Angela Morrison Talks about Writing Family History Inspired Fiction

An Ocean Atween UsAngela Morrison recently released the first book in her new series We Glovers: An Ocean Atween Us. She draws the reader in with authentic language and descriptions that are so realistic they make the reader want to wipe away the sweat and grime, yet hug and console Will. The narrative is set in the industrial age starting in Scotland, sailing across the Atlantic ocean, settling in Nova Scotia and trudging into Pennsylvania coal mines. Angela Morrison creates this YA historical drama using stories from her own family history. Will Glover’s story is a tale of first love and heartbreak, related in intimate, first person detail. Just as Will’s soul entwines around Lucie, the blooming pit village lass he’s always known and never truly seen, a mysterious stranger arrives at the pits with an offer Will’s father can’t refuse. Hardship, tragedy and broken hearts ensue.  Margaret:  In both your Taken by Storm Series and An Ocean Atween Us you write of violent storms while at sea. a.) Explain why you choose to use this symbolism / metaphor in your writing. b.) Share your personal experiences that inspired such realistic prose. Angela: I feel like in both these books the storms chose me! TAKEN BY STORM was inspired by a real hurricane. I was sitting in a dive boat off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico, wondering if the rain that was making me shiver would ever stop, when a fellow passenger told me that rain was the dregs of a hurricane that hit Belize the night before and killed a boat load of divers. That haunted me. I began asking myself, “What if?” and TAKEN BY STORM was the result. I had this very real storm to base the book on, so the metaphor of the storm Michael created in Leesie’s life was natural. For AN OCEAN ATWEEN US, the storm was also a reality the Glovers had to face. I wrote those actual chapters of danger, suffering, and death because my critique pal, Joelle, told me the Atlantic passage I was half-way through writing was incredibly boring and needed something to increase the drama and raise the stakes. “Somebody has to die!” she said. “They died by droves on those sailing ships.” She was right for the most part. The tragic voyages that came later in the 19th century with the mass exodus from Ireland were overcrowded and rife with disease. Living conditions were barbaric. There was no food. Water supplies were very limited or nonexistent. Yes, indeed, many perished. That is what readers expect. But, the Glovers were on a very different voyage. They were skilled laborers being imported at great expense by a well-funded company. I found no accounts of disease and starvation on the Maggie P. Other well-organized voyages I studied, like the Mormon emigrant ships, were remarkably free of deaths. I could have manufactured an epidemic, but it didn’t feel right. The Glover’s voyage, though, would be subject to storms. The North Atlantic was notorious. Sailing ships had to battle all the way against the prevailing trade winds. I found many first-hand accounts of what it is like battened-down in a tall ship’s hold during a storm. I drew on those true-life accounts to make Will’s experience as vivid and realistic as possible. Margaret: In An Ocean Atween Us the characters marry in their mid teens. Is this based on family or regional history? Angela: Both! I used the names and dates of births, marriages, and deaths from my family pedigree as the framework for the fictional story. I tried to stick as close as I could to the facts. Also, teen marriages were common practice at the time, especially for girls. Men in their thirties and even much older took teen-age brides, and no one thought anything of it–except, I think, the brides! I did make up Will’s younger brother’s relationship with Mallie Semple. Her family is fictional. Lucie, Will’s first love, is also my creation. Jennie, who comes along later in the novel, is from that pedigree chart. Of course, I had to fictionalize her, too. I fictionalized ALL the characters. (I hope the Glovers aren’t scowling down at me from heaven!) Margaret:  You mention that you spent over 10 years researching and writing this story. Please share some of the details with us. Angela: My grandmother and her mother were amazing family historians. I inherited the family group sheets, photographs, and family histories they collected. I grew up listening to my mother’s vivid bedtime stories about Granny Glover (Mither in AN OCEAN ATWEEN US) walking the Mormon trail with her grand-daughter, Sarah. When I was pregnant with my daughter, who is now expecting her first daughter, I took a family history writing course from BYU Independent Study. I began