About Perry Morris:
Perry was born and raised in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area. He is very happily married and has seven wonderful children and one grand-daughter. He works for a large, publicly traded, international company in Provo, Utah, where he manages the global supply chain.
His first exposure to the great world of fantasy literature was, of course, J.R.R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, when he was fourteen. After that he read the books of Patricia McKillap, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Stephen R. Donaldson, etc…
Currently his favorite fantasy author is Brandon Sanderson. He loves the unique and interesting magic systems he creates, the memorable characters and interesting stories.
Perry is an author every day for an hour during lunch and whenever he can find a few spare minutes during the day.
Perry is also a songwriter and performing musician. He has a recording studio in his basement and has released several CD’s over the years–you can find some of his music on his website.
Perry also loves to Ski and stay active. During the winter, you can often find him and his wife on the slopes of Park City, Utah.
What inspires you to write?
I have a burning desire for my stories to be shared and live on long after I am gone. I especially want my scions to have this legacy to enjoy for generations to come.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write everyday during lunch–it really bothers me when somebody tries to set up a lunch meeting for me, because that is my sacred writing time.
I do a lot of pre-writing work. I have character bios, spreadsheets of the fantasy world I have created with nations, histories, monetary systems, etc.. Of course, I also have outlines and summaries. All of this pre-writing work makes the actual writing of the story much simpler. Because I know the characters and the world so well, the scene’s practically write themselves.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think about my characters all of the time. I daydream about how they would react in a situation. I have pictures of them that I insert into their bio’s so I have a physical image of them in my mind. Because I have a detailed bio for them, complete with history, backstory, traits, etc… it is easy and natural for me to know how they will respond.
What advice would you give other writers?
Set aside an hour, everyday, for writing or your writing business. Then, be consistent.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have learned that preparation and consistency are the key to success. Do the hard work of preparation–learning from other, practicing the skill, developing characters and outlines, etc..
Be consistent and, over several years perhaps, your writing will become very good and you will have books to publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think books will become more and more interactive. As an epic fantasy fan and author, I love to see maps and images of the world I am discovering. In my ebooks I actually have a hyper link on my maps so people can click on it and go to a high resolution map on my website where they can really explore the world.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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