Featured Interview With Stan Morris
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in March, 1951 in Lynwood, California, and raised in South Gate and Norwalk, before my family moved to Concord, California. I presently live on a farm on the island of Maui. We don’t any pets, but the farm is home to several feral cats and chickens, along with an occasional mongoose. Numerous birds also make their home on the farm, including egrets, mynas and finches. I’ve been married to my wife, Rene, since 1977. We have two grown boys, both living on the US mainland.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I began writing for fun at age thirteen, and by age fourteen I had finished writing two books, a science fiction and a western. Thankfully, both have been lost to the ravages of time (I threw them away during a move.)
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
A read across a wide range of fiction genres and history books. As a young teen I fell in love with the westerns of Zane Grey and Max Brand. Robert Heinlein introduced me to great science fiction and Isaac Asimov added to the addiction. I enjoy the mysteries of Sue Grafton and MC Beaton. Jayne Ann Krentz and Pamela Morisi sold me on romance. But I keep coming back to history and anthropology books.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Howard the Red is the third installment in my Surviving the Fog series. It is about forty-eight teenagers who are trapped at a youth camp by a mysterious brown fog that covers the Earth below them. It is a post-apocalypse book focusing on survival, but it harks back to Verne’s Mysterious Island, The Swiss Family Robinson by Wyss, and Heinlein’s Tunnel in the Sky. The first book was Surviving the Fog, and the second book was Kathy’s Recollection’s. There are two more books in the works: Douglas Lives and Sasha the Scarred. Surviving the Fog continues to be my most popular book, Kathy’s Recollections is my longest book, and Howard the Red took more than two years to write.
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