researching Kilmarnock, Scotland and 19th century coal-mining and wrote four chapters of a history of the Glover family. But I don’t write history. I write fiction. I kept researching and eventually entered a Master of Fine Arts in writing program. While working on my MFA, I wrote, TAKEN BY STORM. Then, in my final semester, I began writing AN OCEAN ATWEEN US  — at that time the working title was MY ONLY LOVE. I had the great good fortune of working with incredible mentors. That’s when the research became even more intense. I read everything I could get my hands on about 19th century Scotland, coal mining, and sailing ships. We were living in London, Ontario, Canada, and the local library system had a wide selection. (Half of Canada has Scottish roots.) I also had access to the University of Western Ontario’s library. I traveled to Nova Scotia and studied in the museum that sits on the site of the coal mine Will Glover helped dig. They kindly gave me access to their docent’s research library. I also took a trip to Pennsylvania’s coal country. We moved to Switzerland in 2004–just as I graduated with my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I kept researching, writing, and even dragged my family to coal mines and Robert Burns’ cottage in Scotland. I finished the first draft in 2005 and began marketing it to editors. One well-known editor wanted to see it again! I was so excited. I eventually revised it for her four times before she broke my heart and turned it down. In 2008, I sold TAKEN BY STORM, and this project had to go on the back-burner. When I finished my contract with Penguin in 2010, I came back to it, rewrote it again, and found a new agent who fell in love with it. She had some suggestions to improve the story flow. I polished it one more time, and then gave her my blessing to send it to editors. She failed to find it a home with New York publishers, so I bid her farewell and decided to stretch my indie wings again and publish it myself–which brings us to the book you hold in your hands or, rather, the ebook you downloaded to your Kindle! Margaret:  An Ocean Atween Us takes a bit to get used to the language – but it helps the reader experience authenticity. How difficult was it for you to write using Scots? Angela: I fell head-over-heels in love with Scots. Studying Robert Burns’ poetry in college was my first taste. My father-in-law grew up on an Alberta homestead in a household where Scots was the Mither tongue. He could speak in authentic Scots when he wanted to. That gave me another tidbit to savor. In 2004, when I was reading everything Scottish I could get my hands on, I found Rosemary Sutcliff’s BONNIE DUNDEE, which is written with a much heavier Scots dialect than I use. I read it over and over until I had to return it and eventually bought my own copy. I also discovered Vol. 1 of a CD collection of Robert Burn’s songs. I had no idea Robert Burns wrote songs. Twelve CDs worth! That was amazing because I could actually hear it. And Burns wrote within 50 years of Will Glover’s time. When we moved to Switzerland in 2004, I was supposed to be learning French, but I was too immersed in learning Scots for the French to stick. I created a bulletin board full of notecards, ordered all twelve volumes of Robert Burns CDs from the UK, and read a Scots/English dictionaries instead of novels. Then I found an amazing website, scots-online, that enlightened me even more. I got so into writing in Scots that I over did it and the dialect was too heavy. On the advice of several editor critiques, I went back through the manuscript and took out tons of dialect, only leaving the merest gloss and relying more on word choice to give the reader an authentic feel for Will. The text is now very understandable, and if you have a hankering for Scots, you’ll love it! Margaret:  When will book 2 in the We Glovers series be available to readers? Who will be the protagonist? Angela: The feisty Janie Ellen, Will’s baby sister, will narrate the next book. She is my great, great, great grandmother. She, too, got married when she was fifteen! Rather than make readers wait for the entire book to be finished, I want to involve you in the process. I will be posting the chapters as I draft them on my liv2writ blog and wattpad.com. Writing is a lonely business. The most satisfying creative experience I’ve ever had was when I wrote the third Michael and Leesie novel, CAYMAN SUMMER, online with readers daily input. I’d like to experience that again with WE, GLOVERS. I am in Switzerland, and my research for JANIE ELLEN is in Arizona! I will be back in September for an extended stay, so I plan to start writing JANIE ELLEN then. Follow me on wattpad, my blog, or like my Facebook page to get updates.

