Posted on February 26, 2019 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
To all the parents who follow Fussy, we have a special request: Keep your kids underscheduled and nurture those overactive imaginations.
Why? The youthful daydreamers who have the chance to explore their imaginary worlds become the authors who allow readers of all ages to escape along with them, of course!
Take Mary Morgan, an award-winning Celtic paranormal romance author, for example.
Sure, her parents and teachers might’ve been a bit exasperated with her on occasion, but all of that time spent with her head in the clouds — and one fateful opportunity to unwind away from home — yielded eight novels across two series, plus two standalone holiday tales.
Morgan has graciously shared more on her journey to becoming a full-time writer with us.
SADYE: You were a daydreamer from an early age; did you write down any of your stories?
MARY: Absolutely! My first poems were at age seven. I kept them under lock and key in a special diary.
I adored animals and wrote about all our family’s pets. I still have these stories, too.
As I grew older, I took to writing plays and short stories.
SADYE: You’ve previously said that the closing of Borders prompted you to write — can you tell us more?
MARY: Actually, my writing journey began on my first trip to Scotland in 2000. It was an epic adventure.
Sitting on a boulder in the highlands at dusk, I was surrounded by the bleating of sheep and the mists.
My first series came to life within my mind that summer evening. After I returned home, I began to write in earnest.
When Borders Books closed, it forced me to step out of my comfort zone. I knew it was time to take a leap of faith and submit my own work.
I had already finished one manuscript and was working on the second, so the timing was perfect.
SADYE: How did you come to fall in love with the Celtic world and culture?
MARY: I’ve always been drawn to the ancient Celtic tales of mythology — from Cuchulainn and the Red Branch, to the epic sagas about the invasions of Ireland.
I blame it on my heritage. The blood of my ancestors flows heavily within me. They speak to me constantly.
SADYE: What magical creature would you be, if you could turn into one, and why?
MARY: A part of me has always longed to be a faery, even when I was a young girl.
I believe it comes from my Celtic heritage — a yearning to return to a time filled with legends and magic.
SADYE: With apologies to your real-life sweetheart, if you were to date one of your romantic leads, who would it be and why?
MARY: My knight in shining armor accepts your apology. ;)
If I had to choose a date, it would be with Aidan Kerrigan from Dragon Knight’s Medallion and my upcoming release this summer, Destiny of a Warrior.
Out of all my romantic heroes, his honor and loyalty have remained steadfast. I have admired his courage and passion for years.
SADYE: What has been the most surprising, challenging, and rewarding part of being an author?
MARY: Surprising: How so many readers have embraced my stories, including my family.
I love my fictional world and characters, but it’s an honor when others tell me they love them, too.
Challenging: The business side of this phenomenal path I’ve chosen. It can drain the creativity side tremendously.
Though my main focus is writing, I have to maintain the marketing and promoting of my books. Challenging at times, but I’ve learned to find a balance.
Rewarding: The passion of creating stories and fulfilling a dream I never thought possible.
In addition, the joy readers have shared with me after they’ve read my stories. These readers are treasured gems.
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