Interview with YA Author JC Morrows
Today we're talking with JC Morrows, the author of many YA novels including her newest, A Tragic Consequence, the fourth book in the Order of the Moonstone series.
Coming October 2016 pre order HERE
How would you describe the book to someone in a text message?
“What if Cinderella had been sent to kill the Prince?”
Who is your main character and what problem does she face?
Kayden is sent to assassinate the Prince of Auralius – but the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes that he is nothing like she was told. This ignites doubt in her and before she knows it, she is instead saving the Prince's life... which of course causes her all sorts of problems with her employers.
What might draw someone to your character?
I am drawn to her because she succeeded despite overwhelming odds – and though she works for a nefarious organization, she does things her own way. She has the kind of strength I've always wished for.
What prompted you to write this book?
God inspired every bit of it. I was writing something completely different and struggling along when I decided to pray about what I should be writing instead and the story simply exploded into my mind.
What did you bring to the book from your own life?
Honestly... nothing that I can think of. The story itself is nothing I ever planned to write so I wouldn't even know where to begin to put anything from my own life.
What makes your book stand out from other books like it?
I would say the fact that I use elements popular from the steampunk phenomenon without incorporating the full steampunk world. I picked and chose only the things that fit the story.
What is one thing you learned from writing this book?
I am capable of stretching myself as an author - to do something completely outside of my comfort zone.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I have always been a storyteller. I scribbled stories in notebooks since before I can remember, but I did not get truly serious about it until college.
Did anything unusual or funny happen on your journey to becoming an author?
I once had an all night writing session where I completed the last 17,000 words of a novel – part of a scene I did NOT want to write.
What’s the most times you’ve read a book and why?
I lost count of how many times I reread the twilight series. For at least six months, I would work my way from start to finish and then start over at the beginning again. It was a rough time for me relationship-wise, and I was really holding on to that fantasy fairy tale.
What are three unusual things about you your readers might not know?
1) Even though I am not at all a morning person, I get up between 4am and 5am every morning to write.
2) I can see in the dark – which really came in handy in the darkroom when I took photography in college.
3) I am double jointed.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I'm actually pretty boring. Probably the most adventurous thing I've ever done is ride the ferris wheel - which absolutely petrifies me.
Do you have life philosophy? Favorite verse?
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. - Habakkuk 2:2 King James Version (KJV)
What advice would you give a teen who wants to be a writer?
Read everything you can. Reading makes you a better writer. Plus, you get a better idea of what readers want from books!
Connect with JC Morrows on her webpage
or on her blog