Hell dat? It’s Luke Morris!
This week’s Hell dat? Focusses on Luke Morris. Luke does a lot of podcasting when he isn’t doing his Mr Miyagi thing, and I was lucky enough to be interviewed by him. I say interviewed, it was more like two blokes nattering for two hours about horror and sport.
HELL DAT? The questions
FROM WHERE DO YOU HAIL?
Oak Park, IL – hometown of Ernest Hemingway, Frank Lloyd Wright, Edgar Rice Burroughs (creator of Tarzan), Ray Kroc (founder of McDonald’s), and Dan Castellaneta (voice of Homer Simpson).
WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT/WHAT WILL PEOPLE REMEMBER YOU FOR?
Hopefully something I haven’t done yet; I’m always looking to accomplish more tomorrow than I have in the past. I suppose I have done some cool stuff, though.
I helped save one of my friend’s lives when I was in grade school (received an award from the Village Council for that). I’ve taught martial arts to hundreds of students, several of whom have had to use their skills to defend themselves on the mean streets of Chicago, and many more of whom have fought in professional cage matches. I run podcasts and act on stage and do my best to make friends and build businesses and contribute wherever I can. As an author, I’ve published ten books, and plan to write and publish many more – hopefully one day to complete the #1 bestselling Great American Novel of legend.
Oh, and I’ve fathered a child. That task took the least work to initiate and the most effort to upkeep, but it’s totally worth it.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PAST TIMES?
Reading, writing, martial arts, sailing, improv, acting, podcasting, watching movies, hiking, skiing, traveling, and so on and so on and so on…
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE BOOKS / AUTHORS
J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, Robert Heinlein, Bruce Lee, Ayn Rand, Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Victor Hugo, Friedrich Nietzsche, Alan Moore, Tony Robbins, George R.R. Martin, Robert E. Howard, etc. Anything in fantasy, sci-fi, horror, philosophy, personal development, thriller, mystery, graphic novel, etc. – as long as it’s well-written and worth my time. My tastes are eclectic, if nothing else.
ELECTRONIC OR PAPER AND WHY? (this is open ended… I didn’t say what)
I prefer reading in paper – especially fiction books, as they’re easier to curl up with and bury my nose in. Still, my Kindle’s nice, in that I can get hundreds of books for much cheaper prices, and carry them with me anywhere I want to go. Kindle also has the advantage when I read non-fiction, since it saves and lists my highlights and margin notes in one convenient snapshot.
IN WHAT WAY HAVE THE ARC CHRONICLES INFLUENCED/AFFECTED YOU?
I’m about halfway through the first book, and so far it’s totally ruined my sleep. I love it. And as a horror author myself, I appreciate the wicked craftsmanship.
HELLDAT? FOOD! WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO EAT AND DRINK
Drink: bulletproof coffee, green tea, coconut water, red wine, Irish whiskey, IPAs and Fall/Winter ales.
Eat: sushi, Thai food, Indian food, Mexican food – but I’m pescatarian, so no meat (other than fish).
WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PEOPLE?
My Mom, my sister, my brother, my grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, my best friends from college, my students and training partners, and above all my niece, my nephews, and my son.
And Scarlett Johansson. Just because.
ELECTRONIC LINKS – A PICTURE, YOUR WEBSITE, YOUTUBE ETC?
This is me!
See my writing at http://lukejmorris.com.
Hear me on the Fun with Fiction podcast at http://funwithfiction.com (and iTunes!).
If you’re into martial arts and personal development, check out http://mindinmartialarts.com.
And don’t miss my Amazon profile: http://amazon.com/author/lukemorris.
Then there’s the social media stuff:
YOUR FAVOURITE MOTTOS/EPITAPHS/SAYINGS
Kick today’s ass. You’re going to fail anyway, so why not fail big?
And a few of my favorite quotes:
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“As I see it, a successful story of any kind should be almost like hypnosis: You fascinate the reader with your first sentence, draw them in further with your second sentence and have them in a mild trance by the third. Then, being careful not to wake them, you carry them away up the back alleys of your narrative and when they are hopelessly lost within the story, having surrendered themselves to it, you do them terrible violence with a softball bat and then lead them whimpering to the exit on the last page. Believe me, they’ll thank you for it.” – Alan Moore
“Be water, my friend.”
– Bruce Lee