: 115,930. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
MORE DICK SLEUTH MYSTERIES. Dick is back! What more can we say? These new adventures pose more problems and solutions for Tasmania's Number One Detective. Dick likes to call a spade a spade. In such mysteries as The Howling Man, Dick Sleuth: Criminal, The Stopped Watch, Death in Paradise - Murder in Purgatory and the other intriguing stories in this collection, Dick finds more than just a spade...
Belief - A Novel of Ancient Egypt
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 46,140. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Belief is a historical novel set in 1574 B.C. during a crisis period in Pharaonic Egypt. The book depicts the struggle to expel the foreign invaders from the east, the Hyksos, and the difficulty of trusting a new god whose promises are too good to be true but also too vague to be trusted.
The Three Queens - Book 3 of The Giza Trilogy
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 323,490. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
THE THREE QUEENS is a fictional account of the life of Pharaoh Menkaure, builder of the third (and smallest) pyramid on the Giza Plateau as well as his close relationships with his three queens. It covers the period from c.2532 B.C. through to c.2500 B.C. (including the death of Shepseskaf, Menkaure’s son and heir).
The Sphinx - Book 2 of the Giza Trilogy
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 288,590. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: October 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Literary collections » Ancient & Classical
THE SPHINX is the fictional account of Pharaoh Khafre, builder of the second largest pyramid on the Giza Plateau. He is also thought to be the builder of the Sphinx. Or was he? The novel is not only about the life of Khafre, his rule over Egypt (Kemet) and many military conquests, but is also the story of the mysterious Sphinx and its construction. Why was it built? Whose face does it depict?
LOYAL and STEADFAST - The Story of HMS Consort
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 42,430. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Military
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LOYAL and STEADFAST is the story of HMS CONSORT, a C class destroyer commissioned into the post-World War 2 Royal Navy. During her ten years of service CONSORT spent nearly all her time in the Far East participating in the Occupation of Japan, the Malayan Emergency and the Korean War.
The Pharaoh - Book 1 of the Giza Trilogy
Series: Giza Series, Book 1 Giza Trilogy. Price: $3.45 USD. Words: 319,000. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
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THE PHARAOH is the fictional account of life and the times of Pharaoh Khufu (2603 B.C. – 2566 B.C.), builder of the largest of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau. It tells the story of his life and of the construction of his House of Eternity, the vehicle which will carry him into the After Life...
Eating with the Pharaohs - An Ancient Egypt Cook Book Part 1
Series: Eating with the Pharaohs, Book 1. Price: $2.45 USD. Words: 12,360. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
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Eating with the Pharaohs is a small collection of recipes and stories written by Pentu the Scribe who served as Master of Pharaoh’s Kitchen. They bring to us part of the struggle of working as a cook in the Egypt of the pyramid builders.
Garden of Eden Stories and Poems
Series: Collected Series, Book 7. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 46,940. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
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Garden of Eden is a collection of romantic stories and poems celebrating love and the possibility of a soul mate discovery which can be a life changing event. It portrays the special moments and beliefs of lovers in different situations and the scenarios, leading to the discovery of soul mateship and all changes in the mind and the life of the partners who inevitably learn about each other in this
Collected Western Stories
Series: Collected Series, Book 6. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 58,730. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western
This Collection is inspired by the American West. They are stories of adventurers and explorers of the lands inhabited by the Native Americans who had to constantly fight the newcomers whom they considered as invaders. The stories develop paradoxal heroes: settlers and their families, risking all to begin a new life as well as the gunfighters who sought to impose the rule of the gun.
Collected Australian Stories
Series: Collected Series, Book 5. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 70,160. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
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Collected Australian Stories is a visit into the Australian mind and the various facets of this ancient land. The impressive culture of the Aborigines, the original inhabitants of the land is brought to life in such stories as The Challenge and The Stone Country. Other stories such as The Wejii Man examine deeper cultural beliefs.
Collected Historical Stories
Series: Collected Series, Book 4. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 106,100. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » General
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This Collection of imaginative short stories is a worldly voyage to distant pasts, and rich and magic cultures, which together form an impressive historic mosaic. Through the pages of these fictional stories we cross the subtle boundary into reality, transporting the reader to past worlds long lost in time.
Collected Other Stories
Series: Collected Series, Book 3. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 96,510. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Anthologies » General
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This book, Collected Other Stories contains 32 narratives that cover a wide range of topics; some are sea stories such as Dolphin Joe, The Sea Chase, The Sea Captain, Victorious, and What Ship? What Destination? Other stories are science fiction tales - The Oracle of Pentos 7, The Man from Mars, Home Sweet Home and Doomsday.
Collected Science Fiction and Ghost Stories
Series: Collected Series, Book 2. Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 95,880. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(3.00)
This collection of 42 original and imaginative science fiction and ghost stories will bring you worlds and characters of many dimensions.The reader will have the time of their lives exploring these weird and wonderful worlds in time and space as well as the pleasure of a scary ride into the deeper and mysterious depths of the human mind...
Collected Dick Sleuth Mysteries - Tasmania's No. 1 Detective
Series: Collected Series, Book 1. Price: $2.45 USD. Words: 147,830. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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The detective story collection is set in Tasmania, bringing to life a most original detective whose unorthodox and bizarre actions leads to impressive (and often lucky) results. Just who is Dick Sleuth? In the 35 stories in this bumper collection, the reader will find out just how tough and how good Dick really is.
The Time Traveller - Sequel to The Time Machine
Price: $2.25 USD. Words: 26,000. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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What if you could share an adventure with the author of The THE TIME MACHINE? What if you could find a manuscript that would continue the time travel experience narrated by H. G. Wells himself. Perhaps this is possible in THE TIME TRAVELLER...

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Smashwords book reviews by Paul Morrison

  • The 10-Minute PR Checklist - Earn the Publicity You Deserve on June 12, 2013

    When I read Mark Coker I feel inspired and I go straight to work. Following his instructions and tips allowed me to go solo in the e-book business and I have to say this gives you more control and more freedom to produce your books and to distribute them. The fact is, he has in me a faithful fan, and I would like to say I really enjoy his simple and direct approach to the subject, and he does not mind sharing his knowledge which is something I prize above all.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on June 12, 2013

    It is certainly the right material to anyone in the e-book business to read. Sharing your knowledge just shows how you believe in this business and I am enjoying every tip and advice. I would also like to congratulate you for doing it for free, but I have to say that I would gladly pay for your books!
  • Smashwords Style Guide on June 12, 2013

    This book was my first Mark Coker, and I read it in no time. It was the first material about e-book that I could easily manage and the moment I finished formatting and uploading my e-book I realised I could do the same about all my manuscripts. Excellent material, thorough and efficient guide to anyone interested in this fantastic universe of e-books. You have done great Mark!