Our gnome is back with another in our series of author interviews! You asked, we’re delivering 🙂 Today we have Mary Morgan, author of the time travel series, The Order of the Dragon Knights.
How do you choose the names of your characters?
I search a name directory, usually Gaelic, until I find a name that “fits” the character. Trust me, they’ll let me know if it’s not right for them.
How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in your books?
Ironically, each of my heroines has a bit of myself in them, which was never planned. It just happened. My sister was the one to point out a particular flaw with one of my characters. Aileen Kerrigan from Dragon Knight’s Medallion always takes a fist to her chest when she’s frustrated. Well, apparently, I do the same. Yet, I never realized I behaved in this manner.
How do you choose the characters for your story?
I start out with one character that I have a clear image about and then others appear. They step into a scene, and I have to realize there’s a purpose for their appearance.
What inspired you to write time travel romance? Was there any one influence?
I’ve always been fascinated by history and the past. It started when I read Hawaii by James Michener during the summer I was seventeen. From there, a passion developed for historical novels, including time travel. I’ve often stated, I’m a lady in the wrong century. Don’t get me wrong, I love modern conveniences, but for the most part, I would be content to live in the past.
Is it possible to change the past?
I believe anything is possible.
If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
Tenth century Ireland! I would love to sit down and talk with the Irish King, Brian Boru. His reign was epic!
How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
My husband and I went to the ocean and opened a bottle of champagne. When we went to dinner, the menu had this note at the top: Congratulations Romance Author Mary Morgan! I’ll never forget that moment. My husband had planned everything.
Describe your writing cave.
I love my writing cave (area)! It’s in a corner in my bedroom that overlooks my garden. I have two desks–one is an antique secretary desk (400 years), and the other is my father’s desk. I keep all my research books, journals, laptop, and treasures within. Tucked in the corner between the two desks is a sword and axe. I’m surrounded by the ancient and the modern, so it’s easy to slip into the past within my cave.
What’s your favorite item on your writing desk?
A quartz crystal from Ireland.
What music, if any, do you like to listen to while writing
Music is my companion–my muse while I write. I can’t write without listening to some tune. Call it my crazy tick, but I’ve tried to create a scene without music and end up staring at a blank screen. My favorites: Celtic, fantasy, and movie soundtracks.
What do you do when you are not writing?
Love spending time in my garden. Also, I love to bake and cook. My kitchen is a haven after a long day of sitting at the computer.
What was the first thing you wrote, and how old were you when you wrote it?
Poems in my diary. I was about nine years old.
How do you balance marketing one book and writing the next?
I don’t relish the marketing, so I take care of all business first thing in the morning. I’m an early riser, so after breakfast and a walk, I tackle all the marketing/business end of my books. This frees me to write for the rest of the day.
What is the most fascinating aspect in researching and writing for you?
Finding historical information that’s perfect for your story and/or characters! Most of my finds have been serendipitous.
Salty or Sweet?
Cake or Pie?
Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
Definitely chilly winter nights!
About the authorScottish paranormal romance author, Mary Morgan resides in Northern California, with her own knight in shining armor. However, during her travels to Scotland, England, and Ireland, she left a part of her soul in one of these countries and vows to return. Mary’s passion for books started at an early age along with an overactive imagination. She spent far too much time daydreaming and was told quite often to remove her head from the clouds. It wasn’t until the closure of Borders Books where Mary worked that she found her true calling—writing romance. Now, the worlds she created in her mind are coming to life within her stories.
Visit Mary’s website at http://www.marymorganauthor.com
Cool! It was great getting to know you a little better, Mary. Now the gnome is turning it over to you–do you have any questions for Mary?
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