About Jennie L. Morris:
As a self-proclaimed Anglophile and research geek, it's no wonder Jennie L. Morris writes Romance and Historical Fiction with a flair for realism. Her love for learning helped her obtain degrees in Anthropology and Biology, which she often relies on during her writing process. Coming from NE Ohio and raised on a small beef cattle farm, life was anything but ordinary growing up.
Jennie resides in rural Kentucky, among the bluegrass and dazzling horse farms, with her amazing husband and their boxer Sir Archibald. When she isn't reading or writing, she feeds her tea obsession or perfume addiction, letting the flavors and scents fuel her creative fires.
What inspires you to write?
As a science geek and history nerd, I'm easily inspired by anything found within these realms. Plus, I'm a bleeding-heart romantic at the core–like, I weep at happily-ever-after, corny and cheesy stuff. When writing, I like to look at local things, things that may be part of a much bigger picture (say a huge world event) but from the perspective of a region, or even one small place. Many of my stories are set in Ohio and Kentucky, two places I know a lot about, having lived in both for most of my life.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
My favorite classical authors are Jane Austen, the Brontës, Charles Dickens, James Fenimore Cooper, Dante, Ovid, and of course the master, Shakespeare. Contemporary authors, I adore the late Diana Norman, Sally Gunning, Tracy Chevalier, Dean Koontz, Chuck Palahniuk, Julie Garwood, Adam Makos, Richard Dawkins, and innumerable indie authors who I'm constantly falling in love with.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I get an idea, I dive right in. Whether I'm writing historical fiction or contemporary, I want to get what's floating in my head out before it dissipates. Then, I get into all the research. To me, research is half the fun of writing. I want to learn something along the way, or I feel like I've cheated myself out of the experience.
If I'm in the mood, I can write for hours without realizing it. Other times, it can take forever to get a decent paragraph. For me, the best time to write is at night. My imagination or creativity or weirdness works better after 8 o'clock, which can be a real pain sometimes.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
For me, I'm the record-keeper for my characters. Their stories play out, and I'm here to write it down as best I can, and hopefully not make a debacle of the whole thing.
This sounds silly, but before I fall asleep every night, I tell myself bedtime stories. Or, well, I lay there and let stories play out in my head as if watching a movie–sometimes its a scene over and over, or the big idea. This will go on and on until I've got it down on paper. Bad thing is, it can really hinder sleeping. Also, I don't really see anything–and now, you're thinking…what is she going on about? When I "imagine" things, I have a difficult time actually picturing them. For example, when I read a book, I don't see anything in my head. When someone describes an item or scenery, I get the concept, but I don't actually picture it. So, when I "see" these stories while I'm waiting to go to sleep, its not typical. Yeah, I'm a weird.
What advice would you give other writers?
If you love it, keep at it. Learn something each time you start a project, and continue to learn. Writing is a craft, you'll never know everything, and if you think you do–well, you're wrong.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
First I went with a publisher. While I still publish some works through various other indie publishers, I started my own company.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I try not to think about it, honestly. I want to write books for myself, things that make me happy. I hate the idea of having to pick a genre or theme because it's popular now, so I should mold myself to fit in.
What genres do you write?: Historical Fiction, Steam Punk, Medical Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Spy Thrillers
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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