Tee Morris began his writing career with his 2002 historical epic fantasy, MOREVI The Chronicles of Rafe & Askana. In 2005 Tee took MOREVI into the then-unknown podosphere, making his novel the first book podcast in its entirety. He won acclaim and accolades for his cross-genre fantasy-detective Billibub Baddings Mysteries, the podcast of The Case of the Singing Sword winning him the 2008 Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama.
2011 marks Tee's return to fiction with his madcap steampunk adventure, Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, written with Pip Ballantine and released by Harper Voyager.
And now, by your command...
15 Questions with Tee Morris:
1. What is your favorite word?
"Enigma. (The word just evokes mystery.)"
2. What is your least favorite word?
"Nigger. (The hatred behind the word just makes me cringe. I find the word utterly repulsive.)"
3. What decision in your writing career do you regret most?
"Writing the Social Media how-to books. I did two for podcasting, two for Twitter. I honestly thought they would open doors for me, and I kept getting passed over for speaking events (and even professional jobs) for fly-by-night Social Media Snake Oil Salesmen and the like. The years and the efforts I put into those books could have been spent in fiction."
4. What decision in your writing career are you most thankful for?
"When I said in 2004 to Evo Terra and Mike Mennenga "Guys, I got an idea. I want to podcast my first novel."
5. What turns you on creatively, spiritually, emotionally?
"Music. The natural splendor of the world around us (like a gorgeous sunset, the Natural Bridge of Virginia, etc.). Friends."
6. What turns you off creatively, spiritually, emotionally?
"Politics and the backbiting nature of it. The hypocrisy is sometimes too much to stomach."
7. What is you writing ritual?
"I select a playlist on iTunes, fire up Scrivener, and then I start working. Usually the music fits the mood of the scene."
8. What sound do you love?
"My child, laughing."
9. What sound do you hate?
"My child, crying."
10. What was the closest you ever came to giving up writing?
"When I thought I was facing some close calls, I found something to keep me going. Writing is a part of me that, when I don't do it, I feel "off" in some way."
11. What is the strangest thing you have ever done while writing?
"It's something I tend to do, if I ever need to take a moment's break. I'll crank up the music and start grooving a bit. If I'm feeling festive, I'll have a glass of wine in my hand when I do it."
12. What is your favorite curse word?
"Seriously. The word "Cunt."
When you call someone THAT, it is a point of no return. You have only one direction left when the C-bomb is dropped. It is a commitment.
Two enter the octagon. Only one will leave."
13. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
"I did that already. I was a professional actor. A part of me still enjoys performance when I podcast, but acting and writing are two professions that have a lot in common with one another."
14. What profession would you not like to do?
"Pretty much, any job seen on Dirty Jobs."
15. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
"Hi, Tee. You did good. Real good. I'm proud of you."
Wow! I can't believe you did ALL 15! An amazing author and a gentleman to boot, Tee gave me a HUGE portion of his time and I cant thank him enough. If you'd like to know more about illustrious Tee Morris surf over to http://ministryofpeculiaroccurrences.com or drop him a tweet at TeeMonster on Twitter.
And we close yet another interview! I really hope you enjoyed it and be on the lookout for tomorrow's interview with model and actress Mara Marini!