A living series talk-Iona Morrison
I love interviewing writers about their books their thoughts and stories, because their advice and path of publications and writing books is a road map for others who seek to get published –
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Iona Morrison author of “Not For Sale”
Hi Iona, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I began writing a few years ago when my husband worked out of state for ten months. I took a writing class where I fell in love with writing fiction. My instructor encouraged me to write a novel and so the process began. I love everything about writing from the first draft to the finished product. There are moments of struggle, of course, but the story and characters always win. I am hooked and I have to keep writing to see how the story ends.
My first two novels, The Harvest Club and Not For Sale, have been published by The Wild Rose Press and comprise the first two installments of my Blue Cove Mystery series.
I love the characters so much they have made their way into three more adventures in Blue Cove. The next one in the series ‘The Game Changer’ is under contract and will be published sometime in the spring.
Wow! That sounds great and I do love the title of the series-
Blue Cove Mysteries. Do you write full time or part time?
I work part-time as an Administrative Assistant at a church, which is perfect for giving me plenty of time to write. I try to put in three to four hours each weekday.
Let’s talk about creative writing process do you work outline for the plot?
I usually have a general idea where the book is going before I start, but having said that, I tend to let my characters take the lead and move the story along.
Hmm… Indeed interesting that you let the characters take the lead. Aren’t writers supposed to be solitary?
Well, if they are supposed to be solitary, then I’m in trouble. I’m a very social person. I enjoy getting to meet folks. I’ve found writing is a great outlet for me because instead of talking aloud I simply talk on paper.
Yes that’s true Iona we do talk on paper and I guess most of us do follow that routinely, which social network worked best for you? Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
First let me say social media is critical for all authors. There are so many well-written books that don’t sell because no one knows they exist. I use Facebook, and Twitter the most, although I’m on several others including my own blog. Twitter is one of my favorites because it helped me connect with people outside of my country, several of whom have bought my books. I also promote other authors on Twitter on a regular basis. I think you have to do more than just advertise your book. You have to interact.
I agree with you Iona Social sites do connect us to various other alike thinkers and we get to learn so much everyday.
So what you think that giving books away free works and why?
I can’t say if it works because I’ve never given any away other than as gifts. I feel an author works too hard not to be compensated for their work.
Appreciate your thoughts Iona. How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Here are the links where readers can find my books blog articles and know more about me.
Amazon Author Page:
Harvest club – Amazon links
Not for sale – Amazon links
Thanks again for taking the time out of your busy schedule and being a part of A living series talk.
It was absolutely amazing and great to hear from you.
I wish you abundance of success for your future plans and projects.
Thanks Inderjit for having me here I’m grateful as well.