Good morning and happy Sunday!! I can’t believe that this is the last Sunday of April! Where did the time go, my friends? Well, today I’m pleased to introduce author Morgan Summer. She writes crime and mystery fiction, so if you enjoy that genre check out her books! She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and has social media accounts for her book series as well (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
Are you an indie author or a traditionally published author?
Traditionally published with J Smith Publishing.
Tell me a little about your writing journey, thus far.
A crazy one for sure. Started putting my thoughts on paper when I was in middle school which turned into writing song lyrics because I thought for sure I was going to be a country singer one day. My writing style blossomed in college, but I never thoughts of publishing anything until last year when a mentor and colleague of mine suggested I write crime novels. Six weeks later, my first book baby was born.
Do you write under a pseudonym? If so explain why.
What genre do you write and why?
Crime/Mystery Fiction. It was always my favorite genre to read growing up which lead me to pursue Forensics in college. Unfortunately, my career choice never happened, so instead, I write about it.
What are you currently working on?
Storyboard editing Book 2 of my crime series Jean Stone, writing book 3 and 4 of the series, as well as writing an unnamed young adult series inspired by my daughter.
What inspired you to write your books?
A fellow mentor placed the thought in my head one day. At first, I doubted myself, but then I asked why not me? I had nothing to lose to try to write a book, so I sat down and put pencil to paper. My husband and daughter continue to inspire me daily to never give up on my dream of becoming a best selling author.
What are your top 5 favorite books?
Oh difficult one, in no particular order.
Under the Tuscan Sun, Helter Skelter, Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho, Rebecca, and Death’s Acre.
What does literary success look like to you?
Becoming an established author, a household name, a common find in someone’s library.
How many hours a day do you write? What is your writing routine?
Depends on how I feel. I never make myself write. When it feels right, I grab a pencil and paper and work until I feel satisfied. All my ideas are handwritten first; if I think they are worth transcribing, then they make it to my computer.
What advice would you like to give to aspiring authors?
Write for yourself not for everyone else. Be unique, be a limited edition.