Today we sit down with author K.R. Morrison. She will share a bit of her work, her inspiration and a bit about herself.
Please enjoy this edition of 20 Questions:
Q1) When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I read a quote from somewhere, which I will paraphrase: “Some are born to be a writer, and some have writerness thrust upon them”. I’m the latter. If it wasn’t for the nightmare that inspired the book, and that would not go away until I wrote it down, I wouldn’t have become a writer.
Q2) How long does it typically take you to write a book?
The first one took just a couple of months. This last, since I decided to become an editor, has taken me a couple of years—and it’s still not finished.
Q3) What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I have to be away from everything in order to write, and not be thinking about the editing queue I have, in order to write. It has been a very long time since I’ve been at that point.
Q4) What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I need absolute quiet, which is something I almost never get.
Q5) How are your books published?
I publish through a small press, Linkville Publishing. I am also one of their editors.
Q6) Where do you get your ideas for your books?
The first one was inspired (spawned) by a nightmare. That is a separate story in itself. The second/third one was brought on by people asking me, “When are you going to write more?” I referred back to a dream I had years ago for that one. Okay, to clarify: Book 3 was the dream, Book 2 came from the research into myths about vampires.
Q7) If you don’t mind sharing, when did you write your first book and how old were you?
I believe it was 2011, and at the time I was 51.
Q8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
My favorite hobbies are quilting and working in my yard.
Q9) What is your favorite book?
There are too many to name.
Q10) What do your family and friends think of your writing?
They are huge supporters, although my immediate family has not read any of my books.
Q11) What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
How very difficult it is to get recognized. I didn’t realize how many thousands of authors with great ideas are out there.
Q12) What do you hate most about the writing process?
Trying to carve out the time to work on my manuscript.
Q13) How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I am on my fourth, although I was given credit for another that I edited. My favorite is the current one, Enoch’s Return. I am having fun making my characters real and believable.
Q14) Do you have any suggestions to help us become better writers? If so, what are they?
Way too many people give up just because they aren’t immediately recognized, or because their best work is rejected by magazines or contests. My suggestion: make sure your work is as well-crafted as you can get it. A good editor is worth his/her salt. Maybe you won’t earn kudos from the contests you enter, but the average person will probably love it—but only if they don’t have to stumble through plot holes and the like.
Q15) Do you get feedback from your readers much? How and what kinds of things do they say?
The people who read my work generally love it. Once in a while I will get a negative review—but I don’t mind. People have a right to their opinions. If I wanted a “puppies-and-rainbows” review, then I would object. I don’t, however, have a problem with an honest review.
Q16) What is your preferred reading audience?
Those who need to hear the message that the books relay—that the mercy and love God extends goes to all people of all walks of life. No one has the full and unique grasp of who God is.
Q17) What do you think makes a good story?
My editor me says that a good story is one that engages the reader—one that has a solid story line, characters that are well fleshed-out, dialogue that makes sense, and a style that keeps the reader entertained and wanting more at the end.
Q18) As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Oh man, that changed by the week. I never had a real interest—I live day to day. I still do, in a way.
Q19) Where can we find your books?
Ha! Thought you’d never ask:
Q20) Will you give us an excerpt from one of your own favorite works?
My absolute favorite is a short story I have never published. It’s called “Genius Has Its Own Time”:
A young man, eyes bright and intent, walks slowly towards the largest sculpture in the room. He whisks away the covering, lets it dance to the floor. As he walks around the granite, he squints at the angles, the crannies, the random points and planes. Around and around, he stops at times to wait, breathless as the room he stands in, for the moonlight to catch the rock just right. Then, disappointed by what he sees, he starts around again.
Then, suddenly, he stops with a cry. Hurrying to his tools on the nearby bench, not taking his eyes off his artwork for fear of losing the spark he’s seen, he picks up a chisel and hammer. Back he goes to that very spot, that perfect place—but no, the chisel is not the right size. He returns to the bench, frustrated—the light could leave at any minute, and take with it his midnight inspiration.
There! That one! Perfect!
He returns to the stone, touches the chisel to the spot he has been eyeing, and, chink!, he chips a tiny sliver of stone from the granite.
Back to the walk around the behemoth, but the eagerness that was there a few minutes before is gone. The artist yawns, picks up the cloth, and drapes the granite in its shroud. Scratching his nose and mumbling to himself, he walks out the door, pulling it closed behind him.
The shroud sighs as it settles on the artwork, and the tools settle in for the night, disappointed that they did not get to dance this time. But the granite is patient. It has been in existence for innumerable years, and it has no place to go. It can wait.
About K. R. Morrison:
K.R. Morrison has lived in the Pacific Northwest for over 25 years. She moved there from California, after the Loma Prieta earthquake caused her to rethink her stance on “never moving again”. At her first sight of Oregon, she never looked back.
She wrote her first book, “Be Not Afraid”, after a nightmare she experienced would not leave her mind, even when awake. A second book, “UnHoly Trinity”, was launched this past January, and the third and fourth in the series are being worked on as of this writing.
She has also co-authored a book entitled “Purify My Heart” with Ruthie Madison, and edits for her publishing house, Linkville Press. Book reviewing and editing for indie authors take up a lot of her time as well.
When not writing or working, she quilts or works in the garden.
She lives with her husband, her very artistic daughter, and a monster-sized cat. Her son makes an occasional visit from his temporary home in Brazil.