Name: Morgan Kearns

Age: Wouldn’t you like to know *wink*

Where are you from:

I grew up near Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Arizona when I was 19.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

Prior to becoming a mother, I worked in television news for ten years. Now, all these years later, I’m happily married—almost 19 years—with four amazing kids and an English Bulldog, Gus.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 My newest release, Hard Break (Deadlines & Diamonds, #5) was released November 21st, 2013. It’s the story of Photojournalist Ian McCallister and widowed, mother of three Kayla Black. It’s a wonderfully heart-breaking story. Read and try not to fall in love with Ian, I dare you. *wink*

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I began writing because I had voices in my head telling me to do so. No, I’m not schizophrenic…LOL. I began typing my first word in August of 2007 and published Fade to Black (Deadlines & Diamonds, #1) in November of 2009.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

The day a woman approached me and said, “Oh my gosh, I loved your book! When’s the next one coming out?”

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

 Those damned voices. Rich, Kate and Jesse had a story they desperately wanted told.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 I really like to write humor. My books all have a healthy dose of LOL.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

Because my books are all based on the Television News or Baseball, all of my titles reflect that. Fade to Black, In It To Win It, Out of Left Field, Lucky 13 and Hard Break. A “hard break” is when the network takes over control from the affiliate. Have you ever been watching the news and midsentence the commercial takes over. Yep, you’ve witnessed a “hard break” at its finest. *grins*

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 Kayla sees some pretty low points in Hard Break, so does Ian as he witnesses her downward spiral. My goal for readers is that when life is at its hardest, look for the people with their hand out to help you. Don’t push them away. No one is an island.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

Hard Break is completely fiction. Chase is loosely modeled after my own eleven- and nine-year-old sons. However, Matt in Lucky 13 is ALL my own 13-year-old. The attitude, the adoration for his mama, yep, he’s a great kid!

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Everyone I come in contact with and everything that’s happened to me have made me who I am—just like everybody else. Of course the influence my writing.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

Twilight. Before you cringe, allow me to explain. The Twilight series reintroduced me to a love of reading. Before then I never considered myself a reader, especially not for enjoyment. Now, I always have a book—or two—I’m in the process of reading. So, yeah, I was totally influenced by Twilight. Thank you, Stephenie Meyer!

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 For the umpteenth time, I re-reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Can’t wait for The King!

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 Rose Gordon-Historical, Kris Tualla-Historical, Kindle Alexander—contemporary cowboys, really HAWT cowboys, Lexi Ryan—contemporary…gosh, the list could go on forever!

Fiona: What are your current projects?

I’m working on When at First (Deadlines & Diamonds, #6) which will be out May 2014. It’s the story of Rockets’ First baseman, Mason James. His life has been turned upside down, and just when he gets the change to right it, he screws it up.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

 That’s easy: Kris Tualla. I met Kris in February of 2011. She invited me to participate in Arizona Dreamin’ as a featured author. In 2012, I became her co-chair and in 2013, with her blessing, started Buildin’ the Dream, an authors helping authors sister conference. Meeting her changed my life for the absolute better! And neither of us has ever looked back.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

It didn’t start out that way, but now? Yeah, I spend WAY too much time doing it—and all the aspects that go along with promoting my work—to consider it anything else.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

No. I was afraid some might construe Ian as opportunist, but Kayla would never have made it through without him—whether she’s willing to admit it or not.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

 I sound like a broken record, but it was those ridiculous voices. It was either write or truly be fitted for a straight-jacket.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 Here’s a quick excerpt from When at First: He sauntered over to where the luggage debuted from unknown depths and shoved his hands in his pockets. With no hat on, he felt naked. Shit, he may as well be standing bare-skinned with a flashing g-string strapped around his goods. He barely resisted the urge to resituate himself in his boxers. Instead he plowed his fingers through his hair—and could feel the hat-head.

Oh man, the first order of business was to get a hat. Maybe he’d get a cowboy hat. One of them straw ones, like Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney wore. He’d bet he’d look pretty damn good in a cowboy hat. Girls always said how sexy he was in a baseball hat. He nodded, agreeing with the voice in his head. Yeah, he’d get himself a cowboy hat. ©MorganKearns2014

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Finding the time. Not only do I have my writing career—and all it entails, but I’m a mother of four, AND do the books for my husband’s stucco company.

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have multiple favorite authors. JR Ward is amazing. The way she can write description never ceases to amaze me. Lynsay Sands and Janet Evanovich write humor with the best of them! Other favorites include: Kallypso Masters, Lexi Ryan, Molly Harper, Kathryn Ashe, Kris Tualla—really, I’m not just pimping her, I love her books!, Siobhan Muir, and the list goes on and on.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

I guess I don’t HAVE to travel, but the truth is, I choose to do quite a bit of traveling. Mostly in the state of Arizona, but I do travel to other states occasionally.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 I have utilized a couple of different Graphic Designers. Hard Break was done by Anya Kelleye with Anya Kelleye Designs. I love her. She’s very open to the author’s opinions and does beautiful work.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 It’s always hard when the characters don’t want to let me in. I’ve got a Deadlines & Diamonds novella I’ve got nearly half done. They are stubborn and won’t give me where to go. At some point they’ll open up, I’m sure.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 I’ve learned that sometimes what the CHARACTER wants is NOT what the READER wants. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I’d change a thing if I could go back and do it again.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

ALWAYS utilize an editor, one who’s been to school…for editing!

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I love my readers. In fact, some of them have become very good friends. I’m grateful to everyone who has ever picked up one of my books. So, that’s what I’d say, THANK YOU!

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

 I don’t remember the FIRST book I ever read, but I do remember reading and loving The Boxcar Children way back in the day. I can’t wait until my little girl can read them.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

I don’t have a whole lot of “free” time, but I do love to read. And watching my boys play sports is a highlight any day of the week!

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 Anything that makes me laugh! I don’t do scary…at all. TV: Chicago Fire #TeamSeveride, Hawaii Five-O, Cupcake Wars (even though I hate to cook…lol) Movies: Pitch Perfect, Gone with the Wind, Pretty Woman, How to Lose a Guy. Gosh, I could go on forever.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Favorite foods: Pretty much anything I didn’t have to cook. Colors: ROCKETS’ Blue, baby! *wink* Music: Depends on my mood—everything from Debussy to Def Lepard, Pacabel to Pink.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

I’d probably still be doing all the crafty stuff (scrapbooking, cardmaking, etc) I did before writing filled my time.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

Here is all of my contact info:

Website: MorganKearns.com

Blog: authormorgankearns.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authormorgankearns

Twitter: @MorganKearns

Pinterest: @MorganKearnsCom