Interview with Hailey Morrison

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishing just seems…tedious. That, and I don't want some publisher destroying my story just so that I make it to what the people want. I'm INDIE for a reason!!!
What are you working on next?
A French Revolution style thing going on in an alter universe that has some countries that are in reality only backwards…mouthful, right? Let me explain. It's in an alter universe that is something like the world we're living in now. Most of the countries have unique names, but a few of them are…rather un-creative. I've tried changing their names, but it just doesn't seem right for my needed purposes (ex. CREATIVE NAMES: Allianced Union of Voron, Empire of Obourn, Hesmada…; UN-CREATIVE NAMES: Ecnarf, Acerima, and Dnalgne). Fortunately, there are only three countries with those un-creative names.
What's the story behind your latest book?
To explain why I'm writing Plagium. I've been on a reading craze in the past year (reading five books a week…seriously. And I mean novel length books.), and I noticed that every single book I read had some sort of romance in it, and quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of it. So, Plagium is my test to see if I can actually write an entertaining-action-packed-adventure-mystery that involve NO romance!
Quite a challenge, but I'm up to it!
What is your writing process?
Well…it all starts with the inspiration. This time, the inspiration was a song, Viva la Vida by Coldplay. So, once I find my source of inspiration, I start sketching out my main character. On this one, I listened to Viva la Vida over and over and over again until I had a proper picture of my main character. I then branched out to the characters closest to him, then to the villains. Before I know it, I have a whole cast! Then, I start the painstaking process of writing to typing. I get my ideas best writing on pen and paper, so I write out the story like a book into one or two notebooks, typing it up into a document as I go. Then, when I'm certain of where the story is going, I write out a rough plot that takes anywhere from two to ten pages. I go off of that rough plot and continue the writing-to-typing process. In between all of this, I'm sketching out new scenes I imagine and seeing from the pictures if I actually want to keep it that way. Some revising and editing, and out comes the story!
Long? Complicated? Maybe. But, it works for me!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get to become my character; it's like you're them and living their lives, but you're yourself at the same time…if you know what I mean? I feel as if I'm being confusing… :P
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Every little "I love your story!"s really boost myself about my writing style, and I can't thank them enough for even just READING my stories!
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a hard question…I'd have to say Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montogomery, Bonte, Anna Sewell, Charles Dickens…and many more!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching T.V. (more specifically, watching Little House on the Prairie)…drawing…reading…crafting…eating…
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was a story with Barbie and a prince. I don't really remember the in-between, but I know that they got married with a beautiful wedding…ah…memories…
I had written that in kindergarten–drew the pictures, stapled together the pages, and made it as close to a book as possible! I'm not sure how, but I won the Young Author's Awards for my grade (and I don't think kindergartners were eligible; I never entered for the contest!).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No, but I do remember the first serious story I've ever read. It was Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I was a bored kid in 4th grade, and happened to notice that book in the library. I assumed that if it was in an elementary school, it's good enough to read, and I quickly realized how interesting a classic book can be! After then, the majority of the books I read are classics, and the style of my stories are heavily influenced by them.
Published 2014-12-23.
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