Friday, May 06, 2016

Interview and Giveaway Defying Destiny by Shelly Morgan

What inspired you to become an author? 

Honestly, I can’t say that it was any one thing. I’ve always enjoyed writing or telling stories, even when I was very little. It has always been a dream of mine to become an author since before I could remember, I just never thought it possible. Then life happened and the dream kind of died. Up until a few years ago, when I had this story in my head that would not go away (Rewriting Destiny). It would keep me up at night and plague my dreams. So finally, I decided to write it all out. I never planned to publish it, but at the advice of some good friends and family, I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did!

Do you have a specific writing style? 

I always laugh at this question. I have no idea what a writing style is or if I even have one. I just write what stories come to me and let the book write itself.

Do you write in different genres? 

So far, I have a written a few, but my favorite so far is MC Romance. But other than that, I’ve co-written a Paranormal Romance, I’ve written a children’s vampire book (for my niece) and also a vampire story for a good friend. I have ideas for a dark erotica, more MC based books, and contemporary style books.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write? 

Oops, I already answered that. I love writing MC Romance/Erotica. I think it’s in my blood.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book? 

The title for my latest book, Defying Destiny, was actually pretty easy to come up with. I don’t know if it’s because I already had the other titles and this one seemed to flow nicely, but it just came to me and it was perfect for the characters, so I went with it.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete? 

I try to title a book first because to me, it helps with writing the story. But there have been cases where I’ve started a book, Hybrids to use as an example, until the title came to me. Or, I’ve had a title, and then changed it as the story progressed.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

There’s a message in all my novels that I hope the reader gets, and it’s usually the same thing, maybe just in a different way. Don’t let what happens to you or to those you love define who you are. Be who you want to be and don’t let anyone change you. Be a fighter, not a victim. Rise up from the ashes. Kind of like, “I am woman, hear me roar.” ;)

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life? 

There is a little something from me in every book I write. Some are experiences I’ve had, some are personal things about me or people I around me, and some are things I wish I could be or do. But it all comes from my heart, whether it’s real or not.

What books/authors have influenced your life? 

Too many to name them all, and I feel bad just naming a few because it wouldn’t even scratch the surface.

What books are in your to read pile? 

Oh, wow…um, well, if you don’t tell the warden, I have over 1000 books in my read pile, and probably over 100 in my unread pile that are sitting in my library. I can only name a few otherwise it will take pages upon pages. These are my recent reads; Fearless by B.B. Reid, Rose by Sydney Landon, Logan Kade by Tija, Clubwhore by Kim Jones, Kian by Tijan, Breaking Love by B.B. Reid, Fear Us by B.B. Reid, Legend by Katy Evans, Fear by Jacqueline M. Sinclair, Devil you Know by Max Henry, Love Burns by Mandi Beck, Vagrant by Gemma James, Desolate Souls by Kira Johns, His by Jenika Snow, Blue by H.J. Bellus and the last one I’ll mention is Promise Me Once by Paige Weaver. (Sorry if that was too many, lol, I told you there were a lot)

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects? 

I’m actually between projects right now. I just finished a special short story for a special project I’m working on with a few other authors. And I’m getting ready to work on Owning Destiny. I wish I had something I could share, but I literally just typed “Chapter One” on that one. I do have a few other projects I’m going to be working on soon, but I can’t say anything yet about them, but they are going to be amazing!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

I find sometimes I have a hard time finding the time to write. I try to write every day, I want to write every day, but that doesn’t happen or as much in a day that I’d like. Then, there’s always writers block, though sometimes I don’t think that’s my case. It’s that I have so much in my head that I have a hard time getting the right then out.

 Who designed the cover of your latest book? 

TOJ Publishing Services designed my latest book cover! And I love it, I love all the covers in the series they have designed!

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

Don’t let anyone tell you you aren’t good enough. If it makes you happy, then go for it!

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book? 

I do! Here are a few songs on the soundtrack (Sorry it’s mostly country!)

1. All of Me by John Legend 
2. Burning House by Cam 
3. Castle of Glass by Linkin Park 
4. Down by Jason Walker 
5. Fall For You by Secondhand Serenade 
6. Fall Into Me by Brantley Gilbert 
7. Glass by Thompson Square 
8. Headphones by Florida Georgia Line 
9. I’m To Blame by Kip Moore 
10. If You Want A Bad Boy by Brantley Gilbert 
11. Jealous by Andie Case 
12. Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley 
13. Perfect Storm by Brad Paisley 
14. Smoke by A Thousand Horses 
15. Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert 
16. Who I Am With You by Chris Young 
17. Why by Rascal Flatts

Defying Destiny
Forsaken Sinners MC Series
Book Three
Shelly Morgan

Genre: MC Romance/Suspense

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Date of Publication: May 3rd, 2016

Word Count: around 74K

Cover Artist: TOJ Publishing Services

Book Description:

Twenty-six-year-old Louie Creighton knows there is something inside him he can’t control…

Ever since he can remember, Louie has had a short fuse. People always said he’d amount to nothing. He wasn’t smart enough to get into college. He wasn’t tough enough to be a Marine. No one believed in him.

No one except his father, Mike Creighton…

Louie’s father always taught him to turn the other cheek. He was a true mentor, teaching him how to be a man in a world of cowards. But when his father is murdered the day after scratching a winning lottery ticket, Louie’s inner monster can’t be contained. He becomes determined to track down the suspect at any cost. All along, he struggles to live by his father’s motto—To find out what you live for, you have to discover what you’d die for.

Then he meets Harlow McPherson…

Her entire life has been a battle. Harlow grew up in the system, bouncing from one foster home to the next. Most weren’t that bad, but some were hell.

The only comfort was the fact she wasn’t alone. Her twin brother, Hendrix, was always there—until he took his own life years later, abandoning Harlow in a cruel world. Unable to forgive, it’s Louie who reminds her there’s still hope.

When Louie unleashes his inner monster, and Harlow finally faces her demons, will they lose themselves to the darkness, or risk it all Defying Destiny?

About the Author:

Shelly Morgan grew up in a small town in Iowa. She has 2 older sisters and amazing parents. Growing up, she was always a daddy’s girl, hanging out with him in the garage, fishing, and building stuff. She loved to play softball and swimming, but reading, telling stories, and writing were her passion, even at a young age. She took a break from writing for a while, but you could always find her with a book in her hand.

Shelly has three children – two boys and a girl. They are her whole world. Even when she’s having the worst day ever, they brighten up her day and can always put a smile on her face.

A few years ago, Shelly had this story in her head that wouldn’t go away; it would always play over and over. No matter how many times she went through the idea—from beginning to end—the story never faded. So Shelly decided to put it on paper. She never planned to publish it, but when her story was almost done, a friend read it and said that it need to be shared. And that’s what stared Shelly’s writing career.

Shelly loves all genres of books, and even though she started with writing MC Romance, she has a whole book of ideas, so you can expect more from her than just MC, though romance is in her blood.

Shelly currently works part-time, but her ultimate dream is to become a full time author. She wants to be able to spend her days filling pages with stories. To be the reason people find a reason to smile or laugh from lines on a page. Reading a book always allows her to live in someone else’s shoes, even if for a few minutes. She thinks it’s a way to leave her life and troubles behind, so she wants to be able to help others do that as well with her words.

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