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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 full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Thanks for having me here today, Karen!
I’m from Tulsa, Oklahoma and, while I’d love to claim I’m a full-time writer, I actually spend my days working as an IT Application Development and Support Manager.
Translation: I herd creative people much the way a person would herd cats. Which is kind of funny when you consider that, after trying to keep my developers on track with their deliverables, I promptly head home and unleash all the same creative insanity on my books.
My top hobby—not surprisingly—is reading. Specifically, romance. It’s what got me into this whole writing biz. I love the thrill of meeting someone special and falling in love. Being able to check my brain at the door and visit new worlds and new characters. Nothing beats turning the last page of a book and feeling a little wistful that it’s over. Or thinking about the emotions and nuances of a character days after you’ve set aside a particular book.
1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
The unexpected. I love the idea of new worlds and magical possibilities. Surprises are rampant in the fantasy and paranormal genres. As a reader and a writer, I love exploring them. I’m also partial to contemporary settings because of their relationship to my own reality.
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?
I’m a plantser. (AKA – Both!) I’ve never been diagnosed with OCD, but let me tell you…my pantry is extremely well organized with all labels facing front in perfect harmony. I’m not comfortable diving into a book without a pretty solid outline of where I’m headed.
That said, my muse comes up with some killer ideas when I’m mid-flight. So when he talks (and yes, my muse is a man), I listen.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
I enjoy the editing phase the most. Taking the first draft (and all consequent phases) and honing it. Much the same way I’d imagine a sculptor tackles a big lump of clay.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
Ha! I’d find a way to read books for a living. Whether it’s editing them or marketing them, I’d definitely find a way to stay tied to the publishing industry—romance in particular.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Okay, so that’s a bit of a cheat, but seriously…life is too short not to have it at every meal. I also recommend eating it first. 🙂
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?
I think it depends on the character. I tend to write men easier than women, unless the woman in question is…um…a little less girlie? (Which would make a lot of sense if you knew me.) Oddly, the easiest characters for me to write are the bad guys. I have no idea why, and frankly, I try not to think about it too much. I’m sure it says something bad about me…
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
What a loaded question to ask a fantasy romance writer!
In a nutshell, I’d like to be Myren (the race that inhabits Eden in my books). I wrote them with all the superpowers I wish I had—telepathy, telekinesis, the ability to fly, and wielding the elements.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?
Yep, one of each.
Rejection-wise, I’d say my first was the most important. I’d gone to RWA, scored loads of requests for my manuscript, and went home with all kinds of glamorous acceptance fantasies dancing around in my head.
When the first “no” came back, I cried all night. But that was the beginning of the real journey for me. The motivation I needed to learn what it took to gain a “maybe,” and then a “yes.”
The best review? The very first five star I received from a complete stranger. They said they stayed up until 3am to finish reading it and that they couldn’t wait for the next one.
That review—and the others I’ve seen like it since—made every edit, and the tears that sometimes went with them, worth it.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published? Please provide links to your website, blog, books, etc.
Unexpected Eden is the first in a four book series—The Eden Series. The next one is Healing Eden. It’s Galena and Reese’s story and is slated for publication with Kensington’s Lyrical Press in winter of 2015.
I’ve just put the finishing touches on book three, Waking Eden, and will tackle the last, Eden’s Deliverance, in the next month or so.
The Eden Series #1
BY RHENNA MORGAN
Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill’s about to learn they’re wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.
Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn’t want to resist. The question is, is she Myren, or human – which makes her forbidden fruit?
When Eryx’s nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation…or that she’d trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.
Rhenna Morgan writes for the same reason she reads—to escape reality.
Yes, her life rocks—two beautiful little girls, a great husband, a steady job, and the kind of friends that would take you out back if you hurt her. But, like most women, she’s got obligations stacked tight from dusk to dawn. So, when the world gets her down, she slips into something…less realistic.
Romance is a must. So is a steamy romp (or four). Nothing thrills her more than the fantasy of new, exciting worlds, strong, intuitive men, and the sigh of, “Oh if only that could happen to me.”
So, if you’re picking up one of her books, expect portals into alternate realms and men who’ll fight to keep the women they want. Romantic escape for the women who need it.
Links to Rhenna’s website, blog, books, etc.
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