Today we welcome Maria I. Morgan…
Have you always wanted to be an author? If not, what made you decide to write, and how long have you been at it?
I’ll put it this way – I’ve always enjoyed writing. One of my English professors in college pushed me in that direction, but I continued to pursue a degree in the health field. It’s neat to look back and see the doors God opened for me to continue to express myself through writing even when it wasn’t my full-time job.
A little over 5 years ago, I bumped into a girlfriend I hadn’t seen in a while, and she encouraged me to start a blog. I began without clear goals or direction for my writing. I took some writing courses and found the courage to pursue publication.
What’s it like writing a children’s book?
It’s both fun and challenging. I loved coming up with the initial storyline and cast of characters for “Louie’s BIG day!”. But I wanted the book to be more than just a cute story.
My goal was to share some important biblical truths in the book, and give parents/grandparents the opportunity to discuss them with their kids. So I included a few simple application questions at the end to stimulate conversation about God’s purpose and plan for each of us.
What project are you currently working on?
I have a few things on the table right now. I’ve written the next book in the Louie-the-Lawnmower series: “Louie & the Leaf Pile.” Now it’s time for Sherrie Molitor (http://sherriemolitor.wix.com/sherriemolitorart#!books/cnec) to work her magic with the illustrations.
I’m currently editing my devotional/Bible study, “Outrageously Fruitful.” And I’ve got another children’s series about a traveling frog that is in the development stage. Never a dull moment!
What’s your favorite marketing strategy?
Oh, such a good question. This is my first published book and I am still learning. Developing a team of ‘Insiders’ (people who agreed to read my manuscript and leave an honest review on Amazon) has really helped. They’ve also been fabulous about letting their friends know about the book release through social media.
Have you ever had a funny experience connected with being an author?
Actually, I do remember one…I had written an article to pitch to a specific magazine. When it was rejected, I was really disappointed and started submitting it to other publications.
When I finally DID find someone to publish it (without pay), I waited eagerly for my copy of the magazine. When I got it, I thumbed through the issue looking for my article. Imagine my surprise when I located it – only to see the by-line with someone else’s name attached!
It was an excellent lesson in humility! :)
Thanks, Maria, for dropping by! For a chance to win a copy of Louie’s BIG Day! leave a comment below!
Louie is a bright red lawnmower who used to live at the hardware store with his friends: Ruthie Rake, Eddie Edger, Bobbie Blower, Terri Trowel, and Henri Hose. Recently he was purchased by a man and his wife and now he’s on his own.
Louie misses his friends, but it’s time to find out if he can do the job he was made to do. Join Louie for his BIG adventure and discover the surprise that awaits him at the end of the day!
Maria I. Morgan was born with an active imagination that shows up in her endearing stories for children. Originally an inspirational author and speaker for adults, Maria has widened her circle to include kids. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties – the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!
(You can find her devotionals and download a free copy of her eBook, God Speaking, at http://www.mariaimorgan.com)
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