Terry Morgan

Biography

Terry Morgan has been writing stories and poetry for over twenty five years, mostly while he “lived out of a suitcase”, travelling with his own exporting business. With over seventy countries under his belt he lives with his Thai wife, Yung, in Petchabun, Thailand with occasional visits back to a second home in the Cotswold valleys around Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.
He writes novels with a strong international flavor, politically controversial shorter novels and less serious political satire and humor.
Check out his website www.tjmbooks.com.

Smashwords Interview

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's given me a platform - a site to point readers to.
And the uploading system is so straightforward - I make a few errors now & again but all my fault and soon fixed.
On Smashwords all of your books are offered free of charge. They are not short novels so each of them must have taken a very long time to write. So why?
It's a good question but I have my reasons.
Yes, each of my five published e-books on Smashwords are free even though all except one exceed 100,000 words. I charge for self-published paperback versions but never get time to market them properly and they never contribute to overheads and other costs.
Let me explain my viewpoint.
Writing was always a hobby. Twenty years of scribbling when I was quiet, alone and able to escape into my own thoughts for just a few hours. I could make myself laugh or cry or put into words serious thoughts that I knew would never get spoken aloud - deep thoughts, controversial, political, sensitive, very private ones. My first full length novel took me ten years to get it to a state where I was sufficiently confident to self publish.
Now: If I had charged my time at even a minimum wage for ten years at only one hour a day I reckon a return of 40,000 dollars might just be enough to break even. The arithmetic is open to challenge but it's either a bit less than 40,000 dollars or, more likely, ten times more - it depends how you value your time. My five subsequent novels have at least quadrupled the time I've spent writing. and quadrupled what I'd expect as a return if I was doing it for a living. But I expected nothing and got nothing because it was just a hobby.
There's an awful lot of published trash out there - a lot of it 'written' by established names, celebrities, politicians and sportsmen who actually get others to write for them. If you want to read it, feel free - buy it.
Likewise, if anyone likes my stuff enough to invest their time and money then good, go ahead, offer me a deal. That's when I'll start to negotiate a price that might offset some of my expense. On the other hand if mine is also trash then tell me. I still won't mind because I've enjoyed the writing.
The modern writing/publishing business is increasingly complicated, made more so because literary agents have failed to move with the times. They have missed, and are still missing, so much good literature written by total unknowns.
The other reason is that books, like so many other commodities, are grossly undervalued because of the economics and the need for mass appeal. In UK I can buy a paperback in a Tesco supermarket at a price that barely covers printing costs. What is the point of writing good stuff if, just at the end point where you might expect to earn a reasonable return for years of time and effort, you are treated like the bags of Tesco's mixed vegetables on the next shelf?
I, for one, do not want to be treated like that. But feel free to argue with me!
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Terry Morgan online


Where to buy in print


Books

Whistleblower
Price: Free! Words: 125,420. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Classics
(5.00)
Huge amounts of international aid money are being stolen by those at the heart of the political establishment. Ex politician, Jim Smith, threatened and harassed into fleeing abroad for accusations of fraud secretly returns to renew his campaign. An epic thriller covering events in the USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia about a stubborn man refusing to fit into any stereotype.
The Cage
Price: Free! Words: 17,770. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Classics
(5.00)
Set around the year 2050 when overpopulation is causing food and energy shortages, mass unemployment, social tension and civil conflict. An ex politician and professor of biology talks to a grandson no longer able to cope with life in an overcrowded city. A follow-up to 'The Malthus Pandemic', this hard-hitting short novel is based on original facts and forecasts. Not for the faint hearted.
The Malthus Pandemic
Price: Free! Words: 126,920. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(4.00)
A virologist with extreme views on population control has created a new virus - 'Malthus A'. International crime investigator, Daniel Capelli, unravels a plot to help spread the virus in return for profits from treatments and counterfeit drugs. But can Capelli and his colleagues in London, USA, Thailand, Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria persuade politicians and international crime agencies to act in time?
Quentin Kelp - Uncensored Newsletters
Price: Free! Words: 46,750. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: June 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A compilation of some of Quentin Kelp's uninhibited newsletters to his Krupton constituents. With political correctness abandoned, this is a humorous and satirical comment on life, politics and politicians in the UK and Europe from a fictitious member of the UK parliament. Whether disguised as an old lady in a nursing home or on work experience in his local church, Quentin Kelp holds nothing back.
An Old Spy Story
Price: Free! Words: 123,510. Language: British English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
Eighty six years old and recently widowed, ex international businessman and reluctant spy Ollie Thomas shows it is never too late to face up to the past. arrested at the airport on suspicion of the murder of another old man in Spain, Ollie describes why he finally decided to track down and deal with the man who had been his corrupt ‘controller’.

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