Author Angela Morrison Gives Back

sing me to sleep coverThe first two parts of Angela Morrison’s M+L Forever Blog Tour at this site focused on her writing education and processes as well as her publications and marketing experiences. The week we will see how Angela is a great example of an author who gives back to her community. Margaret: With Sing Me to Sleep you support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). I’ve seen that you are a member of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. You are a great example of a philanthropist. Why do you support these causes and do you support any other charitable organizations?

Angela: I donate to humanitarian relief and educational efforts around the world through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I often get approached by bloggers for signed books for literacy and other causes. A blogger in the Philippines held a huge auction to give to earthquake victims, and I donated books and critiques. I’m always happy to appear at fundraising events free of charge. WUFC supports real people whose struggle touches me deeply and wonderful organizations who help them. I’m pleased to give my time to their efforts. I also love volunteering as a guest author at local schools. I visit a few special schools every year, but I need to do more. I recently spoke at ASU’s inaugural celebration of El Dia los Ninos El Dia los Libros. The cystic fibrosis community has a special place in my heart. My dear, dear friend lost three children to the disease. I dedicated SING ME TO SLEEP to her youngest son Matt–to honor him and her incredible faith and resilience. Like Matt, his mom always has a smile on her face. I got to spend the week with her when I was in Canada for SING’s launch and came away inspired. She blesses everyone who knows her. This spring I walked in CFF’s Great Strides. CFF has developed treatments that make life for kids born today with CF healthy and happy–nothing like Matt’s–and they have drugs in development that effectively treat the root cause of the disease. Amazing news. CF research gets no support from the government or even the drug companies. So the CF community raises the funds to pay for it all. You can donate to this year’s Great Strides through the end of June. Why do I donate or get involved? I’m hugely blessed. It’s the least I can do. I always think I should do more. And as a writer, I struggle with spending my life doing something that seems incredibly self-centered, even egotistical. All the self-promo you have to do compounds the effect. The field is so competitive that you end up being jealous of other author’s successes instead of cheering for them. Yuck. I can’t live like that. I’ve decided the only way to keep my sanity is to try to bless others. Time to get out the pom-poms. It’s amazing balm to hear from a reader who’ve you touched or made more aware. I cherish opportunities to give back, mentor or connect. I love landing in a 9th grade classroom and getting them excited about writing. I never turn a request for a blog interview down–no matter how new or unknown the blog is. And I speak at book clubs or libraries free of charge. At events, I usually end up giving away more books than I sell. I always return more blessed than I went, so I continue in debt. Margaret: What is your current work in progress? Angela: I’m polishing up a YA time-travel romantic adventure, SLIPPED. It’s been a mind-bending adventure to write. If you took Mad Max’s great grandson and Jane Eyre’s favorite cousin and plopped them down in Medieval Europe and told them they had to destroy the past to save the future, you get SLIPPED. It starts out in my favorite Swiss castle–Chateau de Chillon! Byron visited it and left his name scrawled on one of the columns, so I had to work him into the tale, too.

Margaret: Where can we purchase our copies?

Angela: You can find purchase links on the side bar on my blog and via my website. My Penguin books are available in bookstores and on Amazon and B&N and the ebooks are available via all platforms. It’s best to get my indie releases from Amazon and the indie ebooks are just on the Kindle. I know, I need to put them on the Nook. Thanks so much, happy reading!

Margaret: Thank you so much, Angela. I’ve learned a lot from you the past 3 weeks. I’m sure many readers will benefit from your generously informative answers. Best wishes in your future writing and publishing endeavors.


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