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And the title has a double meaning, of course. The Ark refers both to Noah's Ark and to the Oasis Ark that Garrett has built. The original title was The Noah Covenant, but my agent and I decided to go with something simpler and more iconic.

Hi EllenR and ChynaRed,

I do live in the Seattle area. I rode the monorail and went to the Space Needle to research the chase scene in those locations, and I've been to Orcas Island (although the compound there is completely fictional).

As an aside, if you or anyone else in the Seattle area likes stage comedy, I'll be appearing in Leading Ladies at Driftwood Players starting June 12. I'll be playing one of the title leading ladies. It's a farce in the tradition of Some Like It Hot and Bosom Buddies. If you aren't amused by seeing a 6'2" guy in 3-inch heels and a dress, do not come. ;D

The idea for The Ark came when I was watching a show about the search for Noah's Ark. I didn't see how a wooden ship could still exist after 6000 years, but then I wondered if there might be another explanation that would account for the Ark legend. I did a lot of research into the Noah's Ark story, including the various alternative theories posited by archaeologists, and decided to come up with something even more radical, something which I'd never seen before. As an engineer, I wanted a theory that was at least scientifically plausible and did not rely on a supernatural explanation (although I leave that to interpretation as well, as debated by Locke and Dilara at the end). I read and re-read the biblical story, both in the King James and the Douay-Rheims versions, and given how the language between the two versions is different, it seemed a possibility that perhaps we've just been mistranslating the ancient Hebrew for all these years. And when I saw the word "vessel", the alternative definition popped into my head. Maybe vessel means "container" instead of "ship", and what better container in the ancient world than a cave? It also left open the possibility that the biblical story was true as described; it was we fallible humans who misinterpreted it.

I've started a couple of threads in the Book Klub section of Kindleboards for discussion of The Ark, so I hope you'll come and join us!

I will also mention that The Ark is a standalone novel and has different characters from my other two books, so you don't need to read those to understand what's happening in The Ark.

Hi All,

This is the place where you can have free range to talk or ask about anything in The Ark. Spoilers are ALLOWED, so if you haven't finished The Ark and don't want anything given away, read no further.

Please feel free to discuss whatever you want. If you have any questions for me about how I wrote the story, the real and ficitional technology in the book, or specifics about plot points, this is the best place to ask them.


Hi all!

Welcome to the discussion board for my thriller novel, The Ark!

Our assignment for this week, ending May 8, is to read the Prologue and Chapters 1-11. This spoiler-free thread will be for discussing anything in those chapters, so please don't discuss the specific events in those chapters until May 8 (I think that's how a spoiler-free thread works). If you'd like to have free range to talk or ask about anything you want in The Ark, please head over to the Spoilers Allowed thread.

To get us started, here are a few general questions that don't give anything away:

1. What did you think about how the book started?
2. What did you think of the introduction of the main characters?
3. Was the progression of the events mysterious, engaging, confusing, or all three?
4. Was the pacing too fast, about right, or too slow?
5. Was there enough scene setting, too much, or too little?
6. Was there any point in the story where your interest flagged?
7. Was there any point in the story where you said to yourself, "That's just ridiculous! Give me a break!"?
8. What did you think of the locations in the story?

Thanks for joining the discussion!


Thanks, guys! I'm excited about starting the Book Klub discussions.


Thanks to everyone who has posted such wonderful praise for my books. I'm really floored by the response.

I just wanted to remind everyone that the Book Klub for The Ark starts tomorrow, May 1. We'll be reading 12 chapters a week, but each chapter is only five or six pages long, so I think it's a manageable weekly rate. Of course, if you'd like to read faster than that, please do. ;D

I'll post some general discussion questions tomorrow that won't include any spoilers. Then on May 8, I'll post some questions that include references to events in the chapters. I'd also love to hear any questions or topics that readers would like to raise.


Writers' Cafe / Re: Question for Authors...
« on: April 29, 2009, 11:53:29 am »
I wonder how much the ebook publishing versus reading will be the source of true change in how we read/buy books. 

I don't think pbooks will ever go away totally, but I think ebooks will change the publishing industry as much as downloadable songs have changed the music industry. In some ways, the Kindle has leveled the playing field for all authors publishing in that medium because an unpublished author's book now looks as professional as a bestselling author's book (although I highly recommend designing a professional cover). The main advantage of getting a traditional publishing contract is that your books will get exposure in bookstores across the country, and in some cases where the publisher has invested in a substantial advance to the author, they will support that investment by giving your book special placement in the stores and other promotional opportunities that an indie author doesn't get.

The other advantage of the Kindle for indie authors is that you get to set your own price, making it possible to set a lower price than other books from established authors in your genre. Of course, there's been debate on other threads about whether that devalues your work or just makes it more competitive. My feeling is that a lower price lures readers who might not otherwise take a chance on an unknown author.

The Book Corner / Re: Results of the Boyd Morrison Chat - The Ark
« on: April 27, 2009, 09:01:53 am »
Thanks for posting this crebel! I had a blast in the chat, and I'm excited to start The Ark book klub discussions.

12 chapters may sound daunting, but they're fairly short. We decided in the chat that 12 was a good number to go with so that we could do the discussions in a six-week time frame.

Hope you can join us!

Book Klub info / Re: Meet and Greet Author Boyd Morrison
« on: April 25, 2009, 11:08:30 am »
LOL, can you remind us again tomorrow??? I know that I'm going to forget  :o

Here's your reminder! Anyone else who'd like to take a break from or simply doesn't care about the NFL draft, please join us for the chat at 5PM Pacific Time today.

