Interview with Julie Morgan

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter. She's an inspiration in my life that is unlike anything else. She's definitely my light in this dark world. My hope is to leave her a legacy she can carry on when she's old enough to start her own family.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm with my daughter playing games or building puzzles. For fitness I'm also a certified ZUMBA® instructor. Any free time when I'm not playing or teaching, I'm with my husband and/or writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually I follow my favorite authors and sometimes my author friends when they publish. I also have my favorite genres which is paranormal romance, fantasy and some sci-fi.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was quite a few years ago and it was on the line of paranormal and fantasy. I never published it but maybe one day.
What is your writing process?
It honestly depends on what I'm writing. If I have an idea about a story line, I might outline it to get the idea on paper. If I know exactly what I want to write, the words just flow and before I know it, the story is written.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read? That goes back too many years ago. I think the first story that had a serious impact on me was "The Shack" by William P. Young. It moved me in many ways and I recommended it to friends a family. The Hunger Games trilogy is another I felt I couldn't put down! Suzzane Collins had me gasping from page to page and sometimes screaming, "OMG!"
How do you approach cover design?
I imagine the characters in my head and what they look like. I think think of drawing in the reader. People say don't judge a book by its cover but honestly, we do. I want the cover to give life to what the book is going to provide the reader.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Shack by William P. Young (it touched me)
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (she kept me on the edge of my seat!)
Wicked by Gregory Maguire (if you've read the book or seen the musical you'll understand why)
Divergent by Veronica Roth (she put dystopian novels on the MAP! And created an amazing heroin.)
Anything by Kendall Grey. (She's amazing, makes me laugh and cry almost at the same time!)
What do you read for pleasure?
For romance or contemporary romance, I enjoy Jillian Dodd's book series of That Boy and the Keatyn Chronicles. Also enjoy anything Nicholas Sparks.
Something darker like mystery or suspense, I would turn to Carl Hiaasen or James Patterson.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Postcards, bookmarks and anything swag that will draw the attention of potential readers. Also answering questions about the book, offering to use their first name as characters. The last one has been most effective and the person enjoys picking what role they would like to play in the book!
Published 2013-10-11.
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