About Morgan Kay:
Morgan K Wyatt writes steamy romances with a side of laughter under the name of Morgan Kay. The wisecracking heroines and hunky heroes are similar to the ones in her mainstream novels, but in the Steamy Interludes series, the bedroom door is left open. Blind Date, short novella, made it to number 3 on Amazon Super Short Romances Reads. Puppy Love made it number 1 on humorous erotic Amazon list. Morgan is an award winning and Amazon best seller author.
What inspires you to write?
I started writing in first grade to provide alternate endings to our boring reading books. My endings included hot air balloons, bandits, horse stampedes, runaway trains, and cliff dives. Mrs. Wright, my teacher, didn’t approve of my violent endings.
I moved on to writing a school newspaper, which was well read by friends. To protect my literary efforts, everyone in the newspaper had code animal names, including the teachers. If it was taken by a teacher, it would appear to be articles about talking animals.
I even had students copying the original paper to get more copies in circulation.
In middle school, I rewrote the history of the world with commercials. Obviously, I needed more work in school since I found time to do this. This is also when I had my first work published, a reflective piece entitled Childhood.
Tell us about your writing process.
I envy people who are able to map out an entire story in their mind. I might get an idea by eavesdropping on a couple in a restaurant.
I have characters who do not always behave in planned ways, often making the tale longer than I intended. Then there are secondary characters who take over.
It isn’t unusual for me to get a third through the book, then decide I want to change something altogether. This is why I envy authors totally in control of their characters and process.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters do talk to me, especially when I want them to do something out of character to move the story along. It’s my own fault for making them strong willed and often stubborn.
What advice would you give other writers?
Believe in yourself and your journey. Writing is not a profession, but more a personality characteristic. Asking a writer not to write is the same as locking an extrovert in a room alone.
Writers should write every day. Sure, it will build your backlist, but it will keep you balanced and happy.
I recently retired as a reviewer and have read over five thousand books and reviewed a large majority of them. What did I learn from that experience?
Do not edit your own work. Your mind corrects sentences as you read them. On the other hand, don’t expect your editor to catch everything either. Many traditionally published authors trust the company to catch everything, only the author knows the soul of the story.
Have someone unfamiliar with your story or genre read it. This mimics the experience of a new reader.
Finally, have the book read to you. Narrator on WINDOWS will do this. The sentence read may sound different than you intended.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve done both, but feel I have more control self publishing from covers to release dates. It’s also easier to update books too. Publishers are always moving forward, which means if they wrote off your book as dead in the water that’s it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
People still enjoy having an actual book in their hands. It’s certainly easier to lend paperbacks. Publishers are actually going through Amazon looking for successful self pub authors to sign.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Contemporary romance, romantic suspense, romantic comedy
What formats are your books in?: eBook
All information in this post is presented “as is” supplied by the author. We don’t edit to allow you the reader to hear the author in their own voice.