Interview with Cynthia A. Morgan

Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to think the scene through and become familiar with the conversations, the emotions and the setting before ever sitting down to write it out. I consider the inevitable results of the characters’ actions or what influenced them to make the choices they are making, which will set future events into motion. Only when I’ve run the scene through my thoughts again and again, seeing it play like a movie in my mind, will I sit down at my laptop.
What is your favorite genre … to read … to write?
I enjoy classic literature, such as Dickens, Austin and Poe because I enjoy the challenge set out by the proper use of the language, but I also I enjoy well-written Historical Fiction and, of course, Fantasy. I enjoy writing the same.
Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?
Dark Fey The Reviled was inspired by a dream I had several years ago. Other books that I dabble with writing have been inspired by everything from 1980’s songs to movies I’ve watched and places I long to go. Mainly, more deeply, I would say that my own longing for a Soul Mate and that deep connective love they share is at the heart of most of my writing.
If someone who hasn’t read any of your novels asked you to describe your writing, what would you say?
I have been told my writing is lush and lyrical, exquisitely descriptive (if sometimes overly so), and filled with emotion, as well as the fact that I tend to use the English Language to a degree that it is not often used in most contemporary writing.
Are you a plot driven or character driven writer? Why?
I believe I am a character driven writer. My characters become so real to me that I often miss them if I do not do a lot of writing for a while. I also find myself apologizing to them for the trials I put them through, all of which may sound a bit odd to the Non-Writer, but if characters do not come alive for the writer, I rather think they will fail to capture and hold the interest of a reader.
How do you approach cover design?
I want the cover to be an extension of the story; to be a window into the world I am writing about and to give some hint about what I am writing. For Dark Fey I kept the covers simple and chose not to show images of the characters, as I believe each person creates the characters in their own minds and, often, showing a specific image of them can detract from the magic of the story.
Tell us briefly about your books
Dark Fey, The Reviled is the first book in a planned Fantasy Trilogy. It takes place in a land created entirely from my imagination in an unspecified time, peopled by Fey, which are full-sized winged beings with special abilities or gifts. Many are telepathic, some have the ability to heal through touch, others have great speed or fighting ability; some are empathic and able to read other’s emotions, etc. Book One: The Reviled is mainly about Ayla, a young Fey of the Light who is not only telepathic, but also empathic and has the gift of healing as well as discernment. This extraordinary combination sets her apart and isolates her, yet her gifts are what brings her to the attention of one of the Dark Fey who are also known as The Reviled. Made up of Fey of the Light who are abducted as babes and young children and then subjected to heartless cruelty, which ultimately turns them into monsters, The Reviled are abhorred by all. Out of the darkness, one such Dark Fey reaches out to her through his own gift of telepathy and, although she has been trained all of her life to fear and despise The Dark Ones, Ayla cannot deny her fascination with him. The story unfolds, leading the unlikely pair into mortal danger, which brings them closer than either ever imagined possible.

The second installment of the Dark Fey Trilogy is Standing in Shadows. It continues the story of Ayla and Gairynzvl , broadens and complicates their relationship with the introduction of several new characters and allows the reader the opportunity to discover the Realm of Jyndari, the homeland of the Fey. This second chapter of the saga reveals Gairynzvl’s true nature more fully, as well as his reasons for seeking to escape The Reviled. He longs not only to be free of the Demonfey who abducted him 15 years earlier, but to liberate the other childfey still trapped among the heartless Fey of Darkness in their realm called The Uunglarda. This second instalment is still in creation, though reaching completion, and will spawn the final chronicle of the Trilogy, which is still under development.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To Write; To Paint with Words as an Artist Bedecks his canvas with hues and shades and layers of pigmentation; To Sing a Melody upon which the gaze may Linger and over which the Heart may Muse again and again: To Create visual Splendour with grammar and language that is, perhaps, fundamentally underutilized or neglected, to me, is the most Beguiling form of Intoxication in which I could ever take Pleasure and, for you, Dear Intrepid Reader, to Undertake the Journey; to Brave the Frontier of Superfluous Verbosity and reach the shore with a Smile (though, perchance, to some extent exhausted), is, Hopefully, far more Rewarding an Endeavor than many.
What point of view do you prefer to write, and why?
Most of my writing comes from a very Omniscient 2nd person, meaning I relate a great deal about what the characters are thinking and feeling. I must confess, I don’t have a specific reason for this, but my style has developed into this over the years and now, trying to write without the emotion-filled insights seems very flat to me. I also think it helps readers connect in a more personal manner with characters.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the third (and final) installment of the Dark Fey Trilogy: Breaking Into The Light, which will tell the ongoing tale of Gairynzvl and his band of Liberators, the lives of the Fey of the Light and the consequences of stealing into the realm of The Reviled …..
Published 2016-01-18.
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