T.H. Morris and The 11th Percent

T.H. Morris

T.H. Morris

T.H. Morris is a lifelong writer who was born in 1984 and raised in Colerain, North Carolina. He has been living in Greensboro, North Carolina for the past twelve years. He is an avid reader, primarily in the genre of science fiction and fantasy because he enjoys creating people, situations, and worlds. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and spent several years as a therapist and mental health clinician. He has been writing in some way, shape, or form ever since he was strong enough to hold a pen or pencil, but the expectation of securing and maintaining a traditional 40 hour job was the expectation of all around him. The call of writing never diminished, though, and soon became too powerful to ignore. Morris began writing The 11th Percent in 2011, and is currently working on its sequel. He still resides in Greensboro, with his wife of six years.

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

I would have to say that it was in the fourth grade. My teacher, Miss Joyner, assigned us the task of writing these nine to ten page “books,” which were simply notebook paper bound with construction paper and yarn. Once we’d written them, she sprung on us that we would be reading them to the other fourth grade class. When I read my little story, a bunch of the kids loved it. That planted the seed in me, and it never left me. (Started early, I like it! Good teachers will do that for you. Go Teachers!)

In what genre do you write?

Paranormal Mystery.

Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Science Fiction, or any other genre that involves stretching my mind beyond the “logical.” I don’t do logical; far too confining, my opinion. (Science Fiction is far out of my comfort zone, but I do want to tackle it one day as well. Good luck!)

What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I don’t do in depth plot lines; my mind just doesn’t work that way. What I did was sit down and create bullet points of everything I wanted to cover, and then expand the bullets as I wrote. I did 2500 words a day, not rising until that was met. I write the entire book freehand, and then type it as is. Then I do the revisions. This is the process that works best for me. (You actually met your word count each day? Wow, you’re dedicated. Haha!)

Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

Sharon Shinn, Beverly Cleary, Lynne Reid Banks, R.L. Stine, Judy Blume, Tamora Pierce, Patricia Cornwell, J.K. Rowling, Patti Roberts, Elizabeth Wyke, Dzintra Sullivan, Meg Cabot, James Patterson, Nat Russo, Alan J. Garner, Matthew Arkin. (R.L. Stine! I fangirl over him…like all of the time…all the time)

How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

My main character, Jonah Rowe, appeared in my head nearly complete and defined; he came to me in a seven-hour, uninterrupted dream concerning the idea for my series. After he came along, the other characters seemed to follow behind him, ready-made and saying “Hello!” Truth be told, I didn’t do too much research. The story just flowed in freefall from my heart. (I love when characters are born that way!)

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

Smooth jazz, preferably with no vocals. My favorites to listen to are Boney James, Paul Hardcastle, Wayman Tisdale, and Jeffery Smith

When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

Spending time with my wife, watching Netflix, exercising, and gaming. 

What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

Discovering that I had this in me. If you told me five years ago that I would be writing a paranormal mystery series, I would have kindly told you to go to the doctor for a checkup. Yet I’m writing one. A series that will eventually be SEVEN books. And it won’t stop there! I have other ideas after The 11th Percent Series. Four series are sitting in my head right now! Sometimes I still ask myself “Where did all these characters and stories come from?” (Never lose that creative spirit!)

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The 11th Percent

Who created your amazing cover art?

The infinitely talented Patti Roberts of Paradox Cover Art!

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

The 11th Percent is a paranormal story that takes place in North Carolina. It follows the everyman Jonah Rowe, who is a bored, unfulfilled, and listless accountant who has literary aspirations. He simply wants his life to mean something. He gets his wish in a very rude fashion; he discovers that he is at the epicenter of an ongoing ethereal conflict.

I would like to say that The Eleventh Percent is a new kind of ghost story. I don’t employ the usage of some of the old tried and true formulas that we’ve seen in ghost stories in the past….all a part of putting my own original edge on a story that’s dear to my heart. I truly think people will love it!

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Sharon Shinn, JK Rowling, or R.L. Stine! (Me too!)

Hands down, what is your favorite book of all time and why?

Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn. It is my favorite because it seems like everything in that books was in the perfect proportions: the action, the suspense, the setting and intricate storytelling, the fear, even the love. In my opinion, Dark Moon Defender is one of the most perfect books ever written. (I can sense how passionate you are about this book!)

