Hello, and welcome to “WHO’S ON THE SHELF?” with yours truly, Nonnie Jules! Since we are a book club, you know we had to offer something that included a bookshelf. A lot of interviews merely cover an author’s work or an individual’s career stories. Here on this “SHELF,” we get down and dirty and ask the questions no other interviewer dare ask. We ask the questions that you want to open up a book and find the answers to on your favorite authors and fellow book club members, but, no one has dared to cover them. We get personal! Because, when you sit on this “SHELF,” YOU are an open book! Even if I have to pry you open!
Today, we have a very special guest on the SHELF with us, RRBC member, KARL MORGAN! We have been celebrating him for the last full month and today, he gets to sit on the shelf with me!
NJ: Before we get started, how do you like the design and feel of my new shelf, Karl? We updated it in 2017 and in all honesty, I can’t recall any accidents lately, so I think this redesign is working. Are you comfy?
Karl: It’s super comfy on the shelf and thanks for asking.
NJ: Let’s start by confirming whether or not your author name is your birth name or a pen name:
Karl: My real name.
NJ: Tell us where you were born? Do you still live there now? If not, what city and state are you calling home these days?
Karl: As an Air Force brat, I was born at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, but now live in Chula Vista, California, which is a suburb of San Diego.
NJ: Oh, WOW! I live in Louisiana, Karl, raised here, although I was born a Texan. So, are you married or single? We have some single ladies who’d like to know. 🙂
Karl: Divorced (sigh).
NJ: Ladies, the door is open and you may come a’courtin Mr. Karl! Any single ladies?
Karl, any kids? What kind? Do you like them?
Karl: One of each. Both have long ago fled the nest and have given me four grandchildren. I love them both, although they don’t communicate with me much.
NJ: Well, Karl…that makes me sad to hear. I wish for you more communication with your kids. Now, since you shared that, I’m afraid to ask this question but Wendy insisted that I did. 🙂 If you’re not there already, when you’re old and cranky, which one will keep you at home to care for you themselves, and which one started seeking out the A PLACE FOR MOM & DAD franchise facility in your area when they were 9?
Karl: Well, I am old and cranky, but still working full-time. I’m not counting on either to take me in, unless their inheritance depends on it (which it might).
NJ: If the threat of withholding the inheritance works, then I say use it! Any pets? What kind? They act like kids, too, so I have to ask the same question…do you like them?
Karl: I have a toy poodle named Chachis, who is thirteen years old, and my best friend. We’re like an old married couple now.
NJ: Uh, oh. All you single ladies, Beyonce especially – back away from the Karl. I opened the door before I knew the full circumstances surrounding his single-dom. Now that that situation is clear, Karl, what’s the food that’s so good to you, you go to bed dreaming about it, and you forego breakfast just to get to it?
Karl: Double doubles from In-n-Out Burgers. I don’t eat them very often though.
NJ: I’ve never eaten them but boy, you have put me in a burger mood now! I need to move away from this conversation in a hurry. What’s your favorite color:
Karl: Green (like money)
NJ: Well, OK! Good color. How about your favorite sport…
Karl: NFL Football
NJ: Favorite TV Show…
Karl: It was “The Big Bang Theory” but it just ended. Probably “The Greg Gutfeld Show” on Fox. Comedy is my thing.
NJ: (I sure hope it’s Wendy’s thing) Favorite Actress/Actor…
Karl: Liam Neeson in action flicks.
NJ: Oh, yes, Liam and I go wayyyyyyy back. I’ll tell him you’re a fan the next time we brunch? Do you like to exercise to stay fit OR do you not mind walking around with a beer belly?
Karl: I need to do more (like most folks), but dog walks are my main exercise nowadays.
NJ: Well, the good thing about dog walks is they never hurt anybody and they always make for happier dogs!
What’s your biggest pet peeve that makes you want to spit nails? (For the record, NJ does not condone violence, but she does believe in being honest, so she admits that there are those times and there are those people, who do cause her to want to spit a few nails in the direction of their foreheads. Hey, just being honest. It’s the only way I roll).
Karl: The driver of the car in front of me at the stoplight looking at their phone rather than the lights.
