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Poet K Morris interviewed by Ann Harrison-Barnes for the Inspirational Journeys podcast

At 6 pm on Tuesday 28 May, I was privileged to be interviewed by Ann Harrison-Barnes.

As part of my interview, Ann kindly prepared the below post, which links to the podcast.

My thanks to Ann for her kindness in interviewing me.

Kevin

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Kevin Morris!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

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WHO?
Kevin Morris
WHEN?
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
WHERE?

https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Special-Guest-Interview-with-Kevin-Morris-e45vf1

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR KEVIN MORRIS

Kevin Morris was born in Liverpool England on January 6, 1969. He attended The Royal School for the Blind and St. Vincent’s School for the Blind in Liverpool, and went on to read History and Politics at the University College of Swansea.

After graduating with a BA (Joint Honours), and an MA in Political Theory, Kevin moved to London where he currently lives and works. Much of his poetry is written in his home, overlooking an historic park in Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace, a suburb of Greater London.

The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems

Book Description:

A collection of 44 poems encompassing the passing of the years, nature, mans place in the world and politics.

Purchase link:
https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Pen-Other-Poems-ebook/dp/B07GD1LBMV

Connect with Kevin at the following links:

Website:
https://kmorrispoet.com/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/drewdog2060_

Goodreads author page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6879063.K_Morris

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand.

My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.

Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.

If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast

Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

The Writer’s Curse

The candles shone on the girl’s long black hair, which cascaded over her slim bare shoulders. Angela had chosen the expensive strapless dress with great care, after all it isn’t often that a young woman is invited out to dinner in what is, by many considered to be the capital’s top restaurant and with one of London’s leading celebrities to boot.

“Thank you for the meal”, she said fixing her soft brown eyes on those of her companion, “the food was wonderful”.

Angela’s companion heard not a word, for he was engrossed in the conversation of the couple seated on the adjacent table.

“Now how could I use that exchange without being sued?” the writer mused.

 

 

The sunlight danced on the becalmed sea. Children’s laughter, including that of her own 2 kids, Molly and John, reached Jessica where she sat on the beach towel.

“Mummy, mummy, play with me”, said Molly, tugging at Jessica’s hand. So intent on her musings had Jessica been that she had failed to notice the approach of her daughter.

“Mummy’s busy dear” Jessica said returning to her writing.

“The sunlight danced upon the becalmed sea. The excited squeals of children playing happily in the waves reached the girl as she lay on her beach towel”, Jessica wrote.

 

Oh For A Paper Dictionary!

In September 2014 I wrote a post entitled “Come Back My Little Oxford”, (http://newauthoronline.com/2014/09/28/come-back-my-little-oxford/). In that article I lamented the giving away of the Braille edition of my Dictionary and explained that the work is no longer available from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

I am frequently reminded of “The Little Oxford” when writing poetry and short stories. I wish to ascertain the meaning of a word or phrase, break off from my writing, go online and look it up. What is the problem with doing this? I hear someone ask. Surely the internet provides a wealth of information and unlike paper reference books, online material can be updated in the blink of an eye thereby ensuring the person in search of knowledge has the most up-to-date data at their fingertips

I agree with much of the above. It is impossible to deny the ease with which online sources of reference can (and are) updated. My problem with online reference material falls into 2 main areas:

 

  1. By going online I am distracted from the writing process and fall prey to the desire to check email or social media while connected. Additionally many online reference sources survive by using advertising which can be distracting when all one wants to ascertain is the definition of a word or phrase.
  2. I enjoy the physicality of books. Its pleasant to turn the pages of a hard copy work rather than search Google or other internet engine for the meaning of words.

It could be argued that I could avoid being distracted by carrying out online research prior to starting the writing process. Would that things where that simple. Admittedly I could, while writing note down words I wished to look up and research them online once the writing process has finished. However this can entail using a word and/or phrase of which I am unsure, marking it up for checking at a later point in time and continuing on with my writing. It is, in my experience easier to check as one is going along rather than using a word in the wrong context then, at a later point discovering one has done so.

In conclusion the world of online reference possesses many advantages, not least among them the ability to find meanings which may not have filtered down into paper works due to their newness. However this is, in my experience cancelled out by the distractions of the online world. As I said back in September 2014, “come back my Little Oxford”.

Why Flashbacks Ruin Fiction

An interesting post arguing that in almost every instance flashbacks ruin fiction, (https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/why-flashbacks-ruin-fiction/). Do people agree?

I use flashbacks in my book, “Samantha” to explain how Sam becomes embroiled in the world of forced prostitution. None of my reviews mention my utilisation of flashbacks so, in the case of “Samantha” they where, I hope employed successfully.

From Idea To Ebook – A Guest Post By Victoria (Tori) Zigler

Thank you to Victoria (Tori) Zigler for the below guest post. You can find Victoria’s blog here, (http://ziglernews.blogspot.co.uk/).

