Friday, June 5, 2015

Megan Morgan ~ an interview and her novel City Nights - One Night in Chicago



 
I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Megan Morgan

BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU
BIO – Megan Morgan is an urban fantasy, romance, and erotica author from Cleveland, Ohio. Bartender by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she’s trying to turn writing into her day job so she can be on the other side of the bar for a change. She’s a member of the RWA and author of the Siren Song urban fantasy series from Kensington Books, as well as numerous other shorter, sexy, smutty works.




Q: Tell me one thing about each of the four seasons you like. It can be anything.
A:        Winter = The snow is pretty, as long as I’m inside looking at it! I live in a climate where it’s cold about eight months of the year, so I’m definitely not a fan of winter.
            Spring            = The snow is finally gone, the days are warmer, the grass is green, and the trees are blossoming. Spring is beautiful and a welcome relief after the cold of winter.
            Summer = My absolute favorite season. I love the heat and sunshine. I love having my windows open and letting the warm beautiful day inside.
            Fall = I love the colors, the turning leaves, the beauty of early fall, before everything turns gray and dead. My second favorite season.

Q: Tell me something you would like your readers (fans) to know about you.
A: I don’t fit the typical demographic of most romance writers. I’m unmarried, I never went to college, I don’t work at a professional job (I’m a bartender), and I don’t have any background in writing as I’m self-taught. I have an adult son and I’m about to turn 40, but I still live like a socialite in her twenties. I do have a cat though!

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: I’m one of those annoying people who says they ‘listen to everything,’ but I really do. If I like it, I like it! Right now, I’m into a lot of Southern Gothic music like Hozier and The Devil Makes Three and The Builders and the Butchers. My all time favorite song is ‘The Adventure’ by Angels and Airwaves, also my all time favorite band.

Q: Texting, love it or hate it?
A:  I love texting. I would much rather text than talk on the phone. At least with texting, I can think about my answer—or change it before I send it!

BOOKS – ABOUT THE CRAFT

Q: What do you think is the hardest part of writing a book?
A:  Starting. Coming up with ideas and sketching them out in your head, creating characters and coming up with a plot is all pretty easy—but then you actually have to sit in front of the page and write. I find once I actually begin, it gets easier…but you still have to show up every day to write, and that can be hard too.

Q: Describe your favorite hero? (This doesn’t have to be one of yours.)
A: I love an anti-hero. My absolute favorite archetype is the bad boy who has a heart of gold. Though he may do questionable things or live outside the law, he lives and dies for the people he loves and would never hurt the innocent.

Q: Are you a sit down and play it by ear kind of writer, or do you need a structured guideline, or maybe a little of both?
A: I’m an absolute pantser (as opposed to a plotter). I might have a few ideas before I start and a general direction I want to steer the story in, but I never have an outline or a concrete plan. I just make things up as I go along and let the story tell me where it wants to go next.

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: I love to write stories set in cities, though I’m currently working on a series set in a small town, too. I seem to gravitate toward cities and I love describing them and trying to capture their energy on the page. I guess because I’m a city dweller, many of my characters are too—I’m writing from experience.

BOOKS - NOW LETS PROMOTE – STRUT YOUR STUFF

Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: As I said above, I’m working on a series set in a small town—it’s a paranormal romance, my favorite genre. Since the first book is currently on query, I can’t say much about it. I’m also working on the fourth book in my urban fantasy series from Kensington Books—it was meant to be a trilogy, but my characters had other ideas. You can find the first book of the series, The Wicked City, at my website.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: The second book in my urban fantasy series, The Bloody City, comes out November 10th from Kensington Books. The series is set in Chicago and is about a group of paranormal folks fighting against a nefarious medical institution that’s trying to study and harm them. The lead character is a Siren named June Coffin.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: I certainly do:



Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: You’re the last stop on my blog tour, but you can find me previously at these spots:

June 1st – Guest blog at K D Grace
June 2nd – Interview with Mary Quast
June 3rd – Guest blog at Casey Sheridan
June 4th – Excerpt and review at V’s Reads


Blurb:

Breaking up is hard to do, especially after four years together.

Taylor Middleton, a singer striving for her big break, and her boyfriend Malcolm Darling, a mover and shaker in the music business, have decided to call it quits. Taylor wants to take her onstage persona—Gracie M—to LA, where she hopes bright lights and big dreams await.

But before they break up, the two decide to spend one last night in Chicago, the city where they once shared a passionate, romantic weekend, in hopes of preserving some good memories. In Chicago, Taylor realizes she’s not so sure about taking her talents elsewhere, as Malcolm reminds her why she fell in love—and lust—with him. Taylor may soon discover the right man, like music, can set her free and make all her dreams come true.

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Excerpt:
She bought a shot glass, some postcards, a pen, and a keychain with her name on one side and the Chicago skyline, lit with little lights, on the other.

She dangled the keychain in front of Malcolm's face. "Come on, this is a work of art. Look at the lights."

"They'll burn out in two days." He batted it. "You're the worst impulse shopper I've ever met."

"Some of us like to have fun." She strolled to the windows. "Just because you're a boring old man doesn't mean we all have to be."

"I'm far from boring. I would think after four years you wouldn't use that word to describe me."

"You can be overbearing, sometimes." She pulled her phone out of her purse. "A wet blanket."

"I'm reasonable. You can be a bit of a child, if we're gonna go there. Sometimes you don't think about the consequences before you act. You just jump in."

"Don't worry, after tomorrow I won't be your problem to babysit."

He sighed. "I don't think of it as babysitting. I just thought…maybe after four years we learned something from each other. You know, you help me loosen up, I keep you grounded."

She took a picture out the window with her phone. "I guess not."

"You don't think we've rubbed off on each other at all?"

She turned and snapped a picture from a different angle. "It doesn't seem like it, does it? I mean, here we are, still arguing about the same crap."

"Surely we're taking something good from this." Malcolm followed her as she moved along the railing. "It wasn't all bad, was it?"

She turned to him. "No. But when it was bad, it was really bad. That's why this is happening."

"You're supposed to say I made you a better person." Forced humor tinged his voice. "That you'll always be grateful for the things you learned from me."

She dropped her phone back in her purse. "Is that all you're concerned about, that I 'learned' something from you?"

"No. But I was hoping we changed each other for the better."

"Are you changed for the better?"

"I am, actually."

She gazed out the windows, across the vast expanse of water.

"I feel like I'm not the uptight jerk I once was. Like you taught me how to have a little fun."

"Yet, you're still a workaholic."

"It's my job! Tay, it's okay to have fun, but you gotta put in some hard work to have good things. You know that better than anyone. You're gonna have to work hard in California. Your dream will still take time."

Anger tightened her chest. "I know that."

"But it's okay to dream. It's okay to look forward to the day when everything you want comes to you."

"If it does, right?" She snorted. "This could all be a losing game. Why, I might be back in New York and in your arms again before the end of the year."

He turned toward the window, placing his hands on the railing. "I want you to have your dreams. I wouldn't mind if you were still in my arms."

I’m happy you could join me on Books and Banter.  I hope you had fun with the Q & A’s

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2 comments:

  1. Most of the other posts on this blog tour have focused more on the book itself (makes sense) but I have to say I enjoyed learning about Morgan and her and her writing process. *Goes and listens to The Adventure by Angels & Airwaves*

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad I'm a little bit interesting too! :)

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