It is my pleasure today to introduce you to an author who has just released a brand new book, Karl J. Morgan. I’ll let him tell you about it in his own words as he interviews one of his characters.
Character Interview- Aida Whitehall
KM: Aida is an interesting name. Tell us a little about your background.
AW: Well, there’s not a lot to tell actually. I have no recollection of my birth mother or father. I was told that I was abandoned as a baby. Of course, I was put into foster care. When I was three, the dean of students at Thorndike adopted me and brought me to the school. Her name is Clarisse Whitehall. Since then, this place has been my home and life. Once I was old enough for school, I started my education here. I’m sixteen now. Sometimes I wonder what I’ll do when I finish my education here.
KM: How did you meet Carl Prescott?
AW: The Thorndike Academic Institution is an old and large school where the students live in dormitories. Since the students are so far from home and family, the headmaster assigns older students to look after the new arrivals and make certain they get settled into the routines. Headmaster Dorchester assigned me to watch over Grace, Burt, and Carl. Most of the dorms are broken into two-bedroom suites, so Carl and Burt are in the room across the hall from Grace and me.
KM: Thorndike is all about the students special talents. How are your talents doing?
AW: That is a sore subject for me, I’m afraid.
KM: Would you prefer to discuss something else?
AW: No, that’s okay. Mom always says it’s better to say how you feel than to hold it inside. Frankly, Mom has never really supported my abilities. She says my talents are middling at best. Perhaps she’s right, but it still is a mean thing to say. The only talent I know I have is the Succubus Talent.
KM: What exactly is that?
AW: The name comes from the mythological creatures known as an incubus or succubus. An incubus is male and a succubus is female. In those myths, the creature has sex with a person while they think they’re sleeping. The talent is a bit different though. It’s more like a love potion. With just a wink, smile, or touch, men become attracted to me. Whew! Perhaps you should ask Barbie about this. I’m a bit uncomfortable talking about it. I’m pretty shy, so I try not to use it. It is said that an expert succubus can enslave a man with a sensual kiss and even block parts of their memory. Let’s change the subject. I’m blushing already.
KM: Have you ever thought about finding your birth parents?
AW: I can’t say a whole lot about that because it is a key element of the book. One thing I did learn at the beginning of the story is that Burt Jackson is my brother by birth, and Professor Thorndike VII is my great grandfather.
KM: Interesting. What about that other Professor Thorndike?
AW: Eight? He’s a real jerk. He’s mean, arrogant, violent, and disrespectful. I don’t know if that was from his upbringing or because he’s just a bad seed.
KM: I think we might learn more about that in book three.
AW: Good, but don’t spoil it for our readers. There’s also the ongoing animosity between the two schools, you know, Thorndike and Masterson. Did you know some of the teachers think the two schools are training us to fight the ultimate battle between good and evil?
KM: Do you mean like Armageddon?
AW: That’s what I hear. I hope it isn’t true, especially since my talents are so mediocre.
KM: I agree one hundred percent. Barbie told me you found that hidden storage room in the Gratia Dei Hall.
AW: Yes I did. Until Carl, Burt, and Grace showed up, I didn’t have a lot of friends. Also, as dean of students, Mom is always working or teaching. That leaves me a lot of free time. Maybe it’s another talent, but I could just sense there was something on the opposite side of that wall. It took me a long time to figure out how to get inside. Sometimes when I’m alone or feeling vulnerable, I go there to be by myself. There are some amazing things in that room. I can tell you that!
KM: Would you like to offer any specifics?
AW: I’d love to, but that’s another big part of the plot.
KM: Thank you for your time, Aida.
AW: You’re quite welcome. What can you tell me about books two and three?
KM: Carl Prescott and the Demon Queen is out for editing. I can say that is one of my favorite stories yet. It really exposes my view of reality and faith. Carl Prescott and the False Universe is still in rewrite mode. I have just started a fourth book, but it’s too early to know if I’ll finish it and what the title will be. Thank you for asking.
Karl Morgan Bio
With a long career in finance and as author of almost twenty books, I like to say that words and numbers are my life.
I have had a lifelong fascination with stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres, whether it was the Tom Swift novels by Victor Appleton I read as a young boy, or television like Lost in Space and Star Trek. More recently, I have devoured film series like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings. That fascination is combined with a keen interest in cosmology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and spirituality.
That quirky combination along with the fantasy genre allows me to craft stories that reinforce the importance of family, friendship, and love. The protagonists must overcome incredible danger and challenges to survive their journeys, but eventually end up on top. It goes without saying that as a finance guy, my life has been less action-packed than my characters (thank goodness).
With Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One, I ventured back to comfortable territory. Many of my stories reinforce our direct connection to the Divine. While that is an element of this story, the sequels feature that relationship to a much greater extent. That element in my stories is an homage to what I believe really matters in this life.
I am the son of an Air Force pilot and as such, I have lived in many places, never for more than four years at a time. Thankfully, as an adult, I have lived in Chula Vista, CA for the past thirty-seven years. I met and married Aida, the love of my life, thirty years ago. Our grown children have made us grandparents four times over. It is a blessing to be around such wonderful parents and children.
My new goal is life is my stories. I hope you can follow me on this new adventure.
Karl Morgan Social Media and Contact Links:
Book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07L7HHNB3
Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Karl-Morgan/e/B00A57RWPO
Twitter handle: @karljmorgan
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