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Starting Young: A Self-Published Author Headed for Something Great

Jim Compton

At 20, self-published author Jim Compton—more commonly known by his pen name Michael Morgan—already has a lot of things going for him.

Aside from publishing his first book at the young age of 16, he has acted in live stage plays, been a contributing author to The Santa Claus Project, published his first article in 2009, and has four self-published books (and more to come) to his name.

This month, Xlibris sits down with Michael to talk about his self-published books, all of which constitute the Cat-Boy series. When asked about his literary inspirations, he mentions his affinity for felines. He also draws inspiration from people that he knows, basing several of his characters on such people: General Joe is based on the popular Sheriff Arpaio, and Leopard Girl is based on his mother. Real venues are also used as settings for his stories like the Pizza Old Roma in downtown Glendale.

Michael has high hopes for his books, dreaming that they will become so popular to that even The Simpsons will make fun of them.

Read the full feature on the Xlibris Blog.