S.L. Morgan was born and raised in California. After 29 years of living in the Sierra Nevada Mountains there, she and her husband began their journeys of moving throughout the United States. She currently lives in Texas, where she and her husband are raising their three children.
In October of 2011, S.L. Morgan became inspired to write her new novel series, Ancient Guardians. With her passion and love for Jane Austen and other classic romance novels, she was motivated to write a novel series of her own. The Legacy of the Key is the first book in her novel series, taking readers not only into a new magical dimension—but giving them a feeling that they have been transported back in time—into England’s seventeenth century.
With her second novel in this series nearing its release date in late summer 2013, S.L. Morgan is currently writing in the third novel of the
Ancient Guardians series, and is excited to bring her readers on more adventures and journeys with these characters.
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Would you call yourself a born writer?
I wouldn’t call myself a born writer; I think I’m more of a born “story-teller.” I’ve always had a very active imagination, so I’ve never had an issue developing the stories; being able to convey my wild imagination to a reader and have it make sense to them took a little more finesse.
I was trying to find a book like mine, and I couldn’t…so I decided to write one myself. I combined the things that interest me most in the books I love – adventure, fantasy, history, romance, and characters that I love so much that I feel as though they’re a part of my family. I wanted to put a spin on all of those things, and the end result is this series.
What themes do you like to explore in your writing?
The themes I enjoyed exploring were, chivalry, benevolence, and being honorable. The reason why I write with these themes is because I feel that these are the things that society is lacking. I enjoy reading about times when a gentleman stands up when a lady walks into the room, or offers her his seat; when people make an effort to give to those are in need without expectation of getting anything back; and being able to trust that someone will do what they say they will. It’s so hard to be able to trust that people are honorable these days. We live in a very cynical world, but I believe these are attributes that everyone longs for, and I hope I do a good job of conveying them in my stories.
How long did it take you to complete the novel?
I wrote the first draft in four months. The editing/revising/rewriting process took much longer. It took me a year, in total, to take the book from conception to publication.
Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.
I am a very structured person by nature, and therefore, my writing follows a structured routine also. While my husband is at work, and my three kids are at school, I go into writing mode. I have to take advantage of those few hours of solitude (God bless them) so I can write, edit, revise, edit, write, edit, edit, and edit before my kids are home from school. Once the door cracks open just after 3:00 p.m., it’s back to reality for me.
What did you find most challenging about writing this book?
Interweaving the paranormal with the seventeenth century time period was the most difficult part for me. Finding a way to explain why an advanced group of people would live their lives without things that are technologically advanced was not easy.
What do you love most about being an author?
I love that my creativity has no boundaries. I love being in my imagination, feeling like my characters are real and that they’re allowing me in to tell their story. It’s just as exciting as reading an excellent novel and feeling as though you are living it yourself…the only difference with writing it is that you’re in the driver’s seat.
Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?
After a lot of research, I decided to self-publish. The amount of support that is out there for self-publishing authors these days is amazing. The self-publishing world is a huge community, and I have enjoyed every minute of interacting and meeting other self-published authors.
I am happy with my decision, I would say the only drawback to self-publishing, is that it leaves little time to be creative. If you have a novel out there, you have to market it. I think that if I had a traditional publisher, they would handle the marketing part, and I could focus solely on writing.
Where can we find you on the web?
Goodreads author page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6861881.S_L_Morgan