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19 Oct

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FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF BE NOT AFRAID- K.R. MORRISON

19 Oct

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF BE NOT AFRAID- K.R. MORRISON

K. R. Morrison author of “Be Not Afraid”

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

My book is inspired by my faith, not by any fascination with the creatures of the darkness.  In truth, the very idea of vampires petrifies me.  I can’t even re-read my own book!!

What would you like for everyone to know about your book “Be Not Afraid”?

Above all else, the vampires in my book do not sparkle.  They do not have angst.  They are demons, through and through.  And they are…horrifying.

What genre does “Be Not Afraid” fall under?

This book is really a hybrid.  I would call it paranormal suspense/horror, but it has a lot in it that would be considered “inspirational” as well.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I’ll bet you won’t get this answer too often:  This creation was spawned from a nightmare I had one night in April of 2010.  I dreamed I was being attacked by a vampire.  Yeesh—it still makes me squirm.  All of my senses were engaged; I could feel everything.  The weirdest sensation was feeling my veins collapse from the blood being drained from them.  Very painful.  When I woke up, although I was totally wide awake, my thoughts segued into what could be thought of as Part 2, and from there the story grew.  My mind was never without it for three weeks; every time the story came to an end, it would start over, adding more and more detail.  Finally I had to write it down.  As I did, those parts on paper went away from inside my head.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like?

I write in the evenings usually, because I enjoy being outside or doing some sort of physical activity when it’s daylight.  I find it very hard to sit for long periods of time.  As I look around my “setting”, I have to laugh.  For someone who likes things tidy, this area is certainly a departure from normal.  I have my laptop and my manuscript (which I write out first before typing it in) on the dining room table, along with several quilt projects, a small ironing board, DVDs of “Dark Shadows” (both the new movie and the TV series), and sometimes my cat.

Your book is a good versus evil and how do you react day today with this?

There is a lot of evil out there, disguised as “good” or at the very least “harmless”.  We won’t see the forces of darkness for what they are, because they don’t want to show their true colors until they have their victims.  Faith is what helps us discern true good from evil, and keeps us safe through any turmoil as long as we follow the good.

If you were to have lunch with one of your characters from your book which would it be and why?

Saint Therese.  She is my patron saint, and I have always admired how she lived her life.  It is so simple and direct.  I would love to have her by my side to guide me.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I think we’d get along pretty well, although  I would probably embarrass her somewhat.  She was such a quiet, unassuming girl, and I’m, uh, not.  She’d be trying to get me to quiet down, and I would for a bit, but then I’d be “me” again.

Will there be a follow up to “Be Not Afraid”?

I have a prequel/sequel that I’m working on, entitled “Resurgence: The Rise of Judas”.  It already dwarfs the first book, with 655 handwritten pages so far.  In it, we start out in the time of Adam and Eve, hop to the end of the Gospels, then it’s off to 14th-century Carpathia, 17th-century Scotland, 19th-century New Orleans, and then to the present time.  The book takes in the characters of the first story and moves on to their next skirmish with the darkness.  It’s almost done….I think.

So what else is in the future for you?

I’m hoping to write a third book to round out the series. I hadn’t originally planned a third one, but the characters in my present manuscript had a meeting without inviting me, and they decided that little Toby would have some interesting powers that would lead into the final battle.  And I’ve discovered that short stories are a lot of fun to write, so will keep up with that.  I’ve met a lot of fellow writers on Facebook, and I hope to be able to stay in contact with them.

What author, alive or dead, would you like to collaborate on a book with?

I have always loved Robert Louis Stevenson’s work.  It would be terrific to write with him.

What would you like it to be about?

An adventure story, probably suited for kids.  I loved Stevenson’s poetry for children, and it would be great fun to write something like that. 

Friend K.R. Morrison

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

12 Oct

FEATURE FRIDAY WITH AUTHOR OF THE HEALING GAME-SUZY MILHOAN

Suzy Milhoan author of “The Healing Game”

 

What would you like everyone to know about you?

I have been through a lot of tragedy over my lifetime, but I have not given up. I am a survivor and nothing will keep me down. I hope that what I have learned through it can help others who are struggling through the same things. That is the focus of several of my books as I just began my writing career.

What would you like for everyone to know about your book?

It is an inspirational story for others who have lost someone. It displays the progress of my grief from deep depression through my decision to move on and finally becoming happy again. It gives hope to others that if I could come out of what I did, so can they.

What genre does “The Healing Game” fall under?

 It is a memoir that falls under the autobiography genre.

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I was in school and had to write a creative non-fiction piece and decided to use the subject of losing my husband from colon cancer. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take myself back into that deep subject, but thought it would help me heal even further, so I did. It was a great piece and did help me further. Later, I decided I would write a book on it to help others who are dealing with a loss and also as a tribute to my husband, Kevin. The responses I have received from the book prove I was successful in doing both.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like ?

I try to write everyday, but with my schedule that is sometimes hard. My schedule is setup to write a few hours in the morning and a few in the afternoon. With that, I also have time scheduled for reading. I believe reading books in your genre are just as important to learn from others.

As you know, Hotlit Books’ goal is to help authors, so what advice do you offer?

Read just as much as you write. Read successful writers in your genre. Not only will you learn tips from their writing style, but also ideas will pop into your head based on what you read.

 

What past or present author would you like to collaborate on a book and why?

My favorite author is Jodi Picoult. I would love to collaborate with her. I am amazed how she is able to write in multiple voices throughout a book, and then bring them all back together to a successful ending.

Will there be a follow up to “The Healing Game”? 

No, It was a one-time deal.

I read that you are working on “Where’s My Family” are you willing to give us some insight of what it is going to be about?

Sure. This is at the printers right now. It is about a family of rabbits that live under a deck in a burrow. The main character, Johnnie, is a rebel and doesn’t like to listen too well. He ignores what his mother tells him and gets into some trouble. Soon after, the family is trying to find him and they begin to disappear as well. Eventually, they are all reunited as a family in the end.

So what else is in the future for you?

I believe my path for now will be in stories that can help others and children’s books. My passion is to help others through the tragedy I have gone through in my life and also bring joy to children. I may do a series on the bunny family in “Where’s My Family” and I am deciding on which major project to do next right now.

I have always wanted to write about my childhood growing up with domestic violence and also child abuse. My hope is to write about it from the child’s voice so that mother’s could find the extra strength it takes to get out of the situation.

At some point, I believe I will write about my brother, Mike, who suffered from bi-polar and ended his life in suicide. Again, hoping to educate others on bi-polar and the importance for remaining on medication even when the patient feels fine.         

I have read Blindfolded and so sorry for your loss and it is great that you shared it.  How are you coping with it now?

What I have learned through the grieving process I suffered when I lost my husband has helped me cope with losing my brother. I am also able to help my mother. I now recognize the stages she is going through and I am able to talk intelligently to her about how she is feeling. Her greatest compliment to me one day after one of our long talks was when she said, “You just made my day.”

We just made it through my brother’s birthday on September 30th. He would have been 49. We gathered, as a family, at my mother’s to help her keep her mind of it. The 2-year anniversary of his death is October 26th, and I’m sure that will be another tough day.

Friend Suzy!

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