About Morgan Amos:
Morgan Amos is a 27 year old Chicago native, and is the author of From The Killer’s Eyes. Currently she freelances for several online magazine publications including VMH Magazine, i.d.e.a.l. Magazine, Darla Magazine, and more. She’s a poet enthusiast and feels that writing provides another form of expression for people.
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me to write. I get inspiration from family, friends, personal experiences happening within my life, television shows, etc.
Tell us about your writing process.
As previously mentioned, everything tends to inspire me to write. I am a creative person so my writing process tends to be me sitting at my computer and writing what comes to mind. I tend to switch it up sometimes, and write in a spiral notebook. If I have an idea for a character or story line, I have to write it down as soon as it comes to my mind otherwise I will forget. I don’t have a specific process like outlining or character sketches, sadly. I’d guess you say, I’m a free-spirit when it comes to writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I interact with my characters by drawing from personal experiences I’ve had, to family, friends, and their experiences. I’m big on personality when it comes to my characters. I feel as though people reading your book should want to feel some sort of connection to a character or characters of yours, so I give them that. That’s what I would want to see and read, so I provide that.
What advice would you give other writers?
The advice I would give other writers may sound cliché, but it’s true. Don’t stop writing. Set aside some time for yourself to write. If you want to see your goal of becoming a published author come to fruition, make it happen. I would also say to make sure you have others edit your work That’s really important because they can give you constructive criticism to help make your novel the best it can be.
Make sure you also network. Find other platforms to help promote your work such as Book Goodies. Set up an event or small promotion of some sort to promote your work. Utilizing the different platforms on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. is also helpful, and remember to have fun. Take in everything you are learning along the way and have fun with it. This is a great opportunity/experience so enjoy the ride!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Since this is my first book, I decided to start small and go with self-publishing. I wanted to build a fan base and get my name out there for people to know who I am. Currently, I am working on my next book which should be out in 2015, and I am working towards going with a traditional publishing company.
My advice for new authors would definitely be to do your research on the different options that are available. Ask fellow authors, research online, etc.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is moving more towards independent and online. I for one, am more for wanting to have an actual book in my hands, but with technology constantly evolving with the different gadgets and choices as to how people can have access to reading books, the traditional way of having a hardcover book or paperback may no longer be available.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Mystery, Suspense, and Thriller
What formats are your books in?: Print
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