**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, J. Morgan
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.
Is this thing on? Knock. Knock. Okay, I guess it is. Where to begin? I think the beginning would be best. I was abducted by aliens when I was but a wee lad. What? Oh, sorry wrong blog. Things are so confusing since the abduction. It was the probing you see.
Seriously though, my name is J. Morgan and I’m addicted to writing. Whew, they were right. Everything seems better when you unburden yourself like that, but it’s true. After overcoming a long term addiction to reading, which I haven’t fully kicked, I decided to become a writer. That was sometime back in 2005. Since then, except for slaving away at the day job, all I do is write, or think about writing, or plan to write. Basically, like all authors, I’ve got a one track mind that enjoys living inside its own imagination.
Growing up in the South, Louisiana to be specific, I had a wealth of imagination to draw from. We Southerners do excel at being eccentric. I think a lot of that comes through in my writing. I also come from an artistic background, yeah I’m the kid who finger painted family portraits on walls and grew up broody and misunderstood as a result. I blame that last bit on a corresponding comic book and Star Wars addiction that pretty much limited my sanity to those imaginary worlds I mentioned above. But, all those addictions did give me one thing. The ability to create worlds that hopefully people love to visit. Well, if they can get past the werewolves, vampires and witches. Or, maybe because of them. Not sure which, but one thing is certain, I love writing about them.
Oh yeah, one more thing. I love to make people laugh, so it’s probably a good thing I write romantic comedies.
1. How did you get started writing?
My wife made me do it. Seriously, she did. She had been writing for over a year, and to stop me from reading over her shoulder, she told me to go write something and leave her alone. To prove to her that I could, I sat down and began writing. My first attempt was a disaster, but by book two I wasn’t so disastrous and luckily for me, a publisher liked the book enough to give it a chance. Seven years later, I’m still doing it.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I’ve written a little bit of everything, well, except for a Historical. I’m planning to try one, but basically, I write paranormals and comedies. Usually, I mash the two together, because laughing at something you’re afraid of is easier than hiding under the bed with a clove of garlic in one hand and a cross in the other.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
That’s a hard question. I love creating and getting to know my characters. Subconsciously inserting a little bit of myself and some of the people I adore to give birth to someone I love is an amazing experience. Still, the world building would have to be my all favorite part of writing. It doesn’t happen all at once, especially when you’re working on a series. Things constantly pop up, and it’s like you’re seeing a Discovery Channel special about your made up universe. I’m working on book seven in a series and new secrets are constantly showing themselves to me.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Edits and writer’s blocks. I know that’s two, but they kind of go hand in hand. Edits are to me the most important part of being a writer. It’s the part of writing where you learn and grow. The thing is they also seem to come around when the book you’re working on is finally starting to gel in your head. Edits are also my biggest creators of writer’s block. By the time you get back to writing, you’ve spent so much time self analyzing yourself, you have that smidgen of doubt playing in your head. Doubt is a killer. You have to believe beyond a doubt that you can make people immerse themselves in your work, and if you don’t, how can anyone else.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
My ideas come from just about everywhere. I can be watching a documentary on television, and I’m off. A friend could say something, and this crazy idea will just worm itself into my head until I have to write it. One of the most important things about being a writer to me is being a constant observer. The real world is more than just a place to hide from.
6. What is your typical day like?
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I usually don’t have a problem with any of those. For me the difficult parts are when you go into a book not knowing where you’re headed. I usually have my characters before I have a workable plot. Same with the conflict. You have so many conflicts to work through. The hero/heroine emotional conflict. The driving conflict of the plot. Minor action related conflicts that help define the emotional and plot conflicts. So, if I had to nail down one thing it would be emotions, because no matter how well you know your characters, they will always throw you for a loop. Whoa! Then, I guess characters are a problem, too. Maybe, I need to rethink my answer, and get back to you.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I’ve got a few bunched up together. I have three print releases looming from my Love Bites Series. The first one up is Love Free Stake Hard, the third book in the series. Books four and five should be out soon after.
Love Free Stake Hard is about a woman caught up in a war she didn’t even know existed. A war between Vampires and an unseen enemy threatens not only their world, but the human world as well. When the war shows up at her job being a tour guide at a Savannah cemetery, she finds herself on the run with the geekiest vampire alive, and just maybe, the love of her life.
My first Y.A. Scrolls of Eternity: Rebirth will be out this June. It’s the story of a teenage boy who gets mythical powers and must become a hero, in spite of himself, to save the world.
Links to J. Morgan’s website, blog, books, etc.
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. Morgan and his novel, LOVE FREE STAKE HARD, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: J. Morgan will give away an ebook or print copy of his new book, LOVE FREE STAKE HARD, to one lucky reader who comments on either his Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, May 13, 2013. Thanks, J. , for sharing your story with us!