Writers Wage War Against Cancer

Book Launch and Silent Auction 11.4.10While I was traveling to work one day in the news broadcast the Parker Jensen, story about a mother who was refusing chemotherapy treatment for her son. Because I am a nurse, I asked myself why a mother would decide against the best that medicine could offer for her child. This inspired the journey that led me to write my novel   Save the Child.

To hone my writing skills I took several writing classes and completed the Crafting the Character Based Novel, Polishing the Character Based Novel and Publishing the Character Based Novel Courses taught by Pamela R. Goodfellow PhD. At the completion of this MFA program Save the Child was launched at the Goodfellow Publishing Book Launch Celebration on November 4th, 2010 that featured eight authors – Dr. Goodfellow’s graduating students.

As we planned the event we noticed that each one of us had experiences with cancer.  Pamela had lost her spouse to esophageal cancer. Barbara Lofgreen – one of the original eight authors had stage IV lung cancer. Louise Laughlin’s husband was an esophageal cancer survivor; she lost her sister and sister-in-law to cancer, and had several other family members who were cancer patients or survivors. Anna Arnett lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Burns lost her sister to cancer in May of 2010. Lisa Finder’s brother and sister-in-law were cancer survivors and she had recently founded the White Lions Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in alternative cancer therapies. I lost an uncle to cancer, my cousin had ovarian cancer, and an aunt and uncle were survivors of cancer. At the beginning of my career as a registered nurse one of my past nursing instructors died of cancer. Throughout my thirty-four year career I’ve cared for numerous cancer patients both in the hospital and at home. The awful disease of cancer tied our group together even more tightly than the bonds we formed as students, and fellow writers.

We decided to hold a silent auction to raise money for cancer research during our book launch celebration. We wanted to make a difference in the war against cancer and called ourselves: Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. (WUFC) Lisa Finder said: “The opportunity to touch the life of another person in a way that makes us both better is given to me every time I meet someone with cancer. This weekend I had three people ask for help in their battle with cancer, an illness that remains beyond our current means of medical help. I see White Lions Foundation as a way to reach past the tips of my own fingers and join hands with the world to lift us out of the fearful tragedy taking the lives of cancer victims every day. Together we can embrace the positive elements of the earth and heal one another. I have lost count of the number of lives I have watched be taken by cancer and I hope one day the need to count these loses is stopped altogether. We must rid the face of the planet of this devastating illness.  The Goodfellow Publishing book and fund raising celebration is a great opportunity to share my love of writing with an event that highlights my passion to stop cancer.” White Lions became the WUFC fiscal agent.

After our first fundraiser, we didn’t want to stop. Our passions were stirred when we lost our classmate, Barbara Lofgreen, to cancer in January 2011. We continued holding book events to contribute funds towards cancer research. In the first year of our existence we raised over $6000.00. At the time I’m writing this article we are preparing for the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser to be held on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Our group has grown to over fifty members. Twenty-eight WUFC authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event.

One in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime. I think that is the cause that so many in our group are either cancer caregivers, patients, survivors, or have lost someone to cancer. We will continue to hold cancer research charity events in the future as our way to battle against the numbers: This year, more than 1.5 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and more than 7.6 million people around the world will die from cancer.

As a nurse with thirty four years experience I have always wanted to help find a cure for cancer. Now that I am a full-time writer I finally feel that I am working to achieve that goal with Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. I am honored to be associated with these kind and generous people who are also wonderful authors. Writers Unite to Fight Cancer strive for better tomorrows by donating to cancer research today. Together we can make a difference.

Writers Unite to Fight Cancer next event is the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. We chose two Arizona based research programs to be our designated charities for this event. Each will equally share 100% of the net proceeds from this historic event: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, collaboratively with Arizona State University under the direction of Robert Waters PhD and The University of Arizona Cancer Center natural product research program directed by Dr. Leslie Gunatilaka.

Lisa and I invited Daniel Rubin ND, FABNO to be our Keynote Speaker. He is also serving as our Medical Director for this event. We are honored that Arizona Senator Jerry Lewis agreed to be a guest speaker. CTCA offered to send Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO – naturopathic oncologist and Sharon Day, RD – nutritionist. Jude LaCava, Fox 10 News Sports Anchor and cancer research supporter, will serve as the Emcee for the first half of the program. Francis Battaglia, president of KFNX News Talk Radio 1100 will cover the second half.

