Name: Morgan Reed is my pen name – my true identity is Elizabeth Abrey
Where are you from:
Born and raised in South Africa, moved to the UK when I was 21 years old, been here for over 12 years now.
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I’m an only child, born to a South African mom and a British dad, both of whom are now deceased. I have always been a bit of a loner, preferring to spend my time in solitary pursuits such as reading, writing, crochet and latch hook crafts, puzzles, etc. I have taken various courses and hold diplomas in Child Care, Personal Assistant, Forensic Science, International Bar tending, Parapsychology, Creative Writing and Romantic Fiction Writing. I’m currently study courses in Proofreading and Editing, Novel Writing and Short Story Writing. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment when it comes to studying.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I recently received my diploma with honours for Romantic Fiction Writing which I’m quite happy about. I’m also currently in the process of planning and writing my first novel.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid. I’d always dream up these silly stories, escapades and write them down to read to my stuffed animals. It was a form of escape, similar to reading. I could immerse myself in worlds other than the one I was stuck in.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Once I had a short story of mine published in print, in an anthology title ‘A Certain Kind of Freedom’ under the name Elizabeth L Abrey. Looking back, it wasn’t that great a story but it gave me the motivation to move forward. Regardless of reviews, I write the stories that come to me. I write for myself more than for anyone else.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
A multitude of reasons really. The obvious being I have a story to tell, characters that insist on being brought to life. Another being to prove not only to myself but to others that I can succeed at what I set out to do. The most important though is that writing is my passion and what better way to celebrate and embrace that passion than by writing a novel.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I think I’m still trying to find my own particular style, my own voice in a world of so many different ones. It’s definitely a learning process.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
‘Graveyard of Memories’ was an obvious choice as my book focuses on death and memories of the past and being haunted by ghosts no matter where you turn.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
That life is worth fighting for, that no matter how bad or disastrous things can become, there is always a glimmer of hope to hold on to.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic? Not much other than the human emotions. It’s a paranormal horror adult romance (is there a genre niche for that?)
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I have incorporated certain real life experiences of mine into the experiences of my characters.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
‘I Heard The Owl Call My Name’ by Margaret Craven, ‘The Endless Steppe’ by Esther Hautzig, ‘Letting Go’ by Danielle Taylor and Nelson Mandela’s ‘Long Walk to Freedom’.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I grew up reading Dean Koontz, John Saul, Danielle Steel and Virginia Andrews, so I would say these authors in particular set me on my path of becoming a writer.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
‘A Knight in Shining Armor’ by Jude Deveraux and ‘Kiss of Surrender’ by Sandra Hill.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Danielle Taylor is amazing, such a talented writer. I honestly have hundreds of books on my Kindle at the moment waiting to be read and there are quite a few new indie authors I haven’t gotten round to, but plan to.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
‘Graveyard of Memories’ is a paranormal horror with an adult romance theme. I’m also working on another series of paranormal romances.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Honestly, my family have never been supportive of my writing, so I would say I get more support from my tutors and from a few close Facebook friends.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
One day in the distant future perhaps, when I can afford to move to a cabin in a remote part of Montana or Colorado and immerse myself in my fantasy world on a permanent basis, hahaha! Well, that’s the dream in any case.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If we’re talking published work then yes. I would change certain things about my short story ‘Abigail’. Perhaps flesh it out a bit more.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From loneliness. It allowed me to step into my own fantasy world and escape the harshness of mine.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I can share a little snippet, a teaser as such.
*He leaned down, his lips hovering just a fraction above hers for a brief moment before their lips connected. Violet moaned softly, surrendering to his touch. To Tyson, the softness and warmth of her lips was intoxicating. He deepened the kiss, teasing her lips apart with his tongue, pulling her body flush against his. Her hands moved up to encircle his neck, burying her fingers in his tousled hair. Tyson’s hands slid down to cup her shapely ass, pulling her flush against his body so that she could feel his arousal. Realising what was about to happen, he pulled away, his eyes sweeping her flushed face before he leaned in to whisper in her ear.
“You’d best run off to bed darlin’, before we both do something we’d regret,” Tyson growled huskily as he gently pushed her away. He turned away from her, placing his hands on the counter, taking a few deep breaths…trying to think of something that would help him lose the erection straining painfully against his jeans.*
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find it a challenge to express emotion constructively. It’s something I struggle with in reality too. I like a challenge though so it’s something I’m working on.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
That’s a tough one. I have many. If I had to choose, I would say Virginia Andrews. I remember reading ‘Flowers in the Attic’ many years ago, as well as ‘Heaven’ and they just left a mark on me. She draws you in, emotionally and wrings you out. I’ve just always respected her work.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet, apart from walks in the park to spark inspiration.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I haven’t had the pleasure of finding a cover designer yet, but I look forward to the experience.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
I’ll have to let you know (it’s not quite done yet).
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’m discovering a lot about myself as the novel progresses but the one thing I’m learning is that I need to stop editing as I go. It’s a bad habit of mine and one I’m trying to break. It’s a big time waster.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Follow your dream, write from the heart and with passion, find a good editor and develop a hard skin when it comes to reviews.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Go easy on me ? Hahaha. No, seriously, I hope they look forward to reading my work and that I help them escape their lives for awhile.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I do indeed. It was ‘Flossie Teacake’s Fur Coat’ by Hunter Davies followed closely by ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I crochet blankets and make latch hook rugs. I also build puzzles, some of which I frame as art to go my walls.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m a huge Walking Dead fan but also enjoy shows like Castle, CSI, True Blood, Supernatural, Law & Order SVU, Without a Trace, Criminal Minds, Ally McBeal and Catfish. Movies wise I love While You Were Sleeping, LOTR, Centre Stage, Indian Summer, The Avengers, Thor, Braveheart and Interview with a Vampire.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music:
I like Italian and Chinese food. My favourite colors are black, fuchsia and indigo. Music wise I love a variety of different songs. Blake Shelton, Michael Buble, Nickelback, Blake (classical crossover band), Alannis Morrisette, Emily Kinney, Train as well as anything 50’s through to 90’s related.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Honestly, I don’t know. I work full time as a Sales Administrator at the moment but can’t imagine choosing that as a lifelong career.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Just my Twitter account which is https://twitter.com/MorganReedWrite and my Facebook account which is https://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.abreywriter Feel free to hit me up on either! I don’t bite (much) 😉