NJ: Karl, was that you honking at me on Pine Hill Rd. this morning? Gee wiz! Some of you are just so impatient! If I drive and text, you folks aren’t happy. If I sit at the green light and text, you still aren’t happy. So, are you neat or messy? And, which one makes you happy, darn it?
Karl: I am de-cluttering my life now. I tend to be a bit messy, but have less and less stuff to make a mess.
NJ: Sounds like you’re working on a good plan. Are you nice or mean? Is that your perception of you, or is that what others think of you?
Karl: I think I’m nice, although I cannot know what people say behind my back. Many people tell me I’m nice, but they could be lying…
NJ: Karl, I think you’re awesome-tastic! And God knows I’m telling the truth! Facebook or Twitter?
Karl: Facebook to keep up with family and friends. Twitter for my literary works and especially for the Rave Reviews Book Club.
NJ: Well, that’s nice to hear! Karl, we’ve come to realize that the internet is giving way to tons of budding friendships. Who would you say is the one person you’ve connected with the most…your internet BFF or buddy?
Karl: I’ve reconnected with several former coworkers who share my political and social beliefs. But I am not an outgoing person, which makes it more difficult.
NJ: Awwww, Karl. You can be my BFF. How does that work for ya? Who is the one person that you’ve met online who makes you laugh the hardest?
Karl: I didn’t meet her online, but my ex is always sharing videos and posts she receives (all in Spanish). In Latin countries, political correctness does not exist, thank goodness. Being silly is a good thing.
NJ: Are you in a Latin country?
NJ: We all know that Wonder Woman has her truth lasso and Nonnie has…well, just her truths, in the no-nonsense way she forces us to be honest and tell it like it is, whether it makes others uncomfortable or not. In your opinion, which one does a better job of making the world a better place? You can be honest here, too.
Karl: I have to admit that as a young man, I did have a crush on Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman. Plus, the opportunity to fly in an invisible plane would be awesome! However, unlike the actress, Wonder Woman is fiction. Nonnie is real and your hard work to create and build our club is making a difference in my life in the real world. Nonnie wins, hands down!
NJ: So, glad I’m you’re favorite! ONE good INDIE book you’ve read written by an RRBC member that was so good you wished the entire world would read it:
Karl: Legend of the Walking Dead by Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko
(Visit Joy’s Author Page to learn more about this book)
NJ: What was so great about it?
Karl: I have a fair amount of international experience, and have always enjoyed learning about the culture and world view of people from other places. Joy’s story explained so much of the Nigerian cultural experience that I was blown away. Understanding other people’s background and world view is the key to getting along.
NJ: I’m sure Joy will love that you mentioned her book! After you read books, do you post reviews?
Karl: Almost always. If I read something awful, I might not write a review. I once read a very long book by a Spanish author. She had the book translated into English, and the translator did a terrible job. I reached out to the author and explained the situation. She was outraged of course. I thought it would be wrong to slam the writer when the translator was to blame. Of course, none of that happens with RRBC authors.
NJ: That’s why her book is probably still sitting, not being purchased, read and reviewed. Karl, what do you think readers should base their reviews on?
Karl: Books are more about an impression than a series of chapters. How the book made me think or consider different points of view. If I enjoy it, that’s half the battle. If my attention is held to the end, and I feel good, it’s going to be a great review.
NJ: Are you one of those who are afraid to be honest in their reviews lest the author gets upset with you, or is honesty your best policy, especially in reviews?
Karl: I try to be honest. I have personally had horrible and fabulous reviews on the same book I wrote. Well, folks are different. I never argue with reviewers. They are entitled to opinions (no matter how much I want to punch them). When I get positive reviews, I will “like” them.
NJ: I know. A true mark of a professional in this industry is to not respond to reader reviews. No matter how bad it is, merely thank them for reading. I’m all for punching these haters or poor reviewers, by the way, Karl – just so you know which end of the spectrum I’m on. Read any poorly written books lately?
Karl: The book by the Spanish author I noted was the last one. Now, I primarily read RRBC books, and have not yet come across something poorly written.
NJ: How many poorly written books have you read that you gave high marks to in your reviews when you knew they were horrible reads? Be honest, I won’t ask you to name the books here in public.
