By: T.H. Morris
His life is forever altered when Jonathan, an enigmatic figure who literally appears from nowhere, tears asunder his illusions about humans using only ten percent of their brain. Jonah discovers that he is an Eleventh Percenter, an ethereal human that has access to a portion of their brain called The Eleventh Percent, which grants him the ability to communicate with spirits and influence the spiritual world itself (a practice known as ethereality). He learns that he is not alone in having access to spirits when he meets fellow Eleventh Percenters who, like him, have to continuously hone the gifts they possess while remaining integrated within the world of Tenth Percenters (non-ethereal humans.) Jonah must also contend with an Eleventh Percenter on the other side of the equation, who has his own schemes and motives for the spiritual world.
Follow the journey of Jonah Rowe as he goes from unmotivated accountant to the centerpiece of a spectral battle in this new breed of ghost story!
About the Author
My love for fiction spilled over into my childhood. My imagination was well stoked. To this day, I remember setting up my action figures specific ways, with explanations and background info to justify the reasoning they were positioned so. I guess even back then, you could say I was creating characters and backstory.
I think the bug to actually write a book of my own happened in the fourth grade. We had an assignment to make nine-ten page "books" which were actually pieces of notebook paper bound by construction paper and yarn. We had to read these stories to the other fourth grade class. I did that, and loved it. I loved for people to hear my words, thereby share my vision. It lit something in me, however faint it may have been at the time. But it sparked then and never left. Throughout my adolescence and years at undergrad, many ideas swirled about in my head, but none could actually be turned into full books. In 2010, I attempted to write a book, but abandoned it unfinished. In early 2011, I had an uninterrupted, seven-hour dream that I recounted to my wife after we were awake. When I was finished, she said flat-out, "That needs to be a book." So I set to work, not having a concrete, rigid plan and allowing the story to lead, guide, and sometimes, throttle me. The result was The 11th Percent. While I was in the process of writing it, it became crystal clear that that dream had no plans to be contained in one book, so what was initially The 11th Percent has become the The 11th Percent Series. I put pen to pad and let it guide me.
Creating these people and situations is one of the most wonderful things imaginable. I am in this for the long haul. I love breathing life into my creative visions, and am thrilled and excited to share those visions with all of you.
For information on anything involving my books, check me out at http://11thpercentseries.weebly.com
Q&A with T.H. Morris
Just about anything that I see. Since I had the seven-hour dream for the series that I’m currently writing, it seems like the least little thing will inspire me. The sun setting a certain way, a random conversation or event…you name it.
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
The fourth grade. My teacher, Miss Joyner, assigned us the task of writing these nine to ten page “books,” which were simply notebook paper bound with construction paper and yarn. Once we’d written them, she sprung on us that we would be reading them to the other fourth grade class. When I read my little story, a bunch of the kids loved it. That planted the seed in me, and it never left me.
If you could not be a writer, what would your choice of profession be?
Being involved in any kind of outreach programs, or heading a creative writing class.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I usually write during the morning. It’s the quietest, and the time where there are the least amount of distractions. Also, my mind is usually its freshest from the dream state that I’ve just left by waking for the day.
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I do about 2500 words a day, and I try very hard not to rise until that goal is met.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I would much rather see where the ideas take me. They often wind up at some interesting and thought-provoking destinations! I write by the seat of my pants most of the time, and I am happy to say that I am never, ever disappointed.
Tell me about your book, The 11th percent?
The 11th Percent is a paranormal story that takes place in North Carolina. It follows the adventures of everyman Jonah Rowe, who is a bored, unfulfilled, and listless accountant who has literary aspirations. He simply wants his life to mean something. He is about to get his wish in a very rude fashion; he discovers that he is at the epicenter of an ongoing ethereal conflict.
Tell me a little bit more about your main character? What does he do that makes him unique?
Jonah is an everyman. I did that by design. He isn’t ripped, doesn’t have a washboard stomach, and isn’t a womanizer. He’s a normal guy soldiering through life, trying his best to make it in a world that he just doesn’t fit. What makes him unique to me is that it is his normalcy that is endearing. He has to learn new things about himself and about the true world that are simply difficult to compartmentalize into his prior realm of understanding. But when he begins to embrace it, he finds strength within himself that he never knew existed.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
Patti Roberts of Paradox Cover Art. I discussed what I wanted the image to convey; the estate, the spirits, everything, and the end result was, in a word, awesome! She practically took the book cover out of my head! It had everything I wanted to have: the uneasiness, the suspense, the spirits….she did a flawless job. I’ll put it to you this way: After I saw her cover, I asked her would she be willing to do the cover art for the entire series!
If you had to write this book over again what would you change about your writing process to make it easier?
Nope! I wouldn’t change a thing! The writing process turned out to be a great thing for me!
How long did it take you to write the book?
The original manuscript took two months. The crafted, polished, revised, and edited end result that I put up for sale took three years. I’ve learned so much along the way (and still am learning) that I am confident that subsequent books will not that long to polish.
What can readers expect the next book in this series?
A continuation of Jonah and his allies’ story! New mysteries, new revelations, new action, new characters! It will be out May 29th!
What is it about paranormal fiction that draws you in as a writer?
The need to suspend my disbelief. I love stories that require stretching my mind so as to include the inconceivable. It’s always an exciting thing to behold when dealing with things paranormal!
What books have most influenced your life?
The Indian in the Cupboard, Maniac Magee, Stone Fox, Number the Stars, Superfudge, The Fear Street series, The Twelve Houses series.
Do you have any advice for any aspiring writers?
Always remember why you love writing. Know it, have it in your heart, and keep it close. It will help you when people try to discourage you by remarking on how “tough” the business is. It will reassure when you come across people that aren’t fond of your work (and you won’t please everyone. It’s simply not going to happen). Never, never lose the excitement that you have for creating. And lastly, just write. Write all the time. Write, and keep writing, until your story is finished. And when you have written all you possibly can, write some more.