Lara Morgan Author Interview
Equinox is the second book in the brand-new hit series The Rosie Black Chronicles by Lara Morgan.
Rosie's dad is locked away, Pip has abandoned her, and Riley isn't telling her the full story. Rosie is still working in secret to try and take down the evil Helios group. But what sacrifices is she prepared to make to destroy Helios?
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Interview with Lara Morgan
Question: Can you give our readers a slight teaser for the second book in The Rosie Black Chronicles?
Lara Morgan: What can I say without giving away too much (laughing), the new book is called Equinoix. There is going to be another boy who comes into Rosie's life called Dalton and that is going to create tension between her and Pip. Pip's also going to be back; definitely he has to come back because he is really important!
Helios is down but it's not beaten and Rosie is going to find herself having to go after them again, to figure out what it is they are up too because there has been some pictures taken of what could possible be a new Helios base built up in the north of the country.
Question: What do you enjoy most about writing fantasy novels?
Lara Morgan: I love writing the action, adventure and mystery. I love that I have Rosie who is up to her neck in it but she's not willing to back down and that's my favourite part about writing her. Rosie is often in bad places, a lot of the time, but she keeps going forward and that's really great to be able to write a character like that.
Question: What do you enjoy most about attending writing festivals?
Lara Morgan: They're so much fun because I get to meet people who have read the book, or might be interested in reading the book. It's great to talk to people who are enthusiastic about the series. I also like that I get to meet other writers because I live so far away from everybody else, I live in the north of Perth where there is no other writers. I like meeting people I may have only spoken to online, it's great to meet them in person and hang out with them whilst talking about writing and books.
Question: Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Lara Morgan: I have always loved writing but when I was growing up, as a kid, I never thought I could be a writer, it never occurred to me that I could actually be a writer until I got quite a bit older; in my late 20's it occurred to me that maybe I could be a writer and write for a living.
Question: Can you talk about your writing process?
Lara Morgan: When I write I spend a lot of time in my pajamas - I find that's the best way to stop myself being able to leave the house (laughing) so I can get work done. When I start a book I have an idea of how I am going to start, how it is going to end and what's going to be the big climax in the middle. I don't do really detailed plotting because I find that makes it difficult for me to get my imagination juices up and going. I need to figure out the nitty gritty bits as I write the story. I tend to write with what I have in mind but leave myself open to what could change along the way!
Question: How do you deal with 'writers block'?
Lara Morgan: I was going through writer's block recently on another book I am working on. I don't experience writers block as in I can't write, the problem is that I don't know what is happening next in the story. I find the only thing that works for me is to stop trying to push through writing and to sit back and think about the story while giving myself some time and having a cup of tea and make some little notes on a notepad without putting too much pressure on myself by asking 'where is the story going?'. I find that when I step back I can scribble down lots of possibilities and that gets my brain going back to where it should be and that usually gets the story going again; although it can take a couple of days or a week, but it always works!
Question: As a child, what books and authors did you read?
Lara Morgan: I read everything! Some of my favourites were The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper and I even read the whole series of books called Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome which was about a group of kids who had these great adventures with their own boat, it was like The Famous Five. I like to read series and of course I read The Hobbit.
Question: What books do you currently have in your 'to-read' pile?
Lara Morgan: I have so many books; I want to read the rest of Patrick Ness' series and I have just finished Cassandra Clare's latest book The Mortal Instruments Book 4 City of Fallen Angels. I have so many books in my pile!
Interview by Brooke Hunter