What book would you like to see in film or do you believe that books should be left alone?

Sharon Shinn’s The Twelve Houses series (Dark Moon Defender is Book 3 of this series.) I would LOVE for that to be made into movies! Or even a multiple season miniseries on Netflix (provided that it is done justice)!

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Page upon page of mindless description. That is not to say that description is unnecessary. It’s just that in some books, some authors lose sight of the cutoff point. In those cases, the descriptions just sound like long, dull resumes.

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

Normally, I soldier through it. You just never know what you’ll find if you are just a little diligent! (I like it! Soldier on!)

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I like to read around. My main love is anything paranormal, science fiction, or fantasy, but I also read mystery, sports biographies, and self-help. I have a great deal of female author friends who are paranormal romance novelists, so I dabble into that genre as well. I’m never disappointed; they are some truly talented women. 

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

For the longest time, I was heavily into paperbacks and hardcover. I adore the smell of a new book and the turning of pages. But then, I came across indie authors some years back and was unable to access their stories unless I had access to ebooks. That got me into that avenue. Nowadays, I love all three. (I am the same way. You have to embrace the technology!)

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Random Questions

Favorite movie? T

he Batman series that stars Christian Bale.

Favorite TV show?

Anything Star Trek, Alias, and Firefly. (Looooooovvvveeee Firefly!)

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My wife’s taco stew! (Smart man)

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Chocolate chip cookie cake! (YUM!)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Nirvana, Linkin Park, Rick Ross, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Wale, Boney James, Paul Hardcastle, Justin Timberlake, Iggy Pop

What’s your hidden talent?

Memory retention! (Will you share you talent with me? I have a terrible memory!)

What is your dream vacation?

Oceanfront hotel room at North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!

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Contact Information:

Author Name: Terrick Heckstall (TH Morris-pen name)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorthmorris

Twitter: https://twitter.com/terrick_j

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/35036627-terrick-heckstall

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The 11th Percent

Jonah closed his eyes and recited the alphabet with three breaths in between each letter. It was a trick he started in elementary school. It always worked wonders for making time pass, and better yet, he rarely EVER finished. It was sure to work. Sure enough, before he had even reached the letter P, Langton called, “Alright, my friends! The workday is now completed! I would like to thank you all for being troopers. Remember, you are helping ALL of us keep our jobs! Good evening.”

Jonah packed his laptop gratefully. That tactic worked every time. He headed for the door, grateful to hear the exit signal’s rhythmic chimes.

It was on the third chime that it happened.

Jonah blinked, a natural occurrence that he had done a billion times. Only in this momentary closing of his eyes, he opened them to bear witness to a very strange phenomenon. The world around him—the office, the parking lot, the cars, everything—looked blue.

They were perfectly normal in every other regard, but it seemed someone had shaded his vision with cerulean. Alarmed, he glanced around and blinked hard. It made no difference. The blue veil remained.

His eyes shot up to the sky, which now had an even darker hue because of the blue veil over his eyes.

What the hell is going on? he wondered wildly. What had happened? Had he damaged his eyes? Had he suddenly contracted some rare disease that had polarized his eyes and resulted in a permanent tinge of blue?

“Jonah Rowe,” said a voice.

He whirled around. A woman stood there, swaddled in what looked like fading lights. Her hair was dark, made darker by the bluish tinge. Her eyes were wide-set and full of fear. She might have been pretty if she didn’t look so horrified and desperate.

“Jonah Rowe,” she repeated again.

“What is going on?” demanded Jonah. “Why is everything blue? Who are you?”

“Jonah Rowe,” she said for a third time. Her voice was as strange as her appearance; it sounded like a two-or three-part harmony. She also sounded like she spoke to him from several yards away, though she stood right in front of him. “You must help us all. You have the power. Help us. Please.”

Jonah was more confused than ever. “What power? What are you talking about, lady? And tell me why everything is blue!”

“You are the one,” said the woman. “You must help us cross on. He has blocked the path.”

Jonah backed away from her. “Lady, I don’t know who you are, or who he is, and I don’t know anything about any paths! Now tell me what’s going on!”

“You must help us! Please, Jonah Rowe! You have the power. Please—!”

