Interview with Stacie Morrell

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. My mom read it to me when I was a child, and it was one of her favorites. It was always something special between us. That's why I wrote a sequel, I had to know what came next.

Ready Player One. This was a unique and page turning book packed with geeky Easter Eggs from the 1980's, when I grew up.

The Thirteenth Tale. Riveting. Tightly written. Kept me up into the wee hours of the morning.

Ammie Come Home. I love anything by Barbara Michaels, but this is an essential read for ghost story connoisseurs. One of the few books I've read twice.

Beauty by Anne McKinley. Retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The best version ever. Really.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything. Mostly literary mystery, suspense and poetry, but I read everything. Seriously. Except romance.
Describe your desk
Chaos contained. But they are meaningful piles.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small Oregon town, and both my parents were English teachers. My dad has a doctorate of English Literature and my mom was an English/Reading instructor for 40 years.

We read and played words games for fun. Until Atari came out with Pong, then my dad and I did that for hours.
When did you first start writing?
In middle school. I started with poetry and short stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie authors have creative control, instant gratification, and don't have to win the publishing lottery to get an agent or publisher.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting those pesky words, thoughts, ideas, out of my head and onto the page in some acceptable and satisfying manner so they will stop pestering me. Creating something of worth is really satisfying.
What are you working on next?
Another poetry collection, an easy reader, and a middle reader.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I struggle with depression and anxiety, so sometimes getting up and facing the world is quite difficult. However I am a mom and we don't get time-outs, and my job needs me no matter how I'm feeling.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I LARP (Live Action Role Play) with Dystopia Rising Oregon sometimes. I read every evening. I watch Netflix.
Published 2017-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Grey Today...But That's Okay: Poems
Price: $10.88 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
Three sections explore the Facts of life (marriage, parenting, friendship, loss, etc.) Feelings and Faith (depression and anxiety, faith, God, etc.), and Fantasy (fairy tales and their relationship with faith and life.)
Sir Stan the Bogeyman
Price: $9.95 USD. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
Do dark places bother you? The space under your bed… The closet, door slightly ajar… Do you believe in the Boogey Man? Who is he? Where did he come from? What does he want? Maybe he has a story to tell, And we should listen.
The Forgotten Room - A Sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden'
Price: $7.15 USD. Words: 44,150. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Europe
'The Forgotten Room' begins a mater of months after the original, and continues the stories of Mary, Colin, Dickon and the rest of the beloved characters from 'The Secret Garden.' This is the story of what happens next to the people of Misselthaite Manor. Mary finds another secret, learns more about Colin and her friends, gets a tutor, and faces a crucial decision or two.