Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
First off, Karen thanks for having me here today. It’s always a pleasure to stop by.
My name is J. Morgan and I was born a geek to an unsuspecting family. It came as a shock to them when the truth finally hit home. My mother had given birth to a writer. Oh the shame! As if the Star Wars hoarding and comic book collecting wasn’t bad enough. Seriously, though. All my vivid imagination comes from parents who valued reading and filled me with the same love for it. The Star Wars and comics I picked up on the streets as kids do, along with learning some confusing things about birds, bees, and always use protection. All that contributed to me becoming a writer. Doesn’t save me from a day job, but it’s best not to talk about that. My imaginary therapist thinks it damages my delusional episodes.
1. How did you get started writing?
I started writing because there was nothing good on TV and I couldn’t get to the bookstore. Okay maybe that is partly true. The other partly? At my wife’s insistence, I started writing, so she could write in peace. Yep, we’re a two writer family. That does make for some fun conversations with two sets of voices in our heads talking at the same time.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
As you can tell by the above intro, I write mainly Romantic Comedies that lean toward the paranormal. Who am I kidding? They slap the paranormal upside the head like a Three Stooge on date night. Not entirely sure what that means, but going with it. Growing up, I had an unadulterated fear of anything scary. Vampires, ghosts, witches, you name it. Strangely enough, werewolves I didn’t have a problem with. To overcome this fear I threw myself into reading horror novels and scary movies. Soon I wasn’t scared anymore. That started my love affair with the paranormal. When I started writing, funny and horror just seemed to unlock something in my head.
I also dabble in Young Adult and Urban Fantasy, another two loves of mine that combine my love of comics and the Fantasy genre in a modern setting. That’s what’s so great about fiction today. You define your worlds and make them whatever you want them to be as a writer.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Meeting my characters for the first time and seeing what mischief I can get them into.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The middle of a book. I lose my way and without fail struggle to dig my way out. The beginning is easy. Everything is so clear in my head. Same with endings. I can see how it will end almost as soon as I see how it begins. It’s the getting there that makes me crazy.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere! To me the most important part of being a writer is being a good observer. If you open your eyes and mind to the world around you, the stories are endless.
6. What is it that makes your writing different from all the others in your genre?
I never stop being me. As long as I’m true to myself, I give my own unique perspective on things. I think a lot of writers try to be like this person or that person. I have too, when I first started writing. It’s only natural to gravitate to the influences that made you start down this road. Once you’re through learning the basics and see you don’t have to be like everyone else, you can be your own writer with your own unique voice. I hope for as long as I’m a writer, I can be a person who adheres to that sense of self. If not, I will gladly fold up this laptop and move on to what life holds next for me.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I love to read. Why else become a writer. Favorite Genre? Not sure I truly have one. I read simply what interests me. Whether it’s a Romance or a Tom Clancy novel, I read what holds my attention. Right now, it’s Tom Clancy. With his death, I have felt the need to revisit one of my favorite characters, Jack Ryan. Next week, I might be reading something entirely different. That’s one of the keys to being a writer, I think. Never shut yourself off to anything. Because diversity, can only make you a stronger writer. Romance today is all about combining genres into something that will appeal to everyone.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My most recent book is what I call a threefer. How Wicked Can She Go? has already been through two publishers before finding a new home with Desert Breeze Publishing. This book truly is special to me. Why else would I keep it alive? Wicked was my first bid at creating a new world. More than that, it sparked an idea that rolled around in my head for years before spawning Love Bites, my Vampire series. That idea was that I could create a world like our own, but bigger, more expansive in scope. A world where every mythology, every fairy tale, and all those things that go bump in the night could coexist with us normal human types.
This time around, I got to do something I’ve wanted to do for years. I got to take the story that sort of started it all, and put it in the universe that resulted from it. The wonderful people at Desert Breeze let me go back in and make Wicked a full part of my shared Love Bites and Southern Werewolf world. What does that mean exactly?
Vampires, Werewolves and Witches! Oh my! Sorry but the Wizard of Oz truly warped my view of the world.
But what is ‘How Wicked Can She Go?’ all about? Wicked is the story of a witch too perky for her own good. When told that she must ruin true love, she throws every perky bone in her body into the project. Too bad her heart has different ideas.
If that isn’t a recipe for fun, I don’t know what is. And, I am all about the fun.
Links to J’s website, blog, books, etc.
Where in the net can you find J. Morgan?
My Yahoo Newsletter
My Blog away from home
To sample some of my books, you can find me at either of these fine places on the internet.
Desert Breeze Publishing
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about J. and his novel, HOW WICKED CAN SHE GO?, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: J. will give away one copy of his novel, HOW WICKED CAN SHE GO?, to one of his lucky readers who comments on his Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read this book!! Thanks, J., for sharing your stories with us!