Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Jennie L. Morris, and I’ve reached “level” 34!
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was born in Ohio, but now reside in Kentucky.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I’m one of 5 children. We grew up on a beef cattle farm in NE Ohio, where we used to make maple syrup, can vegetables from our garden, bottle-feed calves, the works. As a nature lover, I went to university for biology, and got a MA degree in anthropology, focusing on human osteology and primate evolution.
My husband and I’ve been married 13 amazing years, we have a ridiculous boxer named Sir Archibald Nubbingting III, and I realized I like being in my 30’s. We like to travel, seek out old, creepy places to explore. I enjoy walking in graveyards and cemeteries, drinking copious amounts of tea, and collecting perfumes and tarot cards.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
In 2020, I’m involved in many anthologies and novella projects. Currently, I’m involved in a great anthology called Asylum. Each author has a story about inmates set in an upper-class Victorian-era asylum. Also, I have a novella called Blue’s Night Out, releasing in February. It is part of a collection of books called The Donut Shop Series. Each book is loosely based on a donut flavor, I chose Blueberry Cake donuts. It’s a historical romance set in the roaring 1920s!
Aside from writing, I hope to get more visibility for my publishing company, By Quill and Lantern Publications.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
In high school, I started a terrible romance novel that no one will ever see. Plus, I wrote broody, teenage poetry. I set writing aside when I went to school, but it’s always called to me.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Am I a writer? I don’t know. I think anyone who enjoys putting pen to paper, or telling stories in anyway is a sort of writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wanted to see if I could do it. And then I started, and loved writing the story, and couldn’t stop.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My first published story is entitled “Drawn in Shadows”. It’s about an anatomist, who visits a scandalous part of the city to draw human subjects.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t know about style, but I tend to write historical fiction with a dash of romance. Usually in the second person. Last year, I’ve branched out, and dabbled in science fiction, contemporary fiction, a little paranormal historical fiction, which has been fun.
For me, some of the hardest part is finding the right details. I am a stickler for being accurate. I can spend hours researching one specific thing, because as a reader, I hate sloppy research. When there is a glaring historical inaccuracy, it drives me crazy.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
None, I don’t like using real life people for my stories. Sometimes I will use places I’ve been or lived, like Eastern Kentucky or Northern Ohio, because they can be authentic, but I try not to put friends or family members in books. This is fiction, I write to get away from real-life.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, but it certainly helps! Like I previously answered, having been to a place or visited another location that’s similar helps with creating an authentic atmosphere. Though I don’t have unlimited funds, and I’d love to travel all over the world, I will look at pictures, read about climates, topography, anything useful I can get when writing about a place I’ve never visited.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Several different graphic designers. I love their work, and tend to stick with them. I also design my own.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Maybe that romance isn’t all flowers and chocolates, and you don’t lose your individual self when you find “the one”. Sure, I read the sappy romances, but my favorite “romance” books are about men and women who have real lives. Things don’t always work out right away, hardship and responsibility have to take precedent over “swooning”.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
New authors: I’ve been reading non-fiction lately, and I’ve enjoyed Hallie Rubenhold, Leanda de Lisle, and Jason A, Ramos. Favorite writers: Do we have all day? Contemporary: Diana Norman, Tracy Chevalier, Philippa Gregory, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, and Matthew Reilly. Classical: Jane Austen, The Bronte Sister, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare.
Each of these writers have an individual voice, and I’m envious of their skill in one way or another. Who doesn’t want to be as witty as Shakespeare? Or write romance like Austen? The brooding Brontes, with Rochester and Heathcliff. Masters of their craft.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend, Natalie-Nicole Bates. She’s been there every step of the way. Though she lives in England, I don’t think I would have been brave enough without her support.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Ha! A career, sure…a pauper’s career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I am happy with it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned about prohibition, jazz music, trolleys in New York City, and cocktails.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
For my female main character:Jessica Brown Findlay
For my male main character:George MacKay
For my female supporting character:Margot Robbie
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Never give up. Don’t get discouraged. If you feel the passion, beating in your chest and churning in your brain, keep at it. And never stop learning. You don’t know everything about writing, and you never will.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for reading my work, it truly means everything! Time is precious, and for you to spend it with my stories, there is no better feeling for an author.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
by Hallie Rubenhold
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I think it was an Amelia Bedelia book.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The corny jokes my husband tells, I usually laugh so much I cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My great-grandfather and great-grandmother. I know, two people. But their story of how they came to USA is fascinating, it’s a true-life romance.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I’m learning to play the hurdy-gurdy (not well), reading, making perfume, traveling, talking to my dog.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Dramas, period movies, documentaries, crime shows, war movies, an occasional sappy romance.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Italian; gray, blue, and black; punk, Celtic, darkwave.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Do research, maybe work at a museum.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With family, eating all my favorite foods, sharing my favorite memories.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’m not here, move on.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I do, here my social media links. I’m most active on Facebook and Instagram.
