Interview with Cynthia Morgan   5 comments

Today’s interview is with Cynthia A. Morgan, author of Dark Fey. Welcome to the blog. Tell us something about yourself.

Morgan Cynthia AuthorMy name is Cynthia A Morgan, but I go by Morgan.  Or ~Morgan~ if I’m feeling very Madonna-esque.   Why you might ask? Well, the short version is that I am Welsh and Proud of it.  The Long(er) version is that my Welsh father was named Morgan O Morgan VIIII and I am also very Proud of that.  Naming the first born son Morgan O Morgan is a family tradition that dates back (in my family) to the 1500’s, but unfortunately my father had no sons to carry on the tradition; however, to honour him and the family, I use the name Morgan.  It is my goal to eventually legally change my name to Morgan CA Morgan. 

 

What a wonderful family story! At what point did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been a writer and have been writing poetry since primary school, but it wasn’t until high school that I KNEW I am a writer and began dreaming of that life-changing day when a publisher calls.  (A dream I still dream, by the by)  I wrote my first full length story when I was 11, illustrations included.

 

Ah, so an artist as well. Tell us about your writing process.

I tend to think the scene through and become familiar with the conversations, the emotions and the setting before ever sitting down to write it out.  I consider the inevitable results of the characters’ actions or what influenced them to make the choices they are making, which will set future events into motion.  Only when I’ve run the scene through my thoughts again and again, seeing it play like a movie in my mind, will I sit down at my laptop.

 

What is your favorite genre … to read … to write? 

I enjoy classic literature, such as Dickens, Austin and Poe because I enjoy the challenge set out by the proper use of the language, but I also I enjoy well-written Historical Fiction and, of course, Fantasy.  I enjoy writing the same.

 

What are you passionate about?

Other than writing, my passions have always been a deep love of animals/nature/the environment.  My interests are rather eclectic, however, ranging from the paranormal and spirituality to cooking, gardening, travel, and acting.

 

What is something you cannot live without?

Shakespeare and Music. I guess that’s two things, but without them, life would be flat, colourless and, in my opinion, very scary.

 

 

Morgan Cynthia Dark Fey CoverThat’s okay. I said “something” not “one thing” so there’s some flex there. Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way

I began writing a Regency Period Piece novel nearly twenty years ago.  It has transformed my writing and the way(s) in which I think about writing along the way, as I have revised it again and again and again, each time building the plot, expanding the character depths, and increasing its classic literary feel.  It has taught me the value of a thesaurus, the proper use of grammar, and the joy of writing full, expansive sentences (even if most readers today often find such writing difficult &/or tedious).

 

That is awe-inspiring, actually. It’s shows a great deal of diligence. That’s a book I’d want to read when you publish it. Where do you get the inspiration for your novels? 

Dark Fey The Reviled was inspired by a dream I had several years ago.  Other books that I dabble with writing have been inspired by everything from 1980’s songs to movies I’ve watched and places I long to go.  Mainly, more deeply, I would say that my own longing for a Soul Mate and that deep connective love they share is at the heart of most of my writing.

 

 

If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say? 

I have been told my writing is lush and lyrical, exquisitely descriptive (if sometimes overly so), and filled with emotion, as well as the fact that I tend to use the English Language to a degree that it is not often used in most contemporary writing.

 

 

The English language does seem to have fallen on hard times with writers, and consequently readers, these days. Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why? 

I believe I am a character driven writer.  My characters become so real to me that I often miss them if I do not do a lot of writing for a while.  I also find myself apologizing to them for the trials I put them through, all of which may sound a bit odd to the Non-Writer, but if characters do not come alive for the writer, I rather think they will fail to capture and hold the interest of a reader.

 

 

Oh, I absolutely agree! I have conversations with mine and I mourn them when they die. Do you write from an outline or are you a discovery writer?  Why? 

I am a bit of both, although my outlines never make it to paper.  I painstakingly plot out my scenes in my mind, run them through over and again, then write them, which ultimately inspires additional “discovery” writing, until I reach a place where I need to stop and consider the direction & plot yet again.

 

What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?

Most of my writing comes from a very Omniscient 2nd person, meaning I relate a great deal about what the characters are thinking and feeling.  I must confess, I don’t have a specific reason for this, but my style has developed into this over the years and now, trying to write without the emotion-filled insights seems very flat to me.  I also think it helps readers connect in a more personal manner with characters.

 

Do you head-hop? 

I generally try to avoid head-hopping, as it is confusing to read, however, I will not say I never do it.  In my Regency Period Piece, for example (which is not yet published, by the by) I write from the point of views of both the main characters, but when the point of view changes I indicate the switch with ******** in order to give the reader some manner of cue.  I also will not head-hop in a single scene.  I will write an entire scene from one point of view, then if I switch, I add the ********.  (If that makes sense!) 

 

 

It makes perfect sense to me. This is my Alaska question, because I am an Alaska writer. I’m going to drop you in a remote Alaska cabin for a month. It’s summer so you don’t have worry about freezing to death. I’ll supply the food and the mosquito spray. What do you do while you’re there and what do you bring with you? If you’re bringing books, what are they? 

