Author Interview With Briana Morgan

Author Interview

Meet Briana Morgan.

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Hi Briana! Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi there! My name is Briana Morgan. I’m a young adult horror and fantasy author, freelance editor, and playwright with a passion for all things spooky. When not writing or editing, you can find me on Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.

 

The Interview.

If you could use only one horror trope for a year – what would it be and why?

The final girl trope! Females are strong as hell, and I love writing badass heroines.

 

How has your experience as a writing coach strengthened or weakened you as a writer?

Helping other people work through problems in their process and manuscripts has only helped me as a writer. It’s always encouraging to see how many people struggle with similar issues as me, and sometimes while I’m researching or talking through an issue with a client, I’ll discover solutions I hadn’t considered before.

 

Fantasy vs. Horror – what genre wins in the ultimate battle of wills?

At this point, fantasy, since I have completed two fantasy manuscripts. However, I’m planning to write mostly horror from now on, so… horror.

 

Were there any books that really spoke to you this year from a reader’s standpoint?

I’ve been reading a lot of female-authored horror, and one of my favorite books I’ve read this year (though it wasn’t published this year) is The Awesome by Eva Darrows. It has a fun voice and Supernatural vibes and I couldn’t put it down.

 

What was the hardest thing you had to learn as you balanced being an author with your freelance services? What are you still learning?

It can be hard to make time for everything. Some days, nothing gets done, but that’s okay. This year, I’m learning how to take breaks, and that the world won’t end if I miss a day of writing or editing for someone.

 

Out of your published works, do you have a favorite or a particular book that has really stuck with you?

My favorite book I’ve written is Reflections. I learned so much about myself writing that book, and I think it has the best message in terms of emotional impact.

 

What was it like writing your very first play?

Strange, mostly. I didn’t think I’d ever write a play, but I had toyed with the concept of Touch for years. At first, I planned for it to be a short story, but the idea lends itself more to being staged and witnessed in real time, if that makes sense. It also started as a three-act play, which I condensed to one act. Funny enough, Touch is my shortest work, yet it is the most frequently discussed, performed, and adapted. I’m planning to do more plays in the future.

 

With the different hats you juggle – author, editor, coach, playwright – has any particular role challenged you this year?

I hinted toward this a little in my previous answer, but I haven’t been lending time to the playwright version of myself. I’ve been chipping away at a YA contemporary manuscript, editing for clients, and coaching writers, with little time left over for playwriting. Like I mentioned, I’m hoping to write more plays soon.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?

Do yourself a favor and read more horror books by women! Especially queer women and women of color. There is a treasure trove of books just waiting to be discovered, and it kills me that the boys are still running things. It’s 2019. Let’s change this together.

 

Thank you Briana for a lovely interview!

Author Interview With Holly Lyn Walrath

Author Interview

Meet Holly Lyn Walrath.

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Hi Holly! Thanks for joining us today. Tell us a little about yourself.

Holly Lyn Walrath is the author of Glimmerglass Girl (Finishing Line Press, 2018). Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a freelance editor and host of The Weird Circular, an e-newsletter for writers containing submission calls and writing prompts. Find her online at http://www.hlwalrath.com or on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath.

Social Media Links:
http://twitter.com/hollylynwalrath
https://www.instagram.com/holly__lyn/
https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Walrath/e/B01KVVE6HA
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14395887.Holly_Walrath

 

The Interview.

If you could describe writing a flash fiction story in just five words, what would they be? Go!

Pure imagination distilled to electricity.

Lately I’ve noticed how much my ‘editor’ voice annoys my ‘writer’ voice. Do you have difficulty separating the two? If yes, how do you make peace between the two different roles you have?

This is always a struggle for me. I’ve noticed this not intersecting with my writing so much as my reading. Since I began writing and editing full-time, I realized that I can no longer suffer through writers who I don’t like or that have annoying tics. If a book isn’t well-edited, it just doesn’t get my time anymore. I’m much more willing to put a book down and move on.

I find revision terribly dissatisfying. Even though I’m a professional freelance editor, I still have to get feedback and edits from someone else on my work. It’s hard for me to see my own writing from the editor mindset!
Share with us the background of your newsletter “The Weird Circular” and how it came to be.
About two years ago I decided I wanted to do an author newsletter. However, I didn’t want it to be some boring thing that people didn’t care about receiving. That’s how I got the idea to do a newsletter that was mostly informative. It curates submission calls from select markets, writing prompts that I come up with, and other strange tidbits for writers. I focused on “weird” because I wanted a word that conveyed the content in the circular was going to be for speculative writers, but also for writers who feel they are on the fringe of things.
What is the weirdest writing prompt you ever tried to write for?
Oh, I love weird writing prompts. My favorite prompt I stumbled across recently was to write a story using a title from the Pulp Sci-Fi Title-O-Tron (https://thrilling-tales.webomator.com/derange-o-lab/title-o-tron.shtml#titleotron) . It has some fantastically strange titles, like this one: “Ensnared by the Thing of the Asteroid.”
If you could live in only one of your pieces, what piece would it be and why?
I’d love to know that the world of The Joy of Baking (http://www.hlwalrath.com/thejoyofbaking.html) existed. An afterlife where you are greeted with cake and given the time you need to sort out your issues before moving on. It’s kind of something I think we all wish we had in our real world—space to deal. It’s ninety percent wish fulfillment, ten percent chocolate sprinkles.
What is an average day in the life of Holy Walrath like?
Chaos and words! On a regular writing day, I try to wake up early and get in front of my desk. I read for a little bit (usually from SFF magazines) and then try to write. But after that bit of writing time, most of my day is spent working with clients, on phone calls, self-promoting, going to community literary events, and sometimes actually getting to edit! It’s a constant juggling act, but one I am beyond grateful to star in.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with the readers today?
Be sure to check out my latest chapbook, Glimmerglass Girl (https://amzn.to/2MGh3aS). It’s a collection of poetry and images about womanhood and femininity.

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Thank you Holly for stopping by A New Look On Books!