About Stephen Morris:
Stephen has degrees in medieval history and theology from Yale and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Academy. A former priest, he served as the Eastern Orthodox chaplain at Columbia University. His previous academic writing has dealt primarily with Late Antiquity and Byzantine church life.
He is also the senior Project Leader of Inter-disciplinary.net and organizes annual conferences on aspects of the supernatural, evil and wickedness, and related subjects. It was an I-D.net project that took him to Prague for the first time in 2001 and he immediately fell in love with the city! He has been back many, MANY times!
Stephen, a Seattle native, is now a long-time New York resident and currently lives in Manhattan with his partner, Elliot.
Please see Stephen's website for more information on upcoming novels and his most recent blog posts.
What inspires you to write?
I love to tell stories, to transport myself and my readers to a place where the impossible can happen. I am a storyteller at heart who wants to nourish the inner life of my readers and listeners.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Jim Butcher, Kate Griffen, Mike Carey, and Tolkein.
Tell us about your writing process.
I outline a lot but sometimes I have to hand over control to my characters and let them tell me how to get from here to there.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
It’s important to me that a character tells me what s/he would or would not do. If I don’t listen, the story suffers.
What advice would you give other writers?
Persevere! No one gets anywhere without perseverance!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
About the time I was submitting my first novel to agents, the NYTimes had a series of articles about the changing nature of self-publishing and how any new author needed a self-published track record before a legacy publisher would consider their work.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s always changing and growing!
What genres do you write?: Urban fantasy and supernatural thrillers
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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