My favorite authors are... Clive Cussler James Rolling J.K Rowling J.D Rob
This is only to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. To see them off to work or school.
With a cup of coffee, I open the file on Megan O'Leary, or the Morgan Koda Adventure I am working on. They are usually up to something intense or dangerous that I have to get down for my fans.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Taking care of my family, Working with other authors to get their manuscripts up to publishing standards. Gardening.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was... Where The Red Fern Grows. I was 8 years old. I was hooked on books from that moment on.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't have a lot of time to read with writing and editing for other authors, but I do enjoy stories from Clive Cussler, J. D. Rob, James Rolling, JK Rowling.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have had Nook and Kindles. I favor the Kindle Fire.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 8 years old. After reading "Where The Red Fern Grows."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My daughter loved bedtimes stories. But not the typical ones, like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, or even Sleeping Beauty. She wanted a story of her own, one that we made up. So the character Morgan Koda started more than twenty five years ago as a bedtime story. My daughter learned that only in a book could she go to different worlds where she could be the heroine. She is now in her thirties and is a devoted reader to her own young readers. In 2006, I met the man of my dreams and with him came a six year old boy. And Morgan Koda came alive again as she had before - in a bed time story. But this child was different. He wanted his new step-mother to add something new to the story every night. So Morgan Koda grew as my new son did. When my step-son reached seven years old, he told me he didn’t need to learn to read because reading wasn’t fun nor was it important. So I started writing down Morgan’s story - The one story he enjoyed more than any other. I, however, was a little resourceful, at night when my step-son wanted his bedtime story. I would read up to a really good part, then I handed him the pages to read. Though tears, fits, and just plan angry outbursts, he learned to read.
In June of 2010, I was arranging my files and to my great surprise. I found that I had over a hundred pages of Morgan’s story, and just four months later, The Morgan Koda Adventures Series was born. The series now includes… • The Mask of Noesis, Book One. • The Forest of Carren, Book Two. • The Other Island, Book Three. • The Plight of Indy, Book Four. • The Hunt For Ronen, Book Five, look for it 2017
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that someone will read my stories today, and for years into the future.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them writing my stories wouldn't mean as much.
What are you working on next?
A Megan O'Leary novel. She travels back in time to solve a murder she's out of time to solve.
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A simple English class assignment turns twelve-year-old Morgan Koda's world upside down, and she never dreamed delivering a Christmas letter to her local Mall’s Santa Claus would be her ticket to a world she never knew existed.