Meet a Fantasy author from Australia ;-)
Hi, Chris, please take a moment to introduce yourself. What kind of things do you write?
Hi. I’m Chris, the author of the Portallas Fantasy/Adventure series of YA books. I’m from the UK originally, but have lived in various countries and have most recently made a home for myself here in Melbourne, Australia. The first book in the Portallas series is Forestium: The mirror never lies, and it’s my first foray into the world of serious fiction writing. I’ve written things like travel journals previously but have never tried on a full-blown work of fiction until now. So far, I’ve really enjoyed it and am well into book 2 in the Portallas series.
Congrats on the series.
What's the most exciting thing that's happened to you in the writing world? How about the real world?
In the writing world, the most exciting thing for me has been to see my first book published. In the real world, it’s a bit harder to answer, since I’ve led a fairly interesting life full of exciting things. I’ve traveled extensively and lived in multiple countries. During my travels, I’ve had several near death experiences, for example. I’ve experienced some of the most wonderful things the world has to offer, ranging from the Great Pyramids of Egypt to Fish River Canyon in Namibia, from the glaciers of New Zealand to the splendid isolation of Easter Island, from the castles and ruins of Western Europe to the majesty of Uluru in the middle of Australia.
What got you into writing?
Despite not enjoying writing at school, I’ve developed a love for the written word over the years. Whilst backpacking around the world with my wife, I would spent an hour or two every night writing up a travel journal of the days events. I found that I had developed quite a following of people that were really enjoying the writing. It was until quite recently, some 10 years after our travels had finished, that I thought I’d turn my hand to writing a piece of fiction.
Ha. I didn't like school writing either. I think part of my fiction writing sprang from a rebellion against the idea of dissecting every little bit of a story.
Do you believe in writer's block? What do you do if you encounter it?
Yes. In fact, I’ve had it several times already and I’m in the middle of another one at the moment. I find that inspiration will hit me very suddenly and I’ll just grab the laptop and start writing again.
Better keep the laptop handy then.
What's your current favorite book?
I don’t really have a current favourite. I’ve spent so much time in recent weeks and months publishing and promoting Forestium: The mirror never lies, that I’ve not really had much opportunity to sit and read something just for fun.
Sad but true. I've done little pleasure reading of late either, so I can relate to that.
Do the movies you watch go along with the things you read or are they completely different?
Actually, I don’t think they do. The movies I tend to watch are either comedy or block-buster action flicks. For books, I enjoy a good fantasy.
Do you have any links you'd like to share with us in case we'd like to get to know you better?
Series website: http://portallas.com
Chris's blog: http://portallas.com/blog
Goodreads author pg: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14880470.Christopher_D_Morgan
Goodreads series pg: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28601190-forestium
Thanks for sharing a little about yourself, Chris.