C. A. Morgan


C. A. Morgan is a self-taught writer, artist and armchair theorist who earned her degree in Commercial Art from Michigan's Ferris State University, and calls Vermont's Northeast Kingdom home. She shares rural life with her husband and their five children, a mongrel labshepweiller named Fudge, a persnickety Maine Coon cat, occasional moose and seasonal livestock. This is her first published novel.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing characters develop in unexpected ways, sometimes characters and plotlines that I never anticipated taking on a life of their own. And I love tying up loose ends. Going back in and connecting the dots is very satisfying, hopefully for my readers too.
What is your writing process?
Part organized mess, part.... no.... it's all organized mess. Emrysia Awakening started percolating when I was drawing the image of Aryelle used on the cover. That was -argh!- over twenty-five years ago! Over the course of many too-busy-to-write years, I'd jot down ideas on whatever scrap of paper was handy. I've actually still got some. When I finally decided in earnest to sit down and write, I started by creating the Empayan language and a five generation genealogy. Each character had to have a back story. At first, I thought the book was going to be about Aryelle's parents, but then, as often happens, this plucky teenager and her drama took center stage. I came up with outlines for most of it, but when storylines unexpectedly present themselves, I like to head down the path to see where it leads. Sometimes I turn around and come back to the original idea, but more often than not, the new path is much more interesting. But nothing is wasted. I have pages of text that will someday flesh out the story, I just don't know exactly where yet. It's an intuition thing, I guess, this following where life takes you. You can plan all you want, but you never see around the bend.... Anyhow, once the book was written, I had advance readers give me feedback. I did several edits, which I actually enjoyed, and have even tweaked it once or twice since it was first published.
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Emrysia: Awakening
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 74,560. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Heir to the exalted Seat of Ka’Andharra, luminarie maiden Aryelle challenges both boundaries and abilities when she leaves behind her sheltered, tree-born realm. Saddled with the care of her young cousin, she traverses the magical, shifting landscape of Emrysia, making important new friends - and enemies - as their perilous trek leads them into the darkest of places.