Tell us a bit about yourself and your writing. (How did you get started? How many books have you written? Where are you on your writing journey?)
I never grew up wanting to be a writer. I always had an active imagination and even wrote a story about a superhero squirrel in elementary school, but it was just something I did on the side. I focused more on math and science and pursued those subjects in high school and college.
After the birth of my second child, I found myself needing a creative outlet. My husband suggested I write. I laughed and said no. But the thought stuck and during a trip to Seattle, I had this idea about a woman who—with a touch of her hand—could see inside a person’s soul. The moment we got back from our trip, I hopped on the computer and started writing the first scene for Daughter of Light.
That was eleven years ago. Since then my writing journey has been one of tears, joy, and frustration. Writing is very hard, and I have a feeling if I had known how much work it was, I might have given up. Fortunately, I was naïve and persevered, even when I discovered that very few publishers were accepting fantasy manuscripts. Through the help of friends, the support of my husband, and God’s gentle guidance, I found a home for my epic fantasy series.
Further more, I was blessed to final in the Christy Awards, the Carol Awards, and the Grace Awards. To be listed with amazing authors whom I admire was an honor.
This spring the last book in the Follower of the Word series released. There are three books in this series (Daughter of Light, Son of Truth, and Heir of Hope). All have garnered critical acclaim and not only have people enjoyed the story, it has touched their hearts and brought them closer to God. Helping others with my writing inspires me to write more!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
That is a hard one since I draw so much from God’s Word. John 1 is the basis for my fantasy series. I love how John describes Jesus in the opening to his Gospel, and the pictures of light and darkness.
What have you read lately that you would recommend?
One of my favorite authors is Serena Chase. She has written a fantastic fantasy series. The first two books are about a long-lost princess, but with a special twist so it doesn’t sound like that same old story. The second part of her series features pirates. I have to admit, if I have to choose between knights or pirates, pirates win. There is something a pirate: that free spirit with a dash of spice and honor. Love it!
Her books are titled The Ryn, The Remedy, and The Seahorse Legacy. I am eagerly anticipating the release of The Sunken Realm.
What book are you featuring today?
Since Heir of Hope released this past April, that is the book I am promoting. However, if you have never read the Follower of the Word series, I would be happy to provide a copy of the first book, Daughter of Light, to the winner at his/her request.
If you could tell people who are going to read/have read your books one thing, what would it be?
The Follower of the Word series is an epic fantasy series similar to the writings of authors Terry Brooks and Terry Goodkind. You will not find dragons, elves, orcs, or any of the usual fantasy fanfare in this series. Rather, this story is about a woman with a terrifying power and her journey to discover why she has this power.
Rowen is a Truthsayer, a being who has the ability to see inside a person’s soul with a touch of her hand and reflect back that person’s true nature. This power scares almost everyone who finds out about her, so she keeps her hand hidden behind a glove. However, there are those who want to use her power for their own ends, and there are those who believe she can do good and stand by her.
The ultimate theme behind this series is a theme of hope: that in the darkest times there is light, and that we are never alone.
Thank you, Anna, for allowing me to be a guest on your blog today! (Thank YOU for being here, Morgan!) :)
About the Author:
Morgan L. Busse writes fantasy for the adult market. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, including Daughter of Light, Christy and Carol Award finalist. Morgan lives on the West Coast with her husband and four children. You can find out more about Morgan at www.morganlbusse.com.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorganLBusse (@MorganLBusse)
My books: http://www.enclavepublishing.com/authors/morgan-busse/