Bob Morris is here with us today to talk about his new book series as well as his own five favorite books. First, here are Bob’s favorites:
1. The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton: I remember my sixth-grade teacher reading the book to the class and I was hooked on the story. I was more impressed to learn that Hinton wrote the novel when she was still in high school. She did a great job making the characters people you could relate to. I think she paved the way for a lot of young adult authors. Plus, the story holds up over time and its themes are still relevant today.
2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins: I watched the movie first, then ran across the book and bought it. Her novel inspired mine, largely because of the setting she used. But her book is so good because of how she makes you feel what Katniss is feeling and how good Collins is at building tension and making the book a page turner. The first time I read it, it was hard to put down, and that remains so when I’ve re-read the book.
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams: The novel arguably violates several rules that authors are told to follow, but Adams makes it work thanks to his wit and writing style. He does such a good job of giving the narrator a distinct voice, as much as he does with his characters. Plus, it’s hard not to sympathize with Arthur, who gets thrust into a situation he never expected to be in!
4. The Stand, Stephen King: What’s amazing about this book is how good King is at building up different charcaters and setting them on paths that bring them together to some degree. And he has a lot of characters to cover, but does a good job describing them and making most of them relatable. Also, you can tell King did his research about the layouts of various cities and towns… I used to live near Boulder, Colo., and was impressed wih how he accurately describe locations in that city.
5. 1984, George Orwell: This one still resonates with me, thanks to how Orwell builds his dystopian world and its effect on society. I think the themes he explored are still relevant today and, in many ways, his world building mirrors, to a degree, how our society has evolved. It’s another book that inspired my novel, in which I tried to find my own twist on Orwell’s concepts.
Thanks for sharing, Bob. Now tell us about your new book:
SIX PACK: EMERGENCE
A DRINK COULD CHANGE OR CONTROL YOUR LIFE
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.
Available now at Amazon: http://amzn.to/2nSNYMp
You may learn more about the book by visiting Morris’ blog at relaxingwithsixpack.blogspot.com or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.