Facebook Readers Group: www.facebook.com/groups/JLMTeaAndBooks/
Amazon Authors page USA https://www.amazon.com/Jennie-L-Morris/e/B07H7SZ1CL/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
As a self-proclaimed Anglophile and research geek, it’s no wonder Jennie L. Morris writes Romance and Historical Fiction with a flair for realism. Her love for learning led her to obtain degrees in Anthropology and Biology, which she often relies on during her writing process. Coming from NE Ohio, and raised on a small beef cattle farm, life was anything but ordinary growing up.
Jennie now resides in rural Kentucky, among the bluegrass and dazzling horse farms, with her amazing husband and their boxer Archie. When she isn’t reading or writing, she is feeding her tea obsession or perfume addiction, letting the scents and flavors fuel her creative fires.
THE ALBION SERIES
Drawn in Shadows (Book 4)
Get drawn into the shadows of the heart.
As a medical student, Mabel Blackwood knows all the anatomical features of the human heart, yet she’s never felt its racing pace conjured by the meeting of a single glance until she encountered Henry Grier. Born amongst the dregs of society, Henry entertains at one of the most prestigious bordellos on Carlyle Street. Will his unconventional past push away scholarly Mabel or will Henry’s free soul transform her into something much more?
A Yuletide Premonition (Book 5)
Fate remains unwritten when all is given to love.
Jasmine Loveridge has no illusions about her life. With the spiritualism movement on the rise, she works more than ever, donning her fortuneteller costume each night to perform for the pinnacles of society at their Christmas gatherings. She needs the money to care for her brother and ill mother. After an accidental encounter with Mr. Draven McKellis on Carlyle Street, she encounters the admired entrepreneur unexpectedly while working a Christmas party. His penetrating gaze disapproving of her profession from across a candle-lit table covered in her tools of the trade.
A dangerous premonition concerning Mr. McKellis forces Jasmine to risk more than her reputation. Obliged to reveal the truth of her inherited abilities to the skeptical man, Jasmine’s disclosure turns into an unlikely friendship. Outside the scrutiny of high society, Draven is a man full of fancy, hopes, and dreams. Jasmine falls for this gentle, inquisitive soul. But she can never forget her station. Though her heart beats for one man, this is no fairytale. She expects no happy ending for a Carlyle Street gutter rat, no Yuletide miracles. A life of a spinster is her destiny.
The Absent Thread (Book 6)
Is her heart worth his life?
Dr. Ezra Blackwood, renowned surgeon, has the respect of his colleagues near and far, but a mystery surgical catastrophe leaves him shaken. Uncertain of his skill and of his path, he retreats to Carlyle Street and to The Albion, a place of refuge where the demands of his profession are far away.
Lost, Ezra finds no solace in the drinks and gambling that so often soothed him in the past. He is a haunted man, unable to forget or forgive himself for his failure. Not even the arms of a long-acquainted lover can ease his heart. But a chance encounter with Adelia Barker, owner of Barker’s Bakery and Café changes everything. The proud, independent woman sparks a fire in Ezra that he thought lost forever. Her fighting spirit reminds him not everything is easy, some things take sacrifice.
But how much will Ezra be willing to sacrifice for this woman?
Apparitions of Elizabeth Robinson (FREE BOOK)
An Elizabeth Robinson has lived in the hills of Eastern Kentucky as long as people have built permanent settlements in the lush, green forests. While the mountains recover from the War of Northern Aggression, the simple folk seek the healings of the Robinson women. Three generations, working the ways from the old country, live in isolation.