She disappeared. It looked as though it had been against her will, like she’d been yanked into thin air. The silence left in her absence seemed even more frightening than her disconnected voice.

Then a cat’s meow whipped Jonah around once more, almost like his body was moved in response to the sound.

He now saw, if possible, an even stranger sight. A calico cat stared at him while pawing at the shin of a tall man that Jonah swore had not been there moments before. He looked to be in his late thirties, and was as calm as could be. He looked like this scene was entirely normal. Although the blue color shaded everything, Jonah could tell the man had a ruddy complexion and brownish black hair. His penetrating eyes looked like they could be grey. He had aquiline features and a demeanor that was almost regal. His casually dressed and cloaked form appeared to be shrouded in lights, just like the woman’s form had been.

“Yes, Bast,” he said quietly, “I see now. It is indeed him. You have done well.”

His eyes rose to Jonah. “Jonah Rowe,” he said in an ominous tone, “I will be seeing you again. Go home now. Do not leave. I know who you are now. Unfortunately, he does too.”

Jonah stared. Was this some kind of joke? Who was this man? What was the deal with the cat? Why was the man talking to it? And where did he get off telling Jonah to go home and stay there?

“Look, man,” he said, fear and incomprehension blending to form a high pitched voice most unlike his own, “I don’t have a clue what’s going on—”

“You do not,” interrupted the man. “But you will, son. You will. Heed my warning.”

Jonah opened his mouth to retort, but the man disappeared in a swirl of light. The calico gave him one more look of appraisal, and then dashed into a nearby alley. Jonah blinked again.

Everything was normal. The deep blue sky was the only thing that was that color as the late afternoon gave way to evening. Incoherent chatter, passing cars, and bustling people once again dominated the scene.

Jonah looked around. There was no weird woman, no cat, and no tall, regal-looking man. He blinked again, just to make sure, but nothing had changed. Normalcy was evident in every detail of his environment.

“Um, Jonah,” said an annoyed voice, “If you don’t mind, some of us actually have lives to live.”

Jessica was behind him; he was blocking her path. With a jolt, he realized he was back at the threshold of the office, at the exact spot where the weirdness had begun. How was he back where he started? He had moved at least five feet from the door when the world went blue, yet here he was like nothing had happened at all.

“Jessica,” he breathed, “Didn’t you see that? Didn’t you see that blue?”

Jessica rolled her eyes and pushed past him. “I don’t know what you’ve been using, Rowe, but the only thing blue out here is my car.”

She headed to her car, leaving Jonah bewildered and confused. He had barely even registered her snide comment. The only thing blaring in his mind was one question:

What the hell had just happened?

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The Fantastic Mind of Willow Renner

Willow

 

Willow has been furiously working on her three series for many years. She hopes you enjoy reading about the worlds she created as much as she enjoyed building them.

In her free time she enjoys designing and making jewelry, soap and candles. She adores writing with fountain pens and loves collecting them.

She is very active in the Twitter Writing Community.

It is universally known and recognized that Willow is made of awesome.

 

Willow is also giving away ebook copies of books 1 and 2 of her Lux Series. You can enter here!

 

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Author Questions

When did you realize you wanted to be an author?

In 2007. I kept having vivid dreams about the first series I would write: The Lux Seekers series. The dreams wouldn’t let me rest until I started writing them down.

 In what genre do you write?

YA fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian

 Is there a genre you haven’t written in, but want to?

Paranormal Romance. But I’m too embarrassed to write the sex bits.

 What is your writing process? Such as, outlining, freehand, computer vs paper and pen?

I’m an outliner. I write with pen and paper first. I love to see the ink flow across the paper. I think better on paper. After I’m done, then I type it into the computer.

 Who are you writing inspirations, famous or not?

Larissa Ione, Katie MacAlister, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe

 How much research, if any, did you have to put into your novel(s)?

I do research into the time period and the customs that I am writing about. I also do extensive world-building.

Do you listen to music while you write or edit? If so, who do you listen to?

The only music I can listen to while writing is instrumental “mood music.” I use the tempo of the music to fit the emotion I am working toward. I can listen to vocals before I start writing a scene. The music I like to set the scene is by: Apocalyptica, Evanescence, Seether, Disturbed and Breaking Benjamin.

 When you’re not being an amazing author and writing away, what do you for fun?

