As an award-winning and -nominated writer, I have been living amongst the bears on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for the last eight years. Indiana University Press published my first book, The Train Of Tomorrow, in 2007.
1. Tell us about your latest book.
The Keys: The Textbook to a Successful Life is an easy-to-read and understand 80-page power-packed, life changer. It is about the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple and Smart) philosophy and talks about three major keys…thought, choice and action…plus a smaller secret key, and a set of lessons that will help you learn how to live a smarter, simpler and saner life. The book is under consideration for a 2009 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction and is up for two 2009 Nautilus Book Awards. There are several editions available including one in large-print, an e-Book and one called The Keys for Teens. Radio talk-show host, John Fleming called the book a condensation of the “Wisdom of the Ages in an easy to read book with a lot of clarity. The amount of wisdom is astonishing.” Don McCauley, Business Executive and Radio Host, says, “Whatever that elusive ‘it’ might be we collectively seek, Ric Morgan has found ‘it’. I am amazed at his ability to take complex roadblocks to success and offer simple, easy to understand solutions that can be implemented easily and immediately. Ric offers an easy, step-by-step approach. He is a consummate public speaker, motivator and teacher whose ability is to communicate to his listeners the simple keys of life. Pay attention to this man…” The book is published by SimpleWords Press.
2. How did you get started as a writer?
By accident years ago. It was never something I set out to do, but got caught up in it. As a matter of fact I hate to write, but for many, many years people have told me I was a good writer.
3. What does a typical day look like for you?
I have so many things I do besides write I don’t write everyday…only when I feel like it, even if facing a deadline for a magazine or newspaper article.
I have decided that I am going to change that. Monday and Tuesday, do the research, Wednesday and Thursday, write, and Friday, proof-read, edit and submit.
4. Describe your desk/workspace.
BIG desk, with an All-In-One (AIO) printer, talking book machine, 17” large screen laptop and a little space for the thing that wind up on my desk and need attention. I sit looking out a window at the surrounding mountains, noting the ever-changing weather and seasons.
5. Favorite books (especially for writers)
Anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and O. Henry.
6. Tell us 3 interesting/crazy things about you
I see the humor in EVERYTHING. I have a very odd sense of humor, and people laugh a lot of times at what I say when I don’t think it’s so funny.
I am held up, by many people, as someone very special, full of courage and wisdom, and yet, I see my self as a low-maintenance average guy.
I love to go naked. (Others don’t think so because I’m fat.)
7. Favorite quote
You are what you think about all day long. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
8. Best and worst part of being a writer
WORST – I hate writing.
BEST – I like the fame that has come to me as the result of it.
9. Advice for other writers
Write…write…write, and read, read, read writers you think do it well.
I don’t understand why people think it is so hard to figure out what to write about when there is so much going on in this world. Take a photo you like and write about what you see. Look at a house, or building, and write about what you think is going on inside. I have more ideas than I’ll ever be able to write about, and it should be that way with every writer.
10. Tell us a story about your writing experience.
There is nothing better than to get feedback from a reader of your book that says that what you wrote saved or changed their life…literally. To be able to reach out to someone who is in pain, or going through a difficult period in their life through your words on the written page, makes all the effort in writing and everything else associated with a book worth it.
Where can people buy your book?
The Keys: The Textbook to a Successful Life – http://thegreatkisser.com
Buy the book on the website ($10, autographed and shipped free) instead of Amazon ($15, plus shipping).
Blog – Just Some Thoughts (http://ric-morgan.blogspot.com) is going to gear up again on March 1, 2009.