I am thrilled to host RRBC member Karl Morgan today on The Indie Spot. Karl is the author of several science fiction and fantasy novels. He has a brand new release entitled Carl Prescott and The Sleeping One available now!
Take it away, Karl. . .
Character Interview- Carl Sandberg Prescott
KM: Thank you for joining me today, Carl.
CP: My pleasure. Since you created me, I thought this is the least I could do.
KM: Tell our audience a little about yourself.
CP: I suppose that I’m your typical fourteen year-old kid. My school put me into the advanced group, so I guess that means I’m pretty smart. My dad works for the government and my mom is a housewife. They met when they both worked in the same government agency. That’s about it.
KM: Why did you want to go to the Thorndike Institution?
CP: In the beginning, I didn’t want to go. I was very happy at home and school. Grace was my only friend, but I was okay with that. Then Burt and his mom moved into the area and suddenly I had two friends. That incident with the skunks really changed things. That’s when I learned that Grace and Burt had these amazing talents. I also found out that their families were afraid of their own children due to those talents and would likely send them to Thorndike. That meant that my only friends would be gone. If that wasn’t bad enough, my mom decided she’d like to rejoin the government. Then I’d be truly alone.
KM: Do you think your mother would abandon you like that?
CP: No, but she would be sad not being able to pursue her passion, and I would still have no friends. When Director Winston tried to arrest the three of us, we had no other choice.
KM: Carl, you talked about your friends’ talents. What can you say about your own?
CP: Until the skunk incident, I didn’t think I had any talents. Headmaster Dorchester and Professor Donnelly both told me I have very strong abilities. I guess we’ll know what’s true by the end of the book.
KM: That is certainly true. The book title include the phrase “The Sleeping One.” What does that mean?
CP: I first heard about that from Aida, although the professors say it’s a myth. Frankly, I’m not sure. Supposedly, a person’s soul can be removed from their body and hidden away. The person is alive, although they seem dead. It sounds grotesque. I mean, how could a person do that to another? It’s too horrible to believe. I’d say more but I think the story explains it in a lot more detail.
KM: That is certainly true. Tell the readers a little about the women in your life.
CP: You know I’m only fourteen, right? I suppose you mean not including my mom and other relatives.
KM: Yes, please exclude family. I only ask as it forms a strong thread in the plot.
CP: Well, I’ve known Grace Mulligan most of my life. She lives just across the street from my house. She kisses me for the first time in Chapter One. When we got to Thorndike, Aida Whitehall was made our guardian, which means she helps us get oriented into school routines. She is always super nice and very cute too, but you know she’s a couple of years older than me. There’s another girl I meet named Barbie. She’s older as well, but seems very interested in me. I never understood why. Anyway, with the three of them, I definitely have my hands full trying not to hurt anyone’s feelings.
KM: If you had to pick your top three moments in the book, what would they be? Try not to give too much away.
CP: Wow! That’s a big order. It was such a wild ride. The most amazing part has to be meeting Manny. I never thought that could happen to me. I wasn’t even sure he existed until he walked into the room. Second would be when Aida came to me when I was passed out in the woods. Third, riding the deer. There were so many happy moments and quite a few unpleasant ones as well.
KM: Are you ready to see what happens in Carl Prescott and the Demon Queen?
CP: Absolutely, although the idea of a demon queen is pretty horrifying.
KM: Just wait until you discover the Rope Bridge. Thanks for sharing your story with us today.
CP: You are quite welcome, and thank you for writing about me.
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.
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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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