This year I went to my first Arizona Dreamin’ Conference, a romance reader event organized by the amazing Kris Tualla and a committee of talented fellow authors. I had a blast and made a ton of friends. Surprisingly I was also asked to be part of the organizing committee for next year. I’m beyond excited about such an honor.
So, in preparation for next year’s Arizona Dreamin’ Conference I decided to invite several authors to my blog for interviews, guest posts and of course giveaways in an attempt to let you, my dear readers familiarize yourself with them, their work, and hoping you’d be interested to meet them in person by signing up for the conference (tickets on sale until 07/31, hurry up!)
My first guest is Morgan Kearns. With six published novels under her belt, I call Morgan a pro. She’s witty and full of energy, writing novels that are ‘a real page turner’ and ‘couldn’t put the book down’ reads. She does an ‘amazing job bringing her characters to life’. Morgan loves to meet new characters as they step out of her imagination, introduce themselves and keep her up all night telling their stories.
Morgan, thank you for stopping by my blog.
I’m really excited to be here. Thanks for the amazing set-up. I’m actually blushing a little.
Tell us what’s a day in the life of author Morgan Kearns.
Insanity! I have four children, ranging from 12 to 6. Right now, during summer break, we still start early with chores before rushing into activities. I try to hit the treadmill every morning. With the madness that comes with a full-house, I resort to writing in the evening after the kids go to bed.
I get easily distracted therefore when I write I need complete silence, door closed. The only person allowed in my office is Bella, my dog.When you write do you need complete silence around you or noise?
When I’m writing I can’t do background noise, but I have to have music. I’ve made playlists to go along with the scenes I write. However, when I’m editing, it has to be absolutely silent. That’s tough to find!
I have all these ideas and voices in my head, but for some reason I struggle sometimes to put them on the paper. Do you find yourself at one point or another at a loss for words?
All the time. When I’m having a hard time finding just the right words for the characters, I push through the scene I’m struggling with. Sometimes I go back and am actually surprised when it’s okay and other times I rewrite the entire scene.
How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I indie publish. Fade to Black went live November of 2009. To say I happy-danced when seeing it in print would be a HUGE understatement. Each book since, gets a few cartwheels of its own. I try to buy a little something to mark the release of each book, a small memento to remind me of yet another milestone reached.
Writing is a hobby for me (and a savior for my husband since it saved him from sleeping in the doggie house one too many times). I also like to read, watch movies (comedies and historical dramas my favs), play games and travel. What hobbies do you have?
I love to read! My favs are historical and contemporaries, romance, of course. My favorite thing in the entire world is to laugh. You know, the kind that makes your stomach ache, eyes water and lungs beg for air. So… if it’s funny, I’m totally there!
I’m not identifying myself with any of my characters, yet each one of them has a part of me. Can you see yourself in any of your characters? Which one and why?
HA! I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility of that. 😉
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Never, ever publish anything without getting your manuscript professionally edited.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author? Being told I didn’t do my characters justice. I’m protective on them and it makes me feel bad when I’ve not conveyed how amazing they are.
What has been the best compliment? The greatest compliment I receive would have to be: every time somebody spends their hard-earned money on a Morgan Kearns novel. I am humbled. Thank you to everyone who has or ever will buy my books.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
To read, I am an ebook girl. I love my Kindle. With that said, I have a few series in hardcover that I will continue to purchase for no other reason than to look beautiful on my shelf.
What projects are you working on and when should we expect another release? In a few words what is this story about.
I am currently working on Lucky 13, the fourth novel in the Deadlines & Diamonds series. I’m looking at a November release. Lucky 13 is the story of Enrique Santiago, left fielder for the Las Vegas Rockets. He’s an amazing character. His heroine is Shayne Xavier. She has a scarred past, much like her brother. Ricky does his best to help her deal with that past. Their road to love is more like the Autobahn, really fast and when the crashes are not pretty.
Thanks for the opportunity!
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