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Samantha by K Morris free from 7-11 June 2013

My book, Samantha which tells the story of a young girl forced into prostitution in the city of Liverpool will be available, free in the Kindle Store from 7 June to 11 June. For further information on Samantha by K Morris together with a 4 star review, please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samantha-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI.

And they all lived happily ever after

In February 2013 I published Samantha which tells the story of a young girl forced into prostitution by Barry, a brutal pimp in the city of Liverpool. Sam meets Peter and the two of them are soon besotted with one another, however Sam feels that she can not confide in her lover that she is, in effect a sex slave. The revealing of Sam’s secret life near the end of the book leads to profound consequences for all concerned.

In a 4 star review of Samantha a reviewer writes

“Some of the strands haven’t been tied up at the end and maybe that’s just what the author intended”, (see http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B00BL3CNHI/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1). The reviewer is right, that is precisely what I intended. It would have been easy to write an ending in which Samantha and Peter walk off hand in hand into the sunset to live happily ever after. It would have been easy but it would not have been credible. Sam has lied to Peter by telling him that she works as a nurse. He is, quite naturally angry and upset when he discovers the truth. Any hope of a relationship between Sam and Peter is dependent on them rebuilding trust, perhaps this is possible, perhaps not. The truth is I don’t, as the author of Samantha know the answer to that question hence the “loose ends”! Life is not a fairy tale. It is messy and complex and the ending of Samantha reflects this fact.


Feeling Bereft

I feel bereft. Since December 2012 I’ve been working on my story, Samantha and yesterday (20 February) I completed the manuscript. For several months Samantha and the other people in my book have been my more or less constant companions. While walking to the station to take the train into work my mind has been busy thinking about the storyline and rehearsing dialogues. Suddenly all that is over, ends have been tied up and the story put to bed.


Since December the actors in Samantha have become real to me, they have lived in my brain and become part of my life. At a fundamental level I know that the persons in Samantha are mere figments of my imagination, however to write convincingly one must believe in the people you create, they do at some level take on a life of their own. When Sam is abused by her brutal pimp it is a mere will of the wisp, a nothing which suffers. Sam does however represent those who are forced into the sex industry against their will and, as such she is real. Her pain represents the suffering of actual sex workers who have been compelled to become prostitutes so, at another level Sam does, most definitely exist.


I said at the start of this post that Samantha has been completed. This is not quite correct. While Samantha exists in draft form on my blog (http://newauthoronline.com/2013/02/20/samantha-part-16/), It is my intention to edit the book with the view to publishing my manuscript as an ebook. During this process changes will be made although the fundamentals of the story will remain the same.

New Blog

I have launched a new blog to promote my forthcoming book Samantha. As those of you who follow this blog (newauthoronline.com)will be aware Samantha tells the story of a young girl forced into prostitution in Liverpool, a city in the north-west of England. For my new blog please visit http://samanthabooks.wordpress.com/about/

Mind Your Language

I have an intense dislike of foul language. To me the casual use of swear words conveys that the person indulging in such behaviour  is either immature or possesses an extremely limited vocabulary and can not comprehend how to express themselves other than by swearing. Of course I am no plaster saint. I do, on occasions swear, however my use of four letter words is, almost always confined to instances such as when I stub my toe painfully on furniture and is, almost always an involuntary response to acute pain.

While I loathe the unthinking use of foul language for the reasons set out above, characters in my most recent collection of short stories, The First Time do use language which I, personally find offensive. However the employment of foul language is an integral part of that characters response to an extreme and highly stressful situation. For me to avoid the use of such language because I find it offensive would be a betrayal of literary integrity, it simply wouldn’t represent a credible response by the people in The First Time to the circumstances which confront them. For example take the following passage from The First Time in which Julie, a prostitute is faced by a client who is determined to have unprotected sex with her despite Julie’s determination that the man must use a condom

“The client rolled on top of Julie and opening her legs thrust forward attempting to penetrate her. “What the hell are you doing? I don’t have unprotected

sex” Julie yelled pulling away from him. “I’m clean, I don’t have anything”! “”Either we use a Durex or I’m out of here”! The man swore vilently but submitted

as Julie rolled a condom down over his erect penis. He mounted her and began to hump away.


Some sixth sense told Julie that something was not quite right. She could feel the guy’s hand fiddling around with the condom. “What the fuck do you think

you are doing?!” Julie jerked her body away but she was to late. The client shot inside her leaving the condom lying like a deflated balloon on the matress.

“You selfish bastard, what the hell do you think you are doing”. “you’ve been paid now just fuck off out of my flat”.

For Julie to have said “excuse me but would you mind terribly using a condom as it will protect both you and I” rather than reacting as she does in the above passage would not be credible. In fact it would be risible. No, Julie’s response is authentic in that it is how one would expect a sex worker to react given the same set of circumstances. The language employed by prostitutes and their customers is often peppered with four letter words. Clients do not say “Can I make love to you?” they are more likely to say as nick, a minor character in my online novel, Samantha says, “I want to fuck”. Nick’s desire for sex is wholly unconnected with tenderness or love, consequently it would not be in character for him to say “I want to make love”.

In summary the casual use of foul language merely as a means to shock is to be deplored, however its employment in the context of literary integrity can (and should) be vigorously defended.

(to purchase The First Time by Kevin Morris please visit the Kindle Store on amazon.co.uk or amazon.com).