Book Klub info / Re: Meet and Greet Author Boyd Morrison
« on: April 24, 2009, 01:51:29 pm »
Just a reminder that the chat takes place tomorrow, Saturday, April 25, at 5PM Pacific Time. I hope you can join us!


askenase13 there will be a Meet and Greet the Author Sunday at 3 PM CST in the chat room. Feel free to join us and chat with Boyd. There will also be a book klub led by Boyd. You can get the dates and info in The Book Corner, Book Klubs, Reading with the Author. Join us!

I just wanted to correct the time and date of the chat. The chat will take place at 5PM Pacific Time on Saturday, April 25. I hope you can join us.

Thanks to everyone for the kind words about my novels!


The Book Corner / Re: Spooky, creepy, sleep with the lights on books?
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:03:01 am »
It by Stephen King. One of the few books I had to put down long before I went to bed, or I wouldn't get to sleep. Clowns are scary.

Unfortunately not on Kindle.

The Book Corner / Re: Unappreciated/ Overlooked Authors or Novels?
« on: April 22, 2009, 08:36:41 pm »
The Giants trilogy (Inherit the Stars, The Gentle Giants of Ganymede, and Giants' Star) by James P. Hogan is one of my favorite science fiction stories, but Hogan never seemed to break out like other SF authors. Unfortunately, it's not available for the Kindle. It looks like you can only buy it used.

Just a reminder that Kindleboards will be hosting a Tea With The Author chat with me this Saturday, April 25, at 5PM Pacific Time. I hope you can make it!

This chat is in anticipation of the Book Klub discussion of The Ark that begins May 1.


Does anyone out there in Kindleland have an idea how many of the Kindle offerings currently are self-published books? Do you think that most of the $9.99 books are traditionally published and a large percentage of the cheaper ones are self-published? Have many of you purchased a Kindle book to discover that it was a poorly written, edited, and/or proofread self-published book?

I would say that virtually all books listed for $1.99 or less on the Kindle are either self-published or in the public domain because the copyright has expired. There are a few books by established authors that are priced low or for free as a promotional tool, like Persuader by Lee Child, Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, or Afraid by Jack Kilborn, but they are the exception.


That's what's great about the Kindle, though. You can download a sample, and if you like it, you can buy the whole thing. If you don't, it hasn't cost you anything.

In case you didn't see it in the other thread, I wanted to let you know about the meet and greet chat that Linda set up. Hope to meet you there!

Date: 04/25/09

Time: 7 PM CST/ 5 PM PDT

Location: Chat

Please bring a cup of tea or beverage of your choice, take a seat and meet author Boyd Morrison. Boyd has agreed to lead a book klub beginning May 1 on his popular book The Ark. This will give you a chance to get to know him better prior to the book klub and an opportune time for him to meet some of the people here at KB who enjoy his books. This will be an informal, fun and informative chat.

Hope to see you there!

Book Klub info / Re: Meet and Greet Author Boyd Morrison
« on: April 10, 2009, 03:10:56 pm »
Thanks, Linda! I'm looking forward to chatting with everyone!


Are the PRC's on your web site updated? Sometimes Kindle won't let you update a book to the most recent version (if you make any bookmarks or notes, for example) and it's just easier to download those again (rather than going thru Customer Service and returning the book, then re-purchasing it, to get the new version).

The PRCs on my site are updated now. For some unknown reason, they didn't get updated before but I made sure that they were this afternoon. If you find any new typos, please let me know.

The Kindle versions have been updated for a couple of weeks now.

I just wanted to announce that I will be leading a Book Klub discussion of my novel, The Ark, starting on May 1. You can check the Reading with the Author board for more details in the coming days.

I also wanted to thank everyone here for helping to make The Ark the number 1 bestselling Men's Adventure novel for the Kindle today! I know the Kindleboard readers have made a huge impact on getting me ranked with the likes of Clive Cussler and WEB Griffin, and I'm very grateful.


I just wanted to let everyone know that we've decided to start the Book Klub for The Ark on May 1. An official announcement will be coming out soon, including a date for a Tea With The Author chat.

I hope you can join me!


And what does it mean when you say "the 175,000 books that are published each year"? My book is published. There's no worthwhile reason to place it in a line behind a lot of junk that traditional publishers foist on the public.

Good points, Michelle.

To put it another way, published books have gone through an independent review process already. An agent, an editor, and an editorial review board have all said that this book is worthy of your time as a reader. That doesn't mean the book is good or that I will like it, but someone at least thinks I will. With self-published books, you don't have an independent authority--one without a personal stake in the author's success--saying that the book is worthwhile, so essentially the reviewer is the first independent judge of the book. If the reviewer were to open up to all self-published books, how is the reviewer to know what is worth his time to look at?

And remember, one man's junk is another man's gold. Lots of people hated The Davinci Code, but it still went on to sell 70 million copies.

The Book Corner / Re: So, what are you reading?
« on: April 07, 2009, 10:32:16 am »
I'm reading Afraid by Jack Kilborn and One for the Money by Janet Evanovich (as part of a three-book package deal for the Kindle called Three Plums in One). I'm loving both. Afraid is definitely scary, and I can see why everyone has been raving about the Stephanie Plum books all these years.


Given the following sentence in the article, I can see why The Berkshire Eagle would refuse to review self-published work: "About 5,000 new titles are added each week." That's the number of new self-published books Lulu puts on its web site every week.

How are newspapers to decide which of the 5,000 new titles is worthy of reading and reviewing? Even if the reviewer reads one book every day, that would only be 365 books in a year, compared to the 250,000 books Lulu will put on its site.

I'm sure their policy is put into place so they can focus on the 175,000 books that are published each year.

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