Morgan Smith has been a goatherd, an artist, a landscaper, a weaver, a bookstore owner, a travel writer and an archaeologist, and she will drop everything to go anywhere, on the flimsiest of pretexts. Writing is something she has been doing all her life, though, one way or another, and now she thinks she might actually have something to say.
What made you start writing?
In a way, I've been writing all my life. I just didn't always get it down on paper... But "A Spell in the Country" was written in the 90's, after I got a dare from a publisher's rep, when I owned my bookstore. They'd sent us this advance copy of a really dreadful novel - I mean nobody who tried could get past about page 2, and believe me, we tried! I told him it wasn't worth the death of even one tree, and he made all these apologetic/defensive statements about it being pretty hard to write a novel. I said that it might be hard to write a GOOD novel, but that just writing any old novel obviously wasn't that hard. And he dared me to write one - good or bad. About nine months later, I typed "The End" into my computer and there we were.
You started out by writing fantasy, and that's where your heart seems to lie, so "Flashbacks" is a big departure for you. What made you want to write a memoir?
I think it was partly (cough) age. You really do get to a point where you realize that half the people you know didn't live through the same things or times. But I also think that the sixties still have some lessons to teach us. And it was a rollicking, no-holds-barred good time, we shouldn't forget that. People seem to have lost that ability to just plunge into the world and into the future with hope. I wanted to let people - younger people, I guess - know that it's okay to do this. That you can take a few risks.That you should take them. That's what life is for.
Enter a world of magic and mayhem through the experiences of everyday heroes. The novels of the Averraine Cycle follow the long shadows of a mythical past as they affect those who are confronted with the remnants of an ancient evil, one that still threatens to overturn centuries of uneasy peace.. The books are connected, but are also "stand-alone" tales that can be read in any order.
Manners meet magic in this tale, where curses mix with curtseys, and Charm takes on a whole new dimension Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen fans will love this romantic fantasy, set in a Regency that never was.
What if you weren’t what heroes are made of? What if you were just an ordinary soldier, with ordinary skills and ordinary goals? What if you weren’t “The Chosen One” but still had to try to save the world?
They said ill winds blew at her back. They said she was cursed, a hex, and a jinx. And it was true: everywhere she went, no matter what she did, misfortune seemed to follow in her wake. But that, of course, wasn’t the worst of it.
A lighthearted look at a day in the English countryside. Morgan Smith is, among many other things, an archaeologist and a travel writer. Her advice for an excursion into the wilds of Yorkshire? Take a map, and your sense of humor. And never rely on a native guide...
Multiverse Superhero in Waiting
on May 18, 2015
It's kind of YA (protagonist is a 16 year old boy), it's fast-paced and light, and reminiscent in a bizarre way, of Terry Pratchett. It's also really weird, but in a good way.
The author also has one of the best author interviews ever, which is what induced me to buy it. I wish he had a sample chapter or two, and he definitely needs an FB page or a blog or something, because he seems like an interesting guy.
Also, it's under-priced. Get it now, because I suspect he may realize what a good book this is and charge more.