READ. I love to read, to be caught up and transported by a story.

 What has been the most exciting experience for you since starting your writing career?

I am still fairly new to writing. I guess the most exciting experience would be the satisfaction I feel when a scene comes together.

 Who created your amazing cover art?

The incredible graphic artist, Leah Kaye Suttle.

Give us a brief description of your WIP (work in progress) or your newest novel.

The Vita BioGen Legacy: Gods

YA sci-fi, dystopia

A disillusioned teen struggles to survive “winning” The Genetic Lottery.

I am currently working on a 3 book YA sci-fi dystopian series about Human Genetic Engineering. I think the technology has incredible potential, but where do we draw the line? Do we strive for perfection? Will this tech be available for all? Or will only the rich be able to afford it? I was inspired by MT Anderson’s book FEED and an informational video about the future of Bio Chips. It was truly frightening. Now, I believe Bio Chip tech could be a wonderful technology to store data only. But the potential is there for it to become very invasive and privacy robbing.

My series deals with a future where people have surrendered all personal rights and freedoms for a Corporation that takes care of their every need. But for a price. You must obey the Vita BioGen Corporation at all costs. Do what the Corporations tells you. Think, act and dress the way the Corporation wants. Above all, you must obey the rules. For the price of disobedience is Termination (death).

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Reader Questions

What author would you geek out over if you met them in real life?

Stephen King (The Master of Horror)

As a reader, what about a book turns you away?

Excessive gore and violence (I don’t like gore either)

If you find you can’t get into a book, do you put it down or be a trooper and finish it?

I’m a trooper all the way. (There have only been a few that I haven’t been able to finish)

Do you stick to one genre or do you like to read around?

I definitely like to read in other genres.

Are you a book-in-your-hands reader, e-booker, or both?

Both. But if I had to pick a favorite: book-in-hand.

 

Random Questions

Favorite TV show?

The Walking Dead (Oh! We must chat more about this! Who is your favorite character?)

If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Since I’m a vegetarian that would be beans. They have the most protein.

What’s your favorite candy/dessert?

Pumpkin Pie (Do you make your own pie? Is there someone in your family who does? I love baking pumpkin pie!)

What band or musician can you listen to over and over again? You can list more than one.

Breaking Benjamin and Evanescence (Are you a pre-breakup Three Days Grace fan? I’m just curious?)

What is your dream vacation?

India. I want to spend a month living in an Ashram (holy place) and visiting all the temples in Tamil Nadu.

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Contact Information:

Author Name: Willow Anne Renner

Website: http://www.willowarenner.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willow-Renner/288927907916707?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WillowRenner

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9797903.Willow_A_Renner

Book Links:

The Seeker Must Awaken: Amazon     Barnes and Noble

Book of Shadows: Amazon     Barnes and Noble

 

Author Interview: Dark-eyed, Light-hearted A.G. Porter, Author of The Darkness Trilogy

J. Jeremy Hicks -- Author

For my first author interview in December, I have the pleasure of sitting down with A.G. (Amanda) Porter, indie author of The Darkness Trilogy. On her blog, she lists writing as her favorite past time; and in this writer’s fortunate experiences with Amanda, she makes a great beta reader and an even better friend. Like me, she grew up in the hilly countryside of Alabama, where she resides today with her husband, stepson, and self-described furbabies.

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Could you tell us about your journey to the exciting, fast-paced world of writing fiction?

Oh gosh, where do I start? As cliché as it sounds, I know it began when I was just a little girl and I watched my mom typing away at her typewriter. Yes, a typewriter. She would writer the scariest stories! She still does and I can’t wait for her to put them out for the world to read!

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How Has Your Monday Been?

Hey all! I haven’t posted since my October Blog Fest. Things have been pretty hectic. I tried and failed NaNoWriMo…don’t judge me! I have no idea why I even attempt that crazy thing every year knowing that October through December is way too busy for me! I supposed I just love the pain.

Anyway, I do have an interview coming up with the amazing Willow Renner. It will be posted soon so don’t miss out on that.

I have a Christmas themed posted coming up on December 17th. It’s part of month long blog tour with fellow authors. There will be prizes! It’s starts on the 12th and I’ll be sure to let you know where to go to get in on the fun.

Until next time!

~A