Geoffrey Morris is a 10 time award-winning author. He has garnered much acclaim for his debut novel, Tomorrow’s End. He not only won a prestigious Dragonfly book award, but a Feathered quill and received multiple 5 star reviews from many websites. He was a philosopher and a graduate from seminary studies before taking writing courses in college.
Hi, G.R. Welcome to Reader Views. What is Tomorrow’s End about?
The first book is about the beginning of all things. It’s about an ordinary kid burdened with the responsibility of preventing everything becoming nothing.
What inspired you to write this story?
My stupid, stupid brain.
When did you start writing and what got you into the sci-fi genre?
Tomorrows End was first birthed from my mind in high school many, many years ago. It began as a single story around 700 pages. Obviously it has evolved since then.
Your first book! How long did it take to write?
Over 20 years. Yep. I thought I might never get this done.
How did it feel when you first held a copy in your hands?
I was like “Oh thank god. I can move on from this one.”
I noticed on your website you label your work as Philosophical Fiction. What does that mean to you?
It’s branding. It has to do with my books I will be writing. They will be fiction that will have deeper philosophical meaning attached to them in some way.
What can you tell us about Kevin, your lead character and Robert, his mentor?
Kevin represents the sort of every man and the “Watson” while retaining enough uniqueness as to not be blank slate or boring. He’s also the sort of Jesus character in the story. Robert is supposed to be sort of the metaphoric “god the father.” Obviously as to not be too blasphemous all of this is metaphor, and fictional. I can’t stress that enough.
I love the names of your characters – so atypical for sci-fi. What pulled you toward using ordinary names like Kevin and Robert?
Every superhero has an ordinary name like Clark and Peter. This story is not that much different. Besides, (without giving anything away) Peoples names are simply a label your birth parents gave you. What if you had a “real” name you selected for yourself?
What kind of research was involved in writing Tomorrow’s End?
Years of philosophical study and looking into comparative religion.
Do you let your characters dictate the story or do you map things out first?
The ending of my stories are mapped out because I already know how my characters would have chosen to get there. I sort of figure out the paths along the way.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
How difficult it was to get it right and how much editing it took.
How does Tomorrow’s End stand apart from other books in the genre?
I don’t know of any book that has the sort of ideas that mine has. To be honest, why would they? Some of the premises of the ideas sound absurd at first.
What kind of feedback have you received on Tomorrow’s End?
Mostly good. I think as long as people remember this is a work of fiction it should mitigate some of the issues. Obviously I had to take some liberties with some religious notions in order for the story to happen.
Tell us about the amazing cover art! How did you come up with the idea? Did you work with an illustrator?
I basically just thought up some elements that would look cool and combined them into the image. I designed everything. All of the ideas are mine. Everything to the last detail. I also worked with multiple people including other illustrators to get it right.
What do you like to read?
Lately it’s been about how to write correctly. I wouldn’t say I exactly “enjoy” reading. I was never much of a reader. I can appreciate that books have the ability to convey information in a way film cannot.
Tell us about your writing schedule. What is a typical day like?
My typical writing schedule right now? To do everything except write. I’m in a period of my life right now that I just don’t have much time. That will change though.
What do you love most about being a writer?
Telling stories. I have so many ideas that I wish to convey on the page. There are a lot of things I had to cut out from the first book that I will eventually put in somewhere.
What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
I’m typical. I enjoy video games, working out, and traveling.
What’s next? Are you writing another book? What can you share with us?
The Tomorrows End is the backbone of the universe I am building. There will be other books about other characters. The book of Wildfire is probably next. Her insanity is fun to write, so I think I’m probably going to do her story.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received, about writing, or about life in general?
This is what stuck with me: “Never answer questions about what your book means, you will always disappoint someone.” I think this is pretty good advice. Let people interpret the book in the way they want.
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