The Virtual Book Con Author Interview – Christopher D. Morgan

chrisHere is my author interview with Christopher D. Morgan for The Virtual Book Con Event featuring sci-fi and fantasy authors. We will be highlighting his book Forestium: The Mirror Never Lies so make sure to grab your copy today!

What is your favorite thing about the fantasy/sci-fi genres?
That there are no rules – nothing to tie you down. If you can imagine it, you can write it and it will be accepted by the readers. There’s really nothing quite like escaping into a world of fantasy. This is true for the author doing the writing as well as the reader doing the reading.

What is your favourite fantasy/sci-fi based movie?
Wow, there are so many to choose from it’s really hard to nail it down. I love all things Star Wars and Star Trek. Probably the most recent Star Wars movie and Star Trek Into Darkness were my favourites, although First Contact was my favourite for a long time. Outside of those franchises, I would have to say it’s 2010 A Space Odyssey but with Contact running a very close second.

How many books do you current have in the fantasy/sci-fi genres and which one would you recommend new readers starting with?
I don’t actually have a lot of physical books. The notable exception would be the whole range of Harry Potter books. I was so totally immersed when reading those, it was like nothing else I’ve done before. For whatever reason, they just captivated me from very early on. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to go through that same captive and totally immersive experience.

What one thing has changed about you or your writing from when you first started to now?
That depends on which perspective I take. I’m relatively late to the game with being a published author, and so I am exploring my craft as I go. I’ve learned a great deal from my editor, who has been fantastic. I’ve picked up quite a lot from him – especially on the technicalities of how to string a novel together. I’m a quick learner and I’ve already found that I am needing less and less of his input into the process for my next book. Having said all this, I’ve been writing for quite some time. Ironically, I actually found writing and English to be amongst my least favourite subjects at school. Over the years, however, I have developed a love for the written word and am now able to turn that passion into productive use.

If you could vacation to any spot in the world with anyone where would you go and who would accompany you?
Well, I’ve already lived and worked in four countries across three continents and have visited over 40 countries worldwide, including 13 US States. My wife and I have spent months on end back-packing and campervan’ing around various continents and we’ve circumnavigated the globe, so I’ve already been to just about everywhere I could wish to go. That’s what makes this a particularly tough question to answer. It would certainly be my wife, Sandy, and our two kids that I would go with and I think we would all choose to spend more time in Orlando, visiting all the theme parks and doing all the rides and attractions. We just love it there. We’ve already visited all the parks a dozen times over but we’d do another dozen easily.

What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing or publishing a book?
I used to think that the biggest hurdle to becoming a successfully published author was the initial impetus to actually write something. So many people dream of it but so few actually do anything about it. Then I used to think that the biggest hurdle was finishing the work and having something to publish. After that, it was getting through the editing process to have something worth pushing out. Even after that, the hard part was actually getting published, with the decision to go trad or indie and everything that’s involved in-between- trust me, it can be a minefield out there. Having now been published, I actually think all of the above is the easy part and now the hard part is all the marketing and promotional activities. There always seems to be something else that’s harder than the previous part. I wonder what the next will be.

Do you find that you sell more books during certain months or holidays versus other times?
Not really, although I’ve only been selling for a relatively short time, so perhaps I’ll re-visit this at a later date to see how it all pans out.

If you had one redo in life what would it be and why?
I’d spend more time and more money traveling. It’s such a wonderful way to exist – just you, your back-pack, your companion and no need to track the passage of time. Whence finished travelling, we had spent very much less than we thought and had budgeted for. We could have travelled for longer or, perhaps, more comfortably had we spent more money along the way. Material possessions come and go but memories cannot be taken from you. It also serves no purpose being the richest person in the graveyard.

What is your favorite part about being an author?
It would most definitely be meeting readers. One of the things I do is to visit schools to talk to students about being an author. When I’m in front of a group of kids that are sitting attentively and enthralled about what I have to say, I find that just magical. At the end of the sessions, I usually have a huge line of people lining up, all wanting to get their bookmarks, books, diaries, back-packs, hands, whatever, all autographed. To be sure it can be somewhat ego-stroking. More than that, however, I really get a kick out of the knowledge that I’ve inspired someone. One of these kids will grow up to be the next JK Rowling, Roald Dahl or Charles Dickens. If I could play even a tiny part in that happening, my life would be complete and I would consider myself a success.

Do you have any specific reviews or comments that stand out that you have received over time?
I’m continually amazed at the reviews I’ve been getting. It’s a real thrill to see someone write “beautifully written” or “I can’t believe this is your first novel” or “I enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would”. I expect that from my Mother but to hear it from total strangers from the other side of the planet really does spur me on to churn out more and more books.

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