SIX PACK: EMERGENCE
A DRINK COULD CHANGE OR CONTROL YOUR LIFE
Debut novel for B.W. Morris to be released March 28
What if society was controlled by a drink, but there was another drink that might allow one to change the way things were? This is the question faced by Tyler Ward and his five friends in the new book Six Pack: Emergence.
Tyler is set to graduate from secondary school when he learns the truth about the nation of Novusordo and how the government controls the population. He and his five friends visit a professor’s house, consume another drink and gain strange powers. Now they find themselves part of a movement against the government and must learn to control their powers and how they might change society. But can they trust the movement… or even each other?
Six Pack: Emergence, a young adult, science fiction, dystopian novel is written by B.W. Morris, a longtime writer for small-town newspapers, though it took him a while to embrace his inner comic book geek and put his overactive imagination to work through novel writing. The novel, published by Clean Reads, is Morris’ debut work, the first in a planned trilogy.
Morris was born in Texas but grew up in Colorado. He has also lived in New Mexico and Oklahoma and currently resides in Kingman, Kan., a small community 40 miles west of Wichita. Morris is a member of the Kansas Writers Association and loves pizza, barbecue and a good breakfast burrito. He cites the likes of Greg Weisman, George Orwell, Suzanne Collins, Stan Lee and Conor Friedersdorf as inspirations for his writing.
Bob was cool enough to answer a few of my questions!
1. Why did you become an author?
I’ve been a newspaper writer for nearly 25 years but hadn’t given thought to fiction writing. That is, until I started embracing my inner geek and paying attention to how characters were developed in some of the TV shows I was watching. Young Justice was a show that particularly inspired me with my idea for a novel. Then when I read The Hunger Games, I had a greater idea for the novel I wanted to write. I spent some time jotting down ideas, but it wasn’t until early in 2015 that I sat down and wrote my first draft. It grew from there.
2. What is your favorite part of being a writer? (ie. plotting, editing, networking, creating and destroying lives)
I love coming up with characters and getting inside their heads. That was a challenge with my first book because I had to get inside the heads of six different characters. But I thought it was the best way to tell the story because it allowed me and readers to learn how these six friends perceived the situations before them.
3. What is your least favorite part of being a writer?
Editing! It can be a chore going over your own work, especially if you’re like me, the type of writer who sometimes is content with what I have written. But I’ve had to learn to be more critical of myself when I write these stories.
4. If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?
That’s tough! Tyler is the most like me, because of his curious nature, his intelligence and his hesitancy to take charge, even if he has some leadership qualities. But the other five characters whose heads I get inside, they each share a trait of mine. I guess if I was going to pick one of them, I’d probably go with Tyler, because he develops telepathy and other mental abilities that I think are fun to explore.
5. Do you have any quirks that you’d be willing to share with us?
Oh, I have a lot of those! Where would I start? I’m a daydreamer, I sing along to music while driving, I stumble over my words when I talk and I’m particular about how I eat certain foods. Though I imagine the daydreaming is a common quirk among writers!
Six Pack: Emergence will be released March 28 in ebook format through Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and iTunes. You may learn more about the book by visiting Morris’ blog at relaxingwithsixpack.blogspot.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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