The youngest Elizabeth Robinson, a healer by happenstance, despises her role in the family. She longs for freedom, the wilderness of her youth, an escape from a dark secret. Alone in the forest, she stumbles upon the ghost of a Yankee soldier, Samuel Henry.
Determined to help Samuel pass beyond the veil, Elizabeth brings him back to her mountain home. Turning of the wheel of fortune, prosperity changes to misfortune for the Robinsons, and a menacing figure lingers like a thick fog. Generations, built on lies, force Elizabeth to face a bleak reality and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Better the Devil You Know
An immigrant, Fredrick Wolf has to succeed at Morrow Academy of Anatomy and Science. Not only succeed, he has to prove to his peers that he belongs, that he isn’t a poor local Dr. Morrow accepted out of pity.
Fredrick is willing to do anything to procure a prime specimen for their special assignment. Calling upon his uncle, his partner in crime since their move to England, Fredrick plans to use his uncle’s position at the local gaol to select the perfect candidate.
But not all prisoners are the usual drunkards or petty thieves. Some possess dark secrets, especially the man known in Clayton Bridge as Eugene Wallaby. Biding his time, Eugene sees young Fredrick’s murderous plan as a means of escape, but only if Eugene can survive the night.
Our Christmas Nook Anthology: Volume I
Enjoy this collection of holiday super short stories: these easy, quick reads are meant to entertain, introduce you to some new authors and get you in the holiday spirit. The challenge has been set for authors…four holiday-related prompts have been provided and authors respond by filling this collection with super short stories (max 5,000 words). Mixed genres, mixed point-of-views, there’s something in this collection for everyone!
Asylum: An Anthology
The year is 1890. The Barrow Haven Asylum is a private facility in rural England housing some of the country’s wealthiest insane. Some inmates are truly insane, some banished by family members, others perhaps feigning insanity and with questionable agendas.
Ten stories of shock and suspense brought to you by ten of your favorite authors.
Steamed: A Steampunk Anthology
Welcome to STEAMED! Stories of romance, fantasy, and science fiction featuring the tinkerers, dreamers, and inventors of Steampunk.
A collection of eight amazing stories by eight of the most talented and adored authors of Steampunk. It’s sure to get you Steamed.
Chaos and Paw Prints
Several Authors have come together to help raise funds for the Perry (County) Pet Pantry. They have added short stories alongside poetry to build this book and show their love of animals. Join us in our stories and poetry. Contributing authors are: Amy Underwood, Athena Kelly, Brooke Hodges, Bruno Stolte, D.M. Purnell, Dab Ten, E.S. McMillan, Jenna K Rai, Jennie L Morris, J.V. Stanley, Karen Williams, Kimberly Jeffs, Marsha Black, Michael Mann, Paul Moore, Steven Evans, and Thomas Maupin.
Bad, Bold…And Beautiful: A Paranormal Anthology
Ten amazing women authors.
Ten stories of paranormal powerhouses.
They’re bad, they’re bold, and they are beautiful!
And we’re not talking just about the authors.
Perfectly Poisoned Anthologies brings you ten stories of the paranormal featuring powerful, kick-ass heroines who take no prisoners. There’s no fight they won’t win, no argument they’ll back down from. Not to mention these feisty ladies of fiction are damn sexy. When these women get ready for action, you better stand back!
We Know the Truth, Do You?
What’s in Area 51? Is the government hiding aliens? Elvis? Maybe the set of the Apollo moon landing? Do you know?
Join this multi-genre group as they explore the hidden recesses of Area 51 which up until now have only been whispered conspiracies. Don’t bother with the raid. Stay home, read these awesome stories and learn all you need to know.
The truth is just a page-flip away. (Heat level varies.)
* All proceeds will benefit US veterans
A cold wind. The whisper of voices when nobody’s there. The turning of the world from the light of summer toward the dark days of the Dying Time. These are the heralds of Samhain, the Witches’ New Year.
Within these pages you will find creeping chills and fears made real. Come inside… only if you dare.