Interview with Nessa Morgan

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot. Like, I'm a nerd about it. The moment I finish one book, I grab a new one from this stack on my bedside table. I'm such a weirdo that I have to meticulously plan what order I want to read my books because I'll just stare at all of mine for a good thirty minutes before I decide. Also, I hang out with my best friend a lot. We go see movies and fangirl about things, or we just sit and eat pizza. When I'm lucky enough, because it's limited on my cable service, I'll catch a hockey game. I don't get out to see it much in person but I'm happy just screaming at the television and annoying the neighbors.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of them I label "Want to Read" on GoodReads. I'll see a friend do the same thing and be intrigued. The rest of them I discover just by going through my Kindle feed. I hit "Buy" on 80% of the free ones just by cover alone. But really, I'll read anything. I'm not in college anymore and I miss it, reading is my way of keeping the flow of information to my brain. Also, I love throwing myself into a new world, it's a beautiful thing to me, the escape of reality for a good few hours.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I want to say the first incomplete story I wrote was a mystery based around me and my friends. The first complete story I wrote was for this Urban Legend/Horror Story unit in sixth grade. Mine was based on this large hill at the end of the street. It wasn't scary at all, I just loved to ride my bike up and down it. I was so entranced with the tale, I made it too long and my class hated me for taking so long to read it (because we had to present it) but in the end, they liked it. I was proud of myself.
What is your writing process?
I'm slowly discovering things that work for me. For Perfectly Flawed, I learned that I like handwriting a good portion of it, that's the only way I can start the story now. Then I write a rough draft. Edit it. Tweak it more. Then print it out (which I feel horrible about) and hand edit that. Then type all of that into the document. Have a few people read it and tell me what's weird or what doesn't work. Rework all that they've said. And that's all I've got so far. I'm an odd duck with writing. For the longest time before hand, I picture the story in my head, picture the characters and what I like about them. They live in my head for a good two months as I rework their lives before anything hits paper (or computer screen).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Let's see, it was Chrysanthemum, the story about the mouse named Chrysanthemum who was made fun of because her name was so long and so different. I read this just before I started first grade, my first year in school (I somehow skipped kindergarten). When I started school, all the students thought my name is weird and tried to get me to change the spelling, which I did for awhile because I was gullible and hated being different. It didn't make much sense to me then because I was so young, but when I was older and remembered my mother sitting beside me as I changed the name on all my homework, it just made me feel sick. Chrysanthemum had a beautiful, unique name, and everyone wanted her to be the same, my name is Phanessa and I slowly learned to love it, just like Chrysanthemum. I embraced my individuality.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no specific order, Easy by Tammara Webber. I read that just because of the cover but I finished that in one sitting. It helped me deal with something major in my life and it will always be my favorite. Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love the way she writes and I love the voice she gives her characters. They have a sass I wish I had in real life. Losing It by Cora Carmack. I used to read through the night when I couldn't sleep and I woke up the house because I couldn't stop laughing. I love anything that can make me smile, and this made me clutch my stomach in laughter, so it's also a favorite. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. This was the most beautiful love story I'd ever read and it had my bawling in the end. I don't normally cry when reading, like, it takes a lot to get me to actually sob, I may tear up, but I was bawling by the end of it. The emotion was thick and the story was beautiful. Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. Because I'm morbid, I love this. I have it memorized. This was the greatest birthday present I'd ever received. I love more than five and it sucks to narrow it down.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really will read anything but I love romances. I'm not the luckiest girl in love and these books sort of fill the void. They also make me smile, laugh, sometimes blush and giggle, and I love the feelings and emotions they put me through.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't really have one. I have my phone (HTC Sensation, so not a tiny screen). I'd love a Kindle but that will have to wait until I'm financially ready to purchase one.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing "songs" after my grandmother passed in 2001. Now, I put that in quotes because I suck at songs, so I basically wrote poetry for two years before my sixth grade teacher submitted my poem to be published in Celebration of Poetry (I believe that's what it's called). I continued writing poetry and the usually assigned essay until eighth grade when I decided I wanted to write a book. I'd start a story, get bored or distracted, and move one to a new story. It wasn't until the beginning of this year (2013) that I found a character that didn't lose interest to me and I stuck with it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is creating something from nothing. It was just an idea, a little blip in my mind, and now there's a world with my characters in it. They have a life of their own, they have feelings, they are more than just a character to me, they are people. I've never been more proud of myself than I was when I finished my first novel.
Published 2013-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Beautifully Ruined (Flawed 2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,930. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
After she feels she makes a mistake, Joey tries to cope with it--doing her best not to go back on her promise to herself. During this, she makes discoveries about her past and family--even breaking the law to do so. The night she gained her scars comes more into focus and she doesn't think she can handle it alone. But when a new boy moves to town, she knows she doesn't have to.
Perfectly Flawed (Flawed 1)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 160,860. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
When the nightmares become unbearable, Joey seeks to discover the cause of them: The night her father killed her family. But she can't remember anything about the night that cause the scars on her body. But the more she learns, the less she wants to know and the worse her nightmares get.