Morgan splashed on to the book shelves last year and she has hit the floor running. I like to give clues to people about authors, I think, you need to know about and this lady is one of them. I met Morgan at a writer Chapter two years ago and since that time, I've heard her talk about her current WIP but it seems that as fast as she writes them, they get purchased for publication. Thankfully, she has taken time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for us.
Currently, I am proofing Rebel Heartsong, which should be out in January sometime soon. As far as WIP, that is a romantic suspense entitled Gone.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Gone is about a woman who is happily newly married, and her husband disappears. I dreamed the basic concept although my husband is busy adding twists and turns to the plot.
Rebel Heartsong is Townsend and Yvette’s story. Yvette, as a freed woman of color serving as a companion, falls into a grey area as far as servants, slaves, and gentry. The one thing she does know is she can’t legally marry Townsend, and she refuses to be his mistress. Too bad, she can’t stop loving him.
What genre does your book fall under?
Heartsong is historical romance, while Gone is romantic suspense.
This is a very good question, since there are few strong blond actors. Townsend, in Heartsong, is a blond.
Justin Hartley is who I would choose to play this character.
I haven’t given much thought about Gone yet, since I am only 30,000 words into it.
Rebel Heartsong: How can they survive when their love is declared taboo?
Gone: What do you do when your new husband vanishes, and all fingers point to you?
Good job with those one-sentence synopsis. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Rebel Heartsong is the third book in the Rebel Hearts series published by Secret Cravings.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
The first book is actually the last book in the series, which is Escaping West. It took over a year to write, and it sat another 18 months on an editor’s desk who eventually returned it when she left that job. I had to write Rebel Heartsong in a month to meet deadlines. I do not recommend this.
Rebel Heartsong is similar to most Civil War romance with star-crossed lovers. I see it as the opposite of Gone with the Wind. This couple actually has a happy ending.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I have always been interested in the Civil War my entire life. The whole idea that you could have brothers in the same family fighting for different sides grabbed my imagination. I often wondered about the women in these situations. The women were amazing in so many different ways. One of the best spies for the Union was a slave who lived in Jefferson Davis’ household. She often sent detailed summaries of military briefing directly to Union generals.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Rebel Heartsong examines the tenuous position of a free woman of color. It wasn’t enough just to be free. Women often had to battle stereotypes, shysters, and even other women who would take advantage of them.
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