 

 

I’m sure you’ve read many posts from a variety of authors about their writing process, and probably their publishing process too. Well, now it’s my turn to tell you mine.

 

Ideas come to me in a variety of ways, from dreams and daydreams to overheard conversations, and everything in between. When they come to me, I make a note of them in a regularly backed up document on my computer. Then, when I’m ready to do so, I pick one to work with; usually whichever one is jumping about excitedly inside my head, eager to be allowed to escape in to the world. In fact, more often than not, this results in me working with a few ideas at once, but – for simplicity’s sake – I’m going to focus on dealing with discussing the writing and publishing process for just one idea during this post.

 

Once I know what idea I’m working with, the next step is to turn it from a plot bunny eagerly hopping about inside my head, to something resembling a full story. So, I open a blank document on my computer, and simply start writing. At this stage I don’t worry about typos, grammatical errors, or any of that other stuff; I just write, letting the story take me where it will.

 

Once I reach the end of the story, I begin rewrites and research.

 

Now, you might think that writing fiction, as I do, there won’t be any research. But there is. For one thing, being blind, I sometimes have to verify descriptions of real objects (either by looking them up, or checking with my husband). For another thing, there are often facts that appear in even fantasy worlds which need to be checked. Fantasy worlds will often break rules of real worlds, but you need to know which rules you’re breaking. Also, if – for example – you want to be sure your woodland sounds like a real woodland, you need to be sure that the plants and animals you’ve included to create this impression would actually be found in a woodland. Or, if you’re putting something in a woodland that wouldn’t be found there, then you need to know for sure that you’re doing this. There are also things like – to stick with the woodland theme – checking that things that don’t bloom until summer aren’t already blooming if your story is set in spring, etc. I’m sure you get the idea.

 

As I said, along with research, I also do a couple of rewrites. These are to change things that no longer work with the direction the story went – which isn’t always the direction I thought it would – add in those extra bits of details and descriptions my research has helped with, fix obvious typos and grammatical errors, and generally tidy up the manuscript a little.

 

It’s at this point that I usually make sure to arrange a cover with one of my cover artists; if I haven’t already done so (I only do so before this point if I had a clear idea from the start of how I wanted the cover to look).

 

Cover creation for me is a process that requires three people: the cover artist, my husband, and myself. I send the cover artist a detailed description of the cover I imagine, and the cover artist draws it. Then – depending on the cover artist I use – the rough cover is either sent to me for me to show my husband, or sent directly to my husband. At this point my husband has no clue what I’ve asked for exactly. I leave it this way intentionally, because his task is to describe what he sees, so I can decide if it matches what I imagined. If it does – and, it usually does; I have a couple of amazing cover artists – I give the go-ahead for it to be used, but if not – which doesn’t happen often – I’ll send a message to the cover artist to explain what doesn’t work for me. Like I said though, most of the time the cover artists I use either manage to capture exactly what I had in mind, or do something better than I imagined, so I go with their idea anyway. When the cover is done, and all three of us are happy with it, I save it as a clearly labelled file on my computer, and also make sure to save a backup copy; just in case.

 

Next comes hours and hours of editing.

 

I put my poor story through several editing phases, doing everything in my power to catch each little typo, and polishing it until it’s as shiny and sparkly as I can make it. Then it gets one more editing phase – the phase most people refer to as the proof reading phase – before I call it done.

 

After that, it gets yet another read through, and then – and only then – I create the file that will be uploaded to Smashwords; the one that contains all the copyright stuff, and the piece I put at the end of all my eBooks to tell everyone where they can find me online (assuming they want to, of course).

 

Sometimes I’ve already written the synopsis for it by this point, other times I haven’t. If I have, then I read through it again to make sure it still sounds good to me. If I haven’t, I write it now. Either way, once the synopsis is done, I check through it for typos and grammatical errors; just like I would a story. After all, I don’t want people to be put off by a synopsis filled with mistakes, which they would – understandably – assume would reflect the quality of the eBook itself, making them reluctant to take a chance on my book. At least, I assume that would be the case, since I know that I myself am reluctant to take a chance on a new author if they can’t even get the editing right for their synopsis, since I assume their story will be the same way; the synopsis is your chance to grab a reader, after all, and the reader deserves the little bit of extra time and effort needed to clean up those typos.

 

Anyway, once I’m happy with my synopsis, it’s time to publish!

 

I publish via Smashwords, because I find their website easier to navigate, which means I can publish myself, despite being blind. I did also publish via Amazon for a while, but I had to have help with this, and after a certain conversation with an Amazon representative – which I won’t go in to hear – I decided I was no longer happy to publish directly with Amazon. I allow Smashwords to distribute my books everywhere, so – perhaps – one day my books will appear on Amazon again; when Amazon decides I sell enough copies to qualify for distribution to them from Smashwords. In the meantime, I publish via Smashwords, and they send my books to sites like Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Apple, among others.

 

And that, in a nutshell, is how I get my stories from idea to eBook.