The remaining members of the original group of eight WUFC Authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event: Anna Arnett, author of Lolly’s Yarn lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Lee Burns, author of Retirement Sacred or Scared lost sister to cancer May 2010. She also lost a close friend to cancer December of 2010. Louise Laughlin, author of I Must Be Dreaming, Santa Goes Shopping and Libby’s Vacation, lost her sister and her sister-in-law to cancer. Her husband is an esophageal cancer survivor. Cindy R, Williams, author of Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today, has a brother whois a testicular cancer survivor.

New WUFC members for this eventinclude Five to Thrive co-authors Lise Alschuler, ND and Karolyn A. Gazella, medical journalist who  both are cancer survivors.  Their sponsor sponsor, Kyowa, has donated 160 books to include in the complimentary gift bags that will be given to each guest who attends the event. Alschuler and Gazella are also co-authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and co-founders of the multimedia educational initiative Cancer Thrivers.

Additional WUFC authors at this event include: Angela Morrison MFA of Mesa is a young adult author of four published books.  Anna Arnett is a Chandler octogenarian and author of Lolly’s Yarn. Betsy Love wrote Identity. Betty Webb is a journalist and literary critic for more than 25 years. Her Lena Jones detective series is set in Arizona. Beverly Jane Phillips the author of Learning a New Language, Speech About Women and From Heaven to My Heart, God’s, Journey With Me. Beverly’s mother’s mother, mother’s brother and her mother all died of colon cancer. Reverend Cay Randall-May, PhD is an author and artist who is also a cancer survivor.  Her book with CD is Healing and the Creative Response.  Cynthia Roedig is author of Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat. David Arnett is co-author of The Baltimore Principles. David Lee Summers is an astronomer at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson. His wife is a breast cancer survivor and he writes science fiction novels. Dorian Tether of Scottsdale is a children’s book author and illustrator; The Pelican and the Whale and When The Coyote Howls. Gilat Ben-Dor of Phoenix is an author and CEO of Gusto Power. She wrote: The Confetti Path, The Rainbow Blueprint, and The Gusto Power Workbook. Kerry Lynn Blair, currently in Dewey, is an ovarian cancer survivor and author of Counting Blessings as well as several LDS fiction and young adult novels. Her 2011 Christmas story is Angels Bending Near the Earth. Marsheila Rockwell is the author of: The Shard Axe and Legacy of the Wolves. Her two year old son has neuroblastoma. Nancy Lee Burns, resident of Pine is a retired social worker and wrote Retirement: Sacred or Scared. Nancy lost her sister to cancer May 2010. Theresa Sneed is the author of No Angel. Theresa’s son is a cancer survivor. Susan L. Krueger’s newest book is Horrifa’s Magic Makeover: “Witch” Way to the Ball?

Writers Wage War Against Cancer with the Pen

Square WUFC Logo With Wording 500x500While I was traveling to work one day in the news broadcast the Parker Jensen, story about a mother who was refusing chemotherapy treatment for her son. Because I am a nurse, I asked myself why a mother would decide against the best that medicine could offer for her child. This inspired the journey that led me to write my novel   Save the Child.

To hone my writing skills I took several writing classes and completed the Crafting the Character Based Novel, Polishing the Character Based Novel and Publishing the Character Based Novel Courses taught by Pamela R. Goodfellow PhD. At the completion of this MFA program Save the Child was launched at the Goodfellow Publishing Book Launch Celebration on November 4th, 2010 that featured eight authors – Dr. Goodfellow’s graduating students.

As we planned the event we noticed that each one of us had experiences with cancer.  Pamela had lost her spouse to esophageal cancer. Barbara Lofgreen – one of the original eight authors had stage IV lung cancer. Louise Laughlin’s husband was an esophageal cancer survivor; she lost her sister and sister-in-law to cancer, and had several other family members who were cancer patients or survivors. Anna Arnett lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Burns lost her sister to cancer in May of 2010. Lisa Finder’s brother and sister-in-law were cancer survivors and she had recently founded the White Lions Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education in alternative cancer therapies. I lost an uncle to cancer, my cousin had ovarian cancer, and an aunt and uncle were survivors of cancer. At the beginning of my career as a registered nurse one of my past nursing instructors died of cancer. Throughout my thirty-four year career I’ve cared for numerous cancer patients both in the hospital and at home. The awful disease of cancer tied our group together even more tightly than the bonds we formed as students, and fellow writers.

