Name Kevin Morris
Where are you from I was born in Liverpool but have lived and worked
in London since 1994.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc I was born
in Liverpool on 6 January 1969. I have happy recollections of spending
many pleasant hours listening to my grandfather reading, everything
from the Famous 5 to Grim’s Fairytales.
I attended University College Swansea where I gained a MA in political
theory (I can see readers eyes glazing over already)!
I have lived and worked in London since 1994. Crystal Palace, where I
live is lovely and green. Its nice to escape from the hussle and
bussle of central London into the greenery of Crystal Palace.
I lost the majority of my vision as a child and write using Jaws
software which converts text into speech and Braille enabling me to
use a standard Windows computer.
I live independently and use a guide dog, called Trigger to assist me
in travelling in and around London.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I am looking forward to visiting my family in November. Other than that my time is divided between my full time job, socializing with friends and, of course my writing.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in 2012. I feel the writing itch and like all itches the only way in which to prevent it, is to scratch it. I feel that I have something to say and
putting it down on paper (albeit virtual paper) helps to stop the
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess when my first collection of short stories, “The First Time” appeared as an
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I read an article about how students and graduates in the UK where turning to sex work as a means of staving off financial hardship. I thought this would
make for an interesting story, hence the title story in my first
collection, “The First Time” in which Becky, a young graduate with a
first class degree in English literature becomes an escort in order to
clear her debts. The story explores the emotional and other effects of
Becky’s decision on her. Prostitution is frequently perceived as
something in which only the uneducated participate. I wanted to show
that the picture is more complex than this.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
No. I adapt my style to the story and the characters portrayed in it. So Peter (the teacher in my story “Samantha”) speaks as one would expect a middle-class
professional to communicate while Samantha’s brutal pimp, Barry speaks
like a man who has been brought up on the streets.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I have written several collections of short stories each with their own title. In terms of my first collection, “The First Time”, the title reflects the fact that
the story relates to Becky’s experiences as a first time escort (I.E.
the emotional and other effects of her decision to become a prostitute).
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to
I haven’t written a novel but it is my intention to pen one. As
regards my short stories, I write for the sheer love of writing. I
want people to enjoy my work and, hopefully to think about the issues
raised. However I don’t want to ram a message down anyone’s throat.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I researched the “First Time” and my other books so I hope that they reflect the reality of crime and prostitution (these being the main areas I write about).
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your
No, they are based on research combined with imagination.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Bradbury’s Fahrenheight 451 and Golding’s Lord
Of The Flies.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Dickens or Orwell (oops I think I just cheated)!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am rereading H G Well’s The Time Machine.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I enjoyed reading several of Kevin Cooper’s books including “The Devil’s
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am considering producing a print anthology of some of my stories and poems (they are, currently only in ebook format).
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family
Chris Graham who runs the Story Reading Ape’s blog.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
It is my full time occupation (daytime job), not writing which pays the bills. In the future I would like to make writing a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything
in your latest book?
I think that the answer is no other than perhaps the odd typo which, despite strenuous checking crept in.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I recall devouring books as a child but I have no recollection of wishing to
become a writer until very recently.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I have an idea for a dystopian novel but this is still very much at the thinking
stage. I would also like to write more ghost stories.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your
Juggling a full time job with my writing can be challenging.
By the time I return home in the evening I’m often tired and have to
motivate myself to begin writing. A cup of tea or coffee helps!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes
you about their work?
I have many favourite authors. I love Emily Brontae’s dark and brooding landscapes and the way in which characters such as Heathcliff reflect and are reflected back in the dark moors.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Mainly in my head. My story, “Samantha” is set in the city of my birth,
Liverpool. However coming from Liverpool I didn’t need to travel there
in order to write the story.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Apart from “The First Time” all of my covers are taken from the free covers offered by Amazon. The cover for “The First Time” was designed by the publisher.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
That I love writing and the creative process makes me happy. I also
learned the importance of taking breaks. Being tired leads to mistakes
so its important not to go at things like a bull at a gate, you need
to reflect and take breaks.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Believe in yourself. Listen to constructive criticism but never respond to trolls.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading my books. It is very much appreciated.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Apart from Janet and John the first book I remember reading was “The Story of Pets”. It was a braille book and reading it gave me tremendous pleasure.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Allo, Allo, the portrayal of the French Resistance, the Germans and the British is extremely funny. I cry when I read about man’s inhumanity to man.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Charles Dickens. I think he would be a fascinating author to meet
given his interesting life.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
“If there is an afterlife I am there. If not my essence is blowing in the wind”.
I think it would be profound.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I enjoy walking with my dog and socializing with friends. I am particularly fond of
traditional pubs. There is one near me, dating back to the 19th century with an open fire and a pub garden.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Inspector Morse, A Touch Of Frost and comedies such as Allo, Allo.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I am a huge fan of curry, particularly Indian curries. My musical tastes are diverse, ranging from Dido to REM. Having little sight I like bright colours such as
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Possibly a teacher.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? Newauthoronline.com