Interview with Rhiannon Morgan

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Red Bank NJ. This is a town close enough to NYC to get there with ease by train yet far enough away to be able to retreat into nature. There is enough influence from the culture of the city to fuel creative endeavors and enough creative people to find kindred spirits and a community. I grew up around creative people. I enjoyed discovering talents with peers through collaboration, performance, and exhibition. We had fun, it was playful, yet dark because we were high and careless or reckless and inexperienced. Poetry jam's and open mic nights were popular and these two types of social gatherings gave me confidence and a platform to perform.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 11 or 12. It was probably suggested by a therapist. Writing has always been a tool to process emotions. Perhaps one day it will be more of a creative endeavor and less of a cathartic process. I doubt it though. Any creative work I do is usually personal and intended to help me understand and cope. I don't think life is going to stop giving me reasons to need to cope anytime soon.
What's the story behind your latest book?
During a challenging time in my life I took to writing the story of cigarette smoking addiction. I needed an outlet so I would write about what was happening until I felt better. I am hoping that the personal story will help others going through similar experiences.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I don't have much attachment to the outcome. I am hoping that this book is useful.

I have computer skills and was able to use this site successfully. I have a much easier time navigating this platform then trying to figure out a way to an agent. I like the access.

I really love to write and can see myself using this site to share my work. I have only written one book. I'd like to write another. Indie is perfect for me because I can make this writing available from this dining room table, which is where I am, right now.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provides an easy to use platform for self-publishing with ample support such as style guides and video tutorials. It is a very supportive site to utilize. Smashwords makes it possible for me to have an eBook. It is also possible that I could earn income for my effort. It's all here and it is at no cost to me at his time. I have no problem with sharing royalties. I will be astounded if people begin buying my eBook! I will gladly share in the success with the host that makes my writing accessible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is the ability to provide and external connection to my internal experience.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans? If and when I do have fans I think they will mean that the connection works. They are the friend on the other side of my tin can telephone.
What are you working on next?
I want to write a book about reconciliation between extreme lifestyles and simple ones. I'm exhausted by apocalyptic thinking. I'm overwhelmed by a variety of topics that all seem to go back to living harmoniously with the earth. I like the idea of that but the granola approach tends to be out of reach for me in my urban landscape. My next book will probably address my struggle with the trauma I experience daily as I am bombarded with information about overpopulation, pollution, poverty, industry, globalization, factory farming, chem trails, pesticides, prison industrial complex, military industrial complex, exploitation of workers etcetera. I dislike feeling powerless in the face of such grand problems so I will probably document how I plan to address these societal ills in manageable ways. Something like that. Maybe.
Who are your favorite authors?
Marion Zimmer Bradley, Anne Rice, Cardin, Robert Greene
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun, my son, hunger, work, life and love. I have lots of people to do things with and for. I don't want to miss anything!
Published 2014-04-17.
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Books by This Author

Stop Smoking You Dumb F#CK
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,210. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Family health, Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
Cigarette smoking is a difficult topic. In this book I share an intimate story of addiction. I detail my own smoking habit and how I was able to change that habit and finally quit smoking. I also share the story of those close to me who could not. This is a personal look at the disease caused by cigarette smoking and the effects that are rarely attended to.