Interview with Laura Morgan

What is your writing process?
I love to fully immerse myself in my new story lines and have been known to hide away as much as possible until the rough draft is done. I switch off from normality but it doesn't take too long and then once the basic, bones draft has flowed the editing phase is where I have the most amount of fun. I have a very skeletal version, lacking in detail and depth to the characters and scenes and that's when I let my research shine or develop the characters and my 'writing voice' truly comes through. I then keep on editing over and over again until I end up with a version I am no longer feeling the need to amend or add to.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love romance novels, any kind of romance is usually fine by me! I particularly enjoy gritty, edgy story lines with epic scenes and gripping dialogue. I'm not one for sweet romances, rather suspense and action, o the edge of your seat sort of stuff.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading a lot of the 'Goosebumps' and 'Are you afraid of the Dark' novels as a child, truly loving all things horror and paranormal. I think they gave me a great start and remember reading all day long during the summer holidays rather than go off out with my friends.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have just written a stand-alone novel about a girl who gets involved with a New York gangster and her life is turned upside down thanks to him and the other mobsters he associates with. I had the idea after simply just wondering to myself how a woman would end up becoming the girlfriend of a powerful gangster, how she could become desensitised to his way of life and the bad things he would not hide from her. I then ran with the idea, and after a couple of weeks the story was written!
Describe your desk
I use a Mac laptop, which I know I shouldn't but I like the portability of it. Sometimes I sit at the sofa with it on my lap, other times I put in on my dining table and use it there, but mostly I love to take it up to bed and sit propped comfortably against my many pillows while I type. The only downside to typing in bed is that it's easy to get very sleepy and naps are often required afterwards!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far I have only been using Facebook and Twitter to market my two novels. I have had a great amount of sales already and am very pleased with the social networking side of connecting with readers and other authors. I have just started using Goodreads for reviews and feedback, another great way to connect with readers.
How do you approach cover design?
I browse for a photograph that immediately jumps out at me as being perfect for the overall storyline or as being a perfect portrayal of one of the character's likenesses. Other times I have been known to chose one specific scene from the novel to choose a picture for or even just something that really suits the genre and theme. I then use online software to add the finishing touches to the cover design.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a large town in south-east England. There is a lot of roman history there, however the area is flat so we didn't have the rolling landscapes of Yorkshire or the great lakes further north. We did have the beach close by which I still love to this day and have used the coastal towns of Britain in my novels.
When did you first start writing?
I have made up stories all my life, however I didn't write anything decent until the summer of 2013 when I became enamoured with the idea of Cate, my protagonist from my first novel, and she began haunting me so powerfully that I final wrote her story.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a kindle, not even a new one but i love reading books on it. I find it light and comfortable in my hand and easy to buy books on. I Also send my own documents to the kindle in order to have a read through off my laptop screen as it gives me a new perspective on the layout and flow.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read around 2-3 books a week, usually all via ebook stores such as Amazon's Kindle store and Kobo.
Published 2014-07-06.
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Books by This Author

When Darkness Falls
Series: Black Rose. Price: Free! Words: 11,310. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Romance » Gothic
When Darkness Falls and the creatures of monstrous myth are unbound, can the innocent remain pure and untainted by their lure? Do they truly want to, or is the seduction too hard for those open to him to ignore or deny… Find out in this new short story by Laura Morgan that serves as a stand-alone and prequel to the Black Rose series...