Friday, March 25, 2011

I Need Friends Friday: J. Lloyd Morgan

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's INFF guest is one of the distinguished Man Cave authors, the second to volunteer to be my Friday Friend.
"Author J. Lloyd Morgan is an award winning television director. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Communications and a minor in English. Morgan has lived all over the United States, but now resides in North Carolina with his wife and four daughters. He is currently working on a sequel to The Hidden Sun."
J. Lloyd Morgan can be found on the web at, at his blog and, of course, at the Man Cave Authors blog.

SME: Welcome to INFF!

JLM: Thanks for having me!

SME: Hey, any and all the Man Cave Authors are welcome at INFF any time!!

JLM: Are you sure? Some of them are pretty scary. I'm just sayin'

SME: I'm totally up for it.

JLM: You are a brave soul.

SME: When Dan Harrington was here a few weeks back, we discussed at length the various contributions y'all would make to a man cave. What would you bring?

JLM: I'm probably the wimpiest of the manly man. It comes from having 4 daughters and no sons, I suppose. I guess I tend to balance out the testosterone in the man cave. I'm like the softer side of Sears.

SME: We're not talking doilies and needlework, are we?

JLM: Oh dear, no. Just PG-13 movies and saying "excuse me" when I burp.

SME: Phew.
I must say, if any of y'all need a man cave, the guy with three daughters definitely does!

JLM: It's 4, but I tend to lose count too

SME: *looks excessively embarrassed* I only have two kids and I lose track of them.

JLM: It helps when you tie bells around their necks. Not saying that I've done that or anything. . .

SME: Whenever we go camping our kids are equipped with whistles around their necks in case they get lost in the forest. They can blow the whistle and we can find them. That only backfired once. Much lecturing followed.

JLM: Can I use that as a sub story in a future book?

SME: So long as the acknowledgments include something about "the genius of Sarah Eden." You may, of course, use your own extremely flattering wording.

JLM: I'll have to crack open my Thesaurus

SME: You can also include this tidbit: The last time we went to Disneyland, our kids had ID badges around their necks that said "Please return me to my parents, (then our name and cell numbers), because they really need the tax write off."

JLM: OK, that is most certainly going in a book somewhere. Though it may be tough in the genre I write.

SME: Perhaps I should hold on to some of these gems for myself. What was I thinking?!

JLM: No, by all means, keep spilling your guts. Really. It's ok.

SME: I'd rather you spill yours. You have a book coming out this summer with Walnut Springs. Time to brag, my new Friday Friend!

JLM: It's actually the second edition of The Hidden Sun, re-edited and and pretty. We are looking to add the first part of my second book as part of the second edition. That's a lot of "seconds," isn't it?

SME: So give us the quick low-down on The Hidden Sun, so the readers will be desperate to get their hands on it!!

JLM: It's an action / adventure / romance story in Medieval times. It's not fantasy, as there isn't any magic in the book. People are faced with choices and can't use magic or technology to save them. I think that has really been an aspect readers have liked.
Oh! And I have gotten hate mail!

SME: Oh, dear. Hate mail, huh?

JLM: The villain is really bad--like super evil. (In a PG-13 way). I've had many people tell me how much they hate him. Some have even tried to reach into the pages and choke him.

SME: Ah, the kind of hate mail authors covet.

JLM: But by the time they finish the book, all is forgiven--not in a way you expect though.

SME: Love it! Endings that aren't run-of-the-mill are my absolute favorite!

JLM: I promise you this: you will not see what is coming in this book

SME: Excellent.
So, a traditional INFF question: What's your favorite continent?

JLM: Europe. I've never been there, but it is the only one that doesn't start with an "A" so that makes it special

SME: So you are a proponent of unique endings AND beginnings.

JLM: And all the stuff in the middle too.

SME: So, I have a few questions for you that were posed by a class of 2nd Graders I got to visit today.

JLM: Yikes! I hope I'm up to it!

SME: We'll see...
From Kaylee "If you didn't write the kind of books you write, what kind would you write?"

JLM: Probably Sci-Fi. Or maybe, how to quilt. Granted, I've never quilted before. . . (Is "quilted" a word?)

SME: I'm picturing you setting up a quilting frame in the middle of the man cave. Not sure that would go over too well.

JLM: They would tease me, but on a cold night, then who would be laughing!

SME: This question is from Joey, "Why are some books bigger than other books?"

JLM: Because sometimes authors run out of words. It's sad, but it happens.

SME: From Annabell, "If you got a grade on your book, what grade would you get?"

JLM: If I graded it myself, an A-. If my wife graded it, probably a B+. If my creative writing teacher in college were to grade it, a B-. (No one was better than a B-)

SME: Okay, one more... From Matthew "Which is more important if you want to be a writer, reading a lot or writing a lot?"

JLM: Oh! Good question! I'd say reading a lot. An author is only as good as the words he knows. I probably read ten times more than I write.

SME: I thought those kids came up with some great questions.

JLM: Amen!

SME: So, you ready for your portrait?

JLM: You betcha! I loved what you did with Dan

*draws a portrait*

JLM: It's like looking at a photo! Spooky! I think I'll use that on the back of my next book as my profile pic.

SME: You absolutely should. Again, something in the acknowledgments about my immense talent.

JLM: How about: "To Sarah. Without you, I'd be just another person on a Friday with no friends

SME: Perfect. That should be cross-stitched and hung in the man cave. Just sayin.

JLM: I'll get right on that, right after I learn how to quilt.

SME: That brings us to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

JLM: 1. Sarah will edit all my typos and mistakes.
2. I got to do the interview at home in my man cave.
3. I got a new professional photo of me and all it cost was to give Sarah a credit in my next book.
4. I'm now thinking about taking up quilting for some reason.
5. 2nd graders ask awesome questions!

SME: Fantastic! Thanks for being my Friday Friend and best of luck to you with your release this summer!

JLM: Thanks for having me! It was a blast!

SME:*cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!


Angie said...

I'd love to see a quilt set up in the man cave. LOL. Congrats on the 2nd edition of The Hidden Sun. Maybe now my first edition will become a collectors item!

J Lloyd Morgan said...

Thanks again for the interview. It was so fun to do one off the cuff like that. Great idea!

Terry W. Ervin II said...

What...No Magic in your Romance Books? I thought love was magical ;)

Great interview.

Dan said...

Great interview! Sarah is so much fun. We're all proud of J Lloyd Morgan and his new deal with Walnut Springs!

Something tells me David J West would be the least keen on a Man Cave quilt, though, Morgan. I wouldn't mess with him.

J Lloyd Morgan said...

But what if I quilted a design of a sword impaling someone? Do you think West would go for it then?

Rebecca said...

This was hilarious. I'm so glad I just clicked "follow" on Jason's blog!


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