I do love this question J  I would spend a deal of time wandering about, soaking up the vistas and views, exploring the beauty around me.  Then, naturally, I would describe it through words, in poetry, in stories, in blog entries, however I am able.  I would take a camera with plenty of storage discs; I would bring paper and pens (as I will assume electricity is limited in so remote a locale) and a few delicious bottles of wine for when I want to sit back and sigh J OH and I would bring chocolate, because chocolate makes everything better, doesn’t it?

 

 

Ah, chocolate! Talk about your book. 

Dark Fey, The Reviled is the first book in a planned Fantasy Trilogy.  It takes place in a land created entirely from my imagination in an unspecified time, peopled by Fey, which are full-sized winged beings with special abilities or gifts.  Many are telepathic, some have the ability to heal through touch, others have great speed or fighting ability; some are empathic and able to read other’s emotions, etc.  Book One: The Reviled is mainly about Ayla, a young Fey of the Light who is not only telepathic, but also empathic and has the gift of healing as well as discernment.  This extraordinary combination sets her apart and isolates her, yet her gifts are what brings her to the attention of one of the Dark Fey who are also known as The Reviled.  Made up of Fey of the Light who are abducted as babes and young children and then subjected to heartless cruelty, which ultimately turns them into monsters, The Reviled are abhorred by all.  Out of the darkness, one such Dark Fey reaches out to her through his own gift of telepathy  and, although she has been trained all of her life to fear and despise The Dark Ones, Ayla cannot deny her fascination with him.  The story unfolds, leading the unlikely pair into mortal danger, which brings them closer than either ever imagined possible.

The second installment of the Dark Fey Trilogy is Standing in Shadows.  It continues the story of Ayla and Gairynzvl , broadens and complicates their relationship with the introduction of several new characters and allows the reader the opportunity to discover  the Realm of Jyndari, the homeland of the Fey.  This second chapter of the saga reveals Gairynzvl’s true nature more fully, as well as his reasons for seeking to escape The Reviled.  He longs not only to be free of the Demonfey who abducted him 15 years earlier, but to liberate the other childfey still trapped among the heartless Fey of Darkness in their realm called The Uunglarda.  This second instalment is still in creation, though reaching completion, and will spawn the final chronicle of the Trilogy, which is still under development.

 

That sounds like a great story. Was it your intention to write a story with a message or a moral?

Yes.  I wanted to write something Dark with a Positive message, where the Light and Dark of the story is reflected in its meaning.

 

 

What do you want readers to think or feel after reading one of your books?  

I hope they feel they have spent time amidst the forests of Jyndari, where dappled light and magic are everyday things.  This is part of the reason I spend so much time and effort in description.  I also hope they become invested / connected with at least one of the characters, and, like I do, miss them when they are no longer spending time together. 

 

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

I confess, I would have to say impatience, more than anything else, but also the freedom to publish the story I wanted; word for word the way I wrote it.  I will, however, also confess that, had I known then how difficult it is to acquire a traditional publisher once you self-publish, I would have walked down that (traditional) avenue a bit further.

 

 

What do you find to be the greatest advantage of self-publishing? 

The freedom of having the first and, usually, the last word on what you put forth and the liberty of working as much or as little as I choose.

 

Conversely, what do you think self-published authors might be missing out on?

Traditional publishers still know the market far more intimately than most Indie Authors; they have far broader connections when it comes to marketing, promotion and publicity and the financial clout to open far more doors than the average Indie Author might ever even see.  At least, In my humble opinion (which is why I still strive for a traditional publisher).

 

 

Do you believe that self-published authors can produce books as high-quality as the traditional published? If so, how do you think we should go about that?

Yes and no.  I think a great deal of the Quality lies in the choices made by the author, whether I choose to spend months searching for the PERFECT image for my cover or make a flash choice.  If I have access to a professional Graphic Designer, will I decide to utilize that connection in order to produce something Quality, or throw something together slap-dash?  Conversely, unless I want to spend a great deal of money, my options as far as paper stock, printing and colour quality MAY be limited.

 

So where do readers find you and your book?

Dark Fey The Reviled can be found on Amazon at:  http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Fey-Reviled-Cynthia-Morgan-ebook/dp/B00RZMVNQQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1431913843&sr=1-1&keywords=Dark+Fey+the+reviled

Or the Shortlink: http://goo.gl/bk8E4h

At Barnes & Noble at:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dark-fey-the-reviled-cynthia-a-morgan/1121051605?ean=9781505413236

Or the Shortlink :  http://goo.gl/Nz75vW

My blog Booknvolume at www.booknvolume.com

My Twitter handle is MorganBC728

 

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5 responses to “Interview with Cynthia Morgan

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  1. Reblogged this on Daermad Cycle.

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  2. Thank You so Much Lela 🙂 I had forgotten what a GREAT Interview you put together and enjoyed reading it, in spite of the fact that its me LOL 🙂 Now, Im off to tweet, post and reblog it like bonkers 🙂

    Many Thanks!

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  3. Reblogged this on Booknvolume and commented:
    Author Lela Markham and I had a delightful natter about writing, Dark Fey and Alaska 🙂

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  4. Wonderful interview that reveals the thoughts, direction, and publishing information of a talented writer of magical stories. Morgan writes beautiful prose, and her characters are vibrant and real.

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  5. Reblogged this on s a gibson.

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