We decided to hold a silent auction to raise money for cancer research during our book launch celebration. We wanted to make a difference in the war against cancer and called ourselves: Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. (WUFC) Lisa Finder said: “The opportunity to touch the life of another person in a way that makes us both better is given to me every time I meet someone with cancer. This weekend I had three people ask for help in their battle with cancer, an illness that remains beyond our current means of medical help. I see White Lions Foundation as a way to reach past the tips of my own fingers and join hands with the world to lift us out of the fearful tragedy taking the lives of cancer victims every day. Together we can embrace the positive elements of the earth and heal one another. I have lost count of the number of lives I have watched be taken by cancer and I hope one day the need to count these loses is stopped altogether. We must rid the face of the planet of this devastating illness.  The Goodfellow Publishing book and fund raising celebration is a great opportunity to share my love of writing with an event that highlights my passion to stop cancer.” White Lions became the WUFC fiscal agent.

After our first fundraiser, we didn’t want to stop. Our passions were stirred when we lost our classmate, Barbara Lofgreen, to cancer in January 2011. We continued holding book events to contribute funds towards cancer research. In the first year of our existence we raised over $6000.00. At the time I’m writing this article we are preparing for the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser to be held on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. Our group has grown to over fifty members. Twenty-eight WUFC authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event.

One in three people will develop cancer during their lifetime. I think that is the cause that so many in our group are either cancer caregivers, patients, survivors, or have lost someone to cancer. We will continue to hold cancer research charity events in the future as our way to battle against the numbers: This year, more than 1.5 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, and more than 7.6 million people around the world will die from cancer.

As a nurse with thirty four years experience I have always wanted to help find a cure for cancer. Now that I am a full-time writer I finally feel that I am working to achieve that goal with Writers Unite to Fight Cancer. I am honored to be associated with these kind and generous people who are also wonderful authors. Writers Unite to Fight Cancer strive for better tomorrows by donating to cancer research today. Together we can make a difference.

Writers Unite to Fight Cancer next event is the WUFC Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. We chose two Arizona based research programs to be our designated charities for this event. Each will equally share 100% of the net proceeds from this historic event: Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, collaboratively with Arizona State University under the direction of Robert Waters PhD and The University of Arizona Cancer Center natural product research program directed by Dr. Leslie Gunatilaka.

Lisa and I invited Daniel Rubin ND, FABNO to be our Keynote Speaker. He is also serving as our Medical Director for this event. We are honored that Arizona Senator Jerry Lewis agreed to be a guest speaker. CTCA offered to send Shauna Birdsall, ND, FABNO – naturopathic oncologist and Sharon Day, RD – nutritionist. Jude LaCava, Fox 10 News Sports Anchor and cancer research supporter, will serve as the Emcee for the first half of the program. Francis Battaglia, president of KFNX News Talk Radio 1100 will cover the second half.

The remaining members of the original group of eight WUFC Authors are participating in the 2/2/12 event: Anna Arnett, author of Lolly’s Yarn lost a niece and nephew to cancer. Nancy Lee Burns, author of Retirement Sacred or Scared lost sister to cancer May 2010. She also lost a close friend to cancer December of 2010. Louise Laughlin, author of I Must Be Dreaming, Santa Goes Shopping and Libby’s Vacation, lost her sister and her sister-in-law to cancer. Her husband is an esophageal cancer survivor. Cindy R, Williams, author of Chase McKay Didn’t Get Up Today, has a brother whois a testicular cancer survivor.

New WUFC members for this eventinclude Five to Thrive co-authors Lise Alschuler, ND and Karolyn A. Gazella, medical journalist who  both are cancer survivors.  Their sponsor, Kyowa, has donated 160 books to include in the complimentary gift bags that will be given to each guest who attends the event. Alschuler and Gazella are also co-authors of The Definitive Guide to Cancer and co-founders of the multimedia educational initiative Cancer Thrivers.

