Author Morgan Douglas was born on August 23rd, 1995 in Beaverton, Oregon. Where she was surrounded by a loving family comprised of multiple generations. Distorted Purposes; Electrified is her second novel and has been the focus of her creativity since publishing the first in the series. Graduating from Northern Arizona University located in Flagstaff, Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Chemistry. After receiving her degrees, she returned home to be with her family and friends. Currently, she works as a Clinical Research Study Coordinator and spends her free time writing as it is a passion of hers. In addition, she enjoys playing the ukulele while singing along and volunteering at a local farm that donates food to homeless shelters in the area.
Describe yourself in five words
A nerdy scientist and writer.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I tend to write these things out so I can get them on paper and then work through them head on.
What scares you the most?
Other than spiders I would say not being able to reach readers with my writing.
Why do you write?
Put simply I enjoy writing, I like exploring a different world of ideas and visualize a story.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
I think so because when I was school I took essays head on and actually enjoyed writing them.
What motivates you to write?
My interest is what motivates me and I feel like writing opens up many possibilities to connect with other artists and readers.
What writing are you most proud of?
I am proud to have published the two books that I have but I am also proud of the progress I have made on other works that are not published yet. I am also very proud of a paper I wrote in college for a scholarship that I won.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Being surrounded by friends and family that are loving and supportive. I feel that I have plenty of opportunities to try new things and explore what I can despite the current pandemic.
What books did you love growing up?
My favorite book is called The Other Side of Dark by Sarah Smith, it’s a historical fiction book with ghosts and I always found ghost stories fascinating. I also really enjoyed The Heritic Queen by Michelle Moran.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I grew up in Beaverton, Oregon and I then moved to Flagstaff, Arizona for six years but I came back home and I live in Oregon now.
How did you develop your writing?
Honestly just by sitting down and writing and making some mistakes here and there.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Marketing by far has been the most difficult part.
What marketing works for you?
I would say Instagram posts have worked for me.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
I did at first but now I am not as shy about it.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Yes, they are all supportive.
What else do you do, other than write?
I volunteer at a local urban farm where they grow food to feed homeless youth. I also play the ukulele and sing along when I get the chance. I will say though that since writing is such a long process that I spend a lot of my time writing.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I have been a cashier several times, a baker, a lab assistant, a courier, a tutor, a temp, and now I am a Clinical Research Coordinator.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Well, I want to continue on and get a graduate degree in Microbiology but it would be fun to take a class on Ancient History.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I would like to live in New Zealand. I have heard it is an amazing place to live and the pictures are beautiful.
Tell us about your family?
Currently I live in a multi-generational household. We are all goofy and funny.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I write with my laptop but occasionally with pen and paper. As far as location it can be at a desk, in bed, on the couch, or at a coffee shop.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
At least seven.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
My family and especially my grandparents for their wonderful stories that they have told to me over the years.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
First of all, success in writing for me is to write for pleasure. Then if profits and people want to read my book that would give me an even greater sense of accomplishment.
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
I wrote my two books in the series as sort of an escape from some not so great things that were going on in my life before I published the first book. It gave me something fun to focus on, an interesting outlet.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope they will feel like they just read something new and fresh, something that they found entertaining. I want the book(s) to leave the reader thinking.
My Website: https://www.morgancreativewritingblog.com/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/morgandouglaswriter
First Book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09HL2TQF1
Thank you for the interview.
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