The release of Pirates & Swashbucklers, the anthology featuring my short story “Relvan’s Rescue,” quickly approaches. I’m not the only author with a tale of daring adventure included, however. I share the table of contents with several other names you may or may not know.
I wanted to discover more about my fellow contributors, so I asked them some questions and would like to share their answers with you over the next couple weeks while we wait for September 19th to finally get here. Today’s interview is with Vince Morgan.
When did you first realize you were a writer?
I’d say around seven years ago. I was about to retire from the practice of law, took some writing classes, and everything fell into place.
What authors influence or inspire you?
I add to that list all the time. But my top all-time favourites are, Robert Heinlein, Jim Butcher, and Richard Morgan (no relation).
What book(s) have you read more than once? What drew you back?
Neuromancer, Altered Carbon, and Starship Troopers. These books are like old friends. I enjoy spending time with them.
In 25 words or less, how would you define “pulp” as a genre?
Unapologetic adventure stories. The type of stories that you want to read when you’re stuck in an airport.
What made you decide to submit a story for the Pirates & Swashbucklers anthology?
Pulp Empire had already published a couple of my short stories so I had an idea of what they liked, and thought that I could write a story about pirates and daring do that would fit in with their new anthology.
How did you come up with the idea for your story? What is your writing process like?
I came up with the idea for my story from my reading of the the history of the buccaneers operating out of Port Royal, Jamaica in the sixteen hundreds. My writing process is pretty disorganized. While I admire authors who can plan everything out before they start writing, I just can’t do that.
Do you consider yourself a “pulp” writer? Why? Is there another genre you like to write?
Most certainly. I think my stories would have fitted right in with the sort of books that you would have found in drug stores across the U.S. and Canada in the thirties and forties. As far as other genres go, I think that I’ll stay away from true romances, but I’ll try anything else. My true love is science fiction of the ‘space opera’ variety.
Care to weigh in with your opinion of the e-book?
I’m an old guy, so, in a sense, I’m living in the future. The e-book, 3D printing, and the like, are going to take authors to exciting new places.
Where can someone find more of your work?
Pulp Empire Volumes Three and Four.
Anything else you’d like to tell us about your writing?
A couple of things. My short story “An Alien Initiative” will be appearing in an anthology entitled First Contact to be published by Red Skies Press, and another of my short stories, “The Art of Data Tri-so,” will be appearing in an anthology entitled Explorers: Beyond The Horizon to be published by The Dead Robots’ Society Podcast. I’m currently working on a novella and two of other short stories.