Morgen Rich grew up in the southwestern U.S., where the sky reminds humans just how small they really are. Staring up at a sky stretching into forever prompted her to wonder what was there, and thus, her writing career in speculative fiction began. She's taught English, American Literature, Women's Studies, and Communications and still dips her toes into teaching a course now and again because she loves to see the excitement of students exploring imaginary worlds. She lives mostly in Pennsylvania with her husband and two Great Pyrenees, Bianca and Tahoe. On occasion, she lives in Lincoln, England.
Her current project is a speculative fiction series that begins with Incorrigible: Secrets Past & Present. Incorrigible is Book One of The Staves of Warrant, a trilogy set in the Shifting Worlds Universe. Books Two (Discordant: Kin Foreign & Familiar) and Three (Seditious: Promises Broken & Bound) will be available in Fall 2013 and early 2014.
Get to know Morgen on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, or on her blog/website (Worlds Enough and Time) at www.MorgenRich.com
Describe your desk
Right now, my desk is a Bag of Holding. During our home renovation project, what's serving as a desk is a 3 x 5 foot slab of butcher block. Sitting on it to avoid inadvertent static is my desktop computer, named Johnny Depp because he runs way too fast and hot for his own good. Additional equipment atop the desk is a monitor, a keyboard, a stylus pad, a mouse, a cell phone, and a Kindle. Glass items on the desk include my dogs' treat jar (a half-gallon jar wrapped in a piece of leather stamped with a dragon and a Celtic knot), a covered jar holding a fresh cotton-scented candle, an antique porcelain lamp, and a ceramic pot for office supplies. Author swag for an upcoming contest (WAY cool stuff), a wooden box with a leather top that has the Incorrigible symbol, a pile of sticky notes with reminders about things to address in the current series and ideas that my muse has dropped on me, plus 2 pens, and my hardback "Black and Red" notebook round out the writing-related items on the desk. Believe it or not, the Bag of Holding stil lhas lots of empty space, which is sometimes where my earrings land. Oh, and there's always a bottle of Tylenol Extra Strength Rapid Release Gel Caps and a cup of coffee sitting within reach. :)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the southwestern United States in a small community full of ranchers and farmers. The terrain is so flat that one can see from horizon to horizon in all directions. That, of course, makes the visible sky vast. That sky was what prompted me to wonder what might lie beyond it and what it might contain.
There weren't a lot of things for kids to do in my hometown, so reading was a big part of my childhood (aside from the fact that I loved it!). Reading took me to places more exciting than my own, and that eventually led to me thinking about creating places others could visit along with me.
To say that my humble beginnings pushed me to cheer for the underdog in my writing would be an understatement.
Survival means knowing who … and what you are.
Gráinne’s made it home. This time, however, home isn’t the haven she thought it would be. She’s on a hunt for answers, but she doesn’t realize she’s the hunted until it’s too late. She’s about to face the enemy in a world that isn’t what it appears to be. To stay alive and protect her realm, she’ll need to prove that neither is she.
Failing once hurts. Failing the same test again is deadly.
Gráinne’s learned a lot, but she hasn't considered that survival may be out of her hands. She'll have to ace a test she's failed repeatedly, and the odds don't favor her success. Neither do the forces her party's about to encounter. She'll have to dig deep into a past she can't remember or lose everything ... again.
Gráinne’s search begins in earnest, but she doesn’t make it to the first stop before her freedom is jeopardized. In a land filled with corruption, subterfuge and danger, but none of the survivors she’d hoped to find, she isn’t prepared for what she does find. Her journey will take her underground in more ways than one, and she'll have to choose between her own security and someone else's freedom.
Entrapments is Part 1 of 4 in Incorrigible, Book One of an epic science fantasy set in the Shifting Worlds Universe. Being a partner in genocide is unimaginable for a peaceful, inept shape shifter like Grainne. She's about to learn about the unimaginable when she discovers the stars aren't what she thought they were...and neither is she. Even pacifists have their limits.