¿Qué pasa? I’m Morgan Snyder.
I’ve got the most incredible wife in the world and four wonderful kids. I used to be a high school Spanish teacher, but now work as a healthcare consultant. I’ve done all sorts of things in the past to pay the bills–tutor, curriculum designer, wrestling coach, door-to-door salesman, assistant chef at a Chinese restaurant, project manager, you name it. I’ve had quite the run.
I have my B.A. in Spanish from BYU and my M.A.T from University of Portland. Great places. Cool experiences. However, my educational philosophy aligns the most with Ivan Illich’s Deschooling Society and John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction. I’ve read the cannon on everything education–from Aristotle to Dewey. Nothing gets the fire burning in my belly like a debate on school.
My journey with fiction writing started when I was young kid and I would boot up Windows 95 and write silly adventure stories. I would print them out, and read them to my younger siblings. It was also fun to act them out on our trampoline or in the basement. I think they liked it…I may have coerced them…I was your standard oldest brother.
My interest piqued when I watched a Brandon Sanderson lecture on YouTube about the craft of writing. I guess he teaches a class at BYU once a year. I would listen to his lectures on the way to work. I started to play around with ideas, outline a basic plot, listen to other authors, bought a couple books on writing, and fell in love with the idea of writing stories again.
Fast forward to three years later, and I have finished writing my first book, Neighbors in the Supernova. It a quirky, time-travelin’ story that some readers have expressed it reminds them of Douglas Adams. I would just add that NIS is not nearly as funny or whimsical.
If you want to know anything else, send me an email. Thanks for stopping by.