Additional WUFC authors at this event include: Angela Morrison MFA of Mesa is a young adult author of four published books.  Anna Arnett is a Chandler octogenarian and author of Lolly’s Yarn. Betsy Love wrote Identity. Betty Webb is a journalist and literary critic for more than 25 years. Her Lena Jones detective series is set in Arizona. Beverly Jane Phillips the author of Learning a New Language, Speech About Women and From Heaven to My Heart, God’s, Journey With Me. Beverly’s mother’s mother, mother’s brother and her mother all died of colon cancer. Reverend Cay Randall-May, PhD is an author and artist who is also a cancer survivor.  Her book with CD is Healing and the Creative Response.  Cynthia Roedig is author of Ginger Boy and the Silver Lariat. David Arnett is co-author of The Baltimore Principles. David Lee Summers is an astronomer at Kitt Peak National Observatory outside of Tucson. His wife is a breast cancer survivor and he writes science fiction novels. Dorian Tether of Scottsdale is a children’s book author and illustrator; The Pelican and the Whale and When The Coyote Howls. Gilat Ben-Dor of Phoenix is an author and CEO of Gusto Power. She wrote: The Confetti Path, The Rainbow Blueprint, and The Gusto Power Workbook. Kerry Lynn Blair, currently in Dewey, is an ovarian cancer survivor and author of Counting Blessings as well as several LDS fiction and young adult novels. Her 2011 Christmas story is Angels Bending Near the Earth. Marsheila Rockwell is the author of: The Shard Axe and Legacy of the Wolves. Her two year old son has neuroblastoma. Nancy Lee Burns, resident of Pine is a retired social worker and wrote Retirement: Sacred or Scared. Nancy lost her sister to cancer May 2010. Theresa Sneed is the author of No Angel. Theresa’s son is a cancer survivor. Susan L. Krueger’s newest book is Horrifa’s Magic Makeover: “Witch” Way to the Ball?

Award Winning Authors hold Cancer Research Fundraising Event 2/2/12

5.0.2Award-winning Arizona authors who are members of Writers Unite to Fight Cancer will hold an Arizona Centennial Cancer Research Fundraiser on February 2nd, 2012 from 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM at the Arizona Biltmore on 2400 E. Missouri in Phoenix.  [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Part 2 Angela Morrison Author Interview

CaymanSummer_Cover copyToday we continue the interview with Angela Morrison as part of her M+L Forever Blog Tour and contest. Last week we discussed her MFA education and writing process. Today we discuss her publishing and promotion experiences.

Margaret: I see that two of your books are published by Penguin Razorbill and the other two are not. Explain how you made the decision to self-publish and the process you went through to do that.

Angela: A week before SING ME TO SLEEP (March 2010) released, my editor called me and told me she was leaving Razorbill–that Friday. Razorbill had the sequel to TAKEN BY STORM, UNBROKEN CONNECTION, under consideration. I had a very stringent option clause with them. That Monday I got an email from her boss, the publisher at Razorbill, rejecting it. My agent was at a loss what to do with it. We agreed [Read more…]

Interview with Award Winning Author: Angela Morrison

Takenbystorm_Cover_frontToday our guest is author Angela Morrison as part of her M+L Forever Blog Tour. She wrote the YA novels: Taken By Storm Saga, books 1 2 & 3 as well as Sing Me to Sleep, 2010 Goodreads Choice YA Nominee.

Margaret: How has belonging to Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) helped you in your writing career?

Angela: I should be their poster child. I’d still be wandering around lost without SCBWI. I joined them when we lived in Canada. I’d published a short story in THE FRIEND magazine and felt I was ready to be a member. You don’t have to be published to join–many members aren’t–but I didn’t know that. I devoured their Bulletin and went to a local conference. Then I went to their annual conference in LA. I found a brochure for a low-residency MFA program on a table of freebies. I picked it up and noticed all the faculty had MFA’s from Vermont College. [Read more…]