Karl: I would never do that. The most I’ll do is not review it. I know authors dream about getting reviews, any reviews. Being snarky only adds to their review count.
NJ: Are you an author? Are you a good one? C’mon, we love honesty here.
Karl: I am an author, and I think a good one. My editor recently said I was a great storyteller. That made me feel good, but I realize I pay her to work for me.
NJ: Right. How long have you been writing?
Karl: My first book was originally written (but not published) 30 years ago. I have been actively writing since 2012.
NJ: Are you able to take constructive criticism of your written work?
Karl: I have received a snarky review or two, so I would say yes. Constructive reviews are great, but I also know everyone likes different things. If I am criticized for grammar, I can take that. If someone just hates it, “I say okay, what’s next?”
NJ: Name two books that you’ve written?
(Visit Karl’s Author Page to learn more about these books)
NJ: Which one do you think is the best?
Karl: I always think the most recent story is the best, so I’d have to say Demon Queen. The love story twist and cosmology were fun to write about.
NJ: OK. Do you have a blog or website? I love GREAT blogs, so would you say that yours is written well enough for harsh critics like me to enjoy?
Karl: Yes, it’s www.karljmorgan.com. I can’t say it’s great, but I do what I can.
NJ: Well, Karl, if you can’t say that it’s great, I’m going to need you to lend some heavy focus to it until it is. Which online resource or organization has helped you as an author the most?
Karl: Clearly the Rave Reviews Book Club.
NJ: How has RRBC helped you?
Karl: I’ve read a number of stories about how authors need a tribe. While I work to develop a tribe of readers, RRBC is my real tribe. I love to support other authors and read their books. Of course, the support and kinship I receive in return is awesome. I feel at home in the club.
NJ: That’s exactly how we want you to feel, Karl – like you’re surrounded by family that you actually like. Since you’re sitting on the SHELF, you’re obviously a RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member, any other thoughts about the club?
Karl: This club is the best! There are so many forums to participate in. I enjoy being part of the Tweet Support Team. Hosting guest blog posts helps me learn about my fellow members. We all need a place to belong, and RRBC is where I belong.
NJ: Have you come across any other online entities like it?
Karl: I have found other online entities, but they are not like RRBC. While people can share their works and progress, that’s about it. At RRBC, you join a family of new friends who love and support your work. RRBC is the bomb!
NJ: RRBC is the bomb.com, Karl, and I’m always happy when others recognize what I’ve always known. Would you recommend it to your friends and family?
Karl: Yes. Unfortunately, my family members aren’t big readers (not even my books). But I love to shout out to the online universe about the club.
NJ: It’s not uncommon for the great majority of our readers to come from outside our blood-families but that’s OK. That’s why we’re here! What’s your most favorite program or place here within RRBC? (#PUSHTUESDAY, RAVE WAVES shows, Block Parties, Writers’ Conference & Book Expos, BOOKS OF THE MONTH discussions, “ON THE SHELF” interviews, etc.)
Karl: I love the Rave Waves Shows, but often can’t be on them at work (our Internet isn’t that great). I try always to participate in the Books of the Month discussions. I also like to support the Conference and Book Expo to help make sure everyone has a good time.
NJ: Well, Karl, we certainly appreciate supporting the way you do to ensure that everyone has a good time. You are one of our most awesome supporters!
This shelf is getting hard on my hiney, so we’re going to wrap this interview up. Any final words for our listening audience today?
Karl: It’s been a great honor to share the shelf with you today, Nonnie. Thank you for the invitation and especially for your hard work and dedication to the Rave Reviews Book Club. You are the best!
NJ: Karl, thank you so much for joining me here today and thank you for being such a supportive member, the route that landed you in this beautiful hot seat this month.
To my guests, please pick up a copy of either of Karl’s books. Please be sure to visit his AUTHOR PAGE and leave him a comment or just strike up a conversation. We need to make him more out-going like the rest of us!
Have you joined RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB yet? Well, here’s your chance! And, since Karl was on the “SHELF” today, tell them he sent you.
Until next time, take care. We’ll see you in September, right here on the “SHELF” with another INTERESTING GUEST!!