When photographs of a missing Russian missile scientist show he is still alive, and a Soviet era nuclear warhead goes missing in Iraq, ex-marine Logan Palmer must track them both down before the Plutonium can be turned into a devastating, terrorist weapon. But, with thousands of lives at risk, Palmer doesn’t realise that the only person in the world he cares about is the one that’s in the most danger. Neither does he know whether he’ll survive long enough to save anyone.
When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m not a morning person so prefer to write in the afternoon or evening. I used to write in the spare bedroom, but I now have a log cabin / man cave at the bottom of the garden. That’s where all my writing gets done.
Do you need peace and quiet when you are writing?
I have a severe hearing loss and normally wear hearing aids but, if I’m sitting alone and writing, I don’t always put them in. Unfortunately, not wearing my hearing aids means my tinnitus is a lot louder. It’s hard to concentrate with a constant whistling in the middle of my head, so I tend to have some music or a TV on in the background. Even the muffled sound can help to mask the tinnitus a little.
If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
My teenage reading included a lot of novels by Gerald Seymour and Frederick Forsyth. I think having the chance to co-write a book with either of them would tick a few boxes on my bucket list. Another author in the same vein, who also had an influence on my writing, is Terence Strong. I recently got the opportunity to work with him on his new thriller, which was quite a surreal experience to say the least.
Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
My name has been used as a character in novels by M W Craven, Graham Smith, and Ann Bloxwich. I’ve died in two of them and am one of the good guys in another two. I won’t spoil things by saying which is which.
Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Stephen King. Anything I could learn from even a short interview would be worth its weight in gold.
Where can I find you when you are reading?
I could be anywhere. I’ve always got books downloaded to my phone app and dive in whenever I’ve got a few minutes spare. If I’m going to be spending a few hours reading, the new man cave is the perfect place.
Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
Normally watching a good film or some quality TV. Must have a good story to it though. If not that, then I’ll be listening to music. Probably Pink Floyd.
What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
There’s always a sense of achievement that an idea I had in the back of my head has become a fully-fledged novel. There’s also a little worry that no one else will think it’s any good.
How do you come up with a title for your book?
I have a notebook where I write down titles which I think I could use. Some come from quotes I’ve heard and some from songs. Others have been in my head for a long time and I’ve no idea why.
How do you pick a cover for your book?
That’s normally up to the publisher but, if I’m given a choice, I always look for something that is recognisable as a small thumbnail picture. It’s how most people will see it for the first time online.
About the Author
L. J. Morris was born in Cold War, West Germany, but grew up in the North of England. During his childhood, books were always an important part of his life. He read everything he could get his hands on but always found himself drawn towards the thriller genre. At 16, eager to see the world he had read about, he left school and spent most of the 80s and 90s serving in the Royal Navy.
After his military service, he continued to live and work across Europe, The USA, and Southeast Asia for several more years. It was during this time that his love of storytelling resurfaced. He jotted down ideas, using the locations he found himself in as a backdrop, and added in details from his own experiences to make the stories feel authentic.
He now lives back in the North of England, with his wife and two sons, where he still works in the defence industry. His short stories have appeared in several anthologies and the first of his Ali Sinclair thriller novels, Desperate Ground, was published in 2018 by Bloodhound Books. The sequel, Hunting Ground, followed a year later.