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Interview with Vision and Verse BlogSpot…

Good morning, Mary Jane and welcome to Vision and Verse, the Place for Art and Authors.  We are thrilled to have you with us this morning.  Can you tell us what you’ve written?

I have three books on Kindle. DANGEROUS MOVES, SHELBY’S GIFT and LONG ROAD HOME. LONG ROAD HOME is the first book in my Crystal Springs/Coming Home series. The second book, COMING HOME, is expected out soon.

What is your favorite genre to write?

I love writing contemporary romance that centers around strong women with real-life problems. SHELBY’S GIFT has a special place in my heart. It is such an emotional book that looks not only at the very complicated romance between Shelby and Ben but the complex issues from Shelby’s family of origin and how those issues shaped her life and choices.

Sounds wonderful.  Favorite food?

My favorite food is chocolate!

Coffee or tea.

I drink a lot of green tea but I love my Starbuck’s vanilla lattes. Yum!

Pizza or ice cream.

I definitely prefer ice cream to pizza. I really have to curb my sugar cravings!

Where would you like to visit?

I would love to visit Ireland. I am three-fourths Irish, and hope to someday see the Irish countryside and visit with the people who I feel a strong connection with. I definitely inherited the Irish story-telling gene.

Favorite music and musician.

I love good music. In fact, I started out as a vocal music major in college. It is difficult to choose my favorite musical artist; there are so many wonderful musicians out there. Going back to my Irish roots, the Celtic Woman does a beautiful job singing the Irish Blessing. John Lennon is another favorite. I love his beautiful and thought-provoking lyrics. I can’t leave out Barbara Streisand, a strong woman with unbelievable talent. And then there is Brandi Carlile with her smooth, soothing voice. I obviously can’t choose just one!

Fair enough.  What makes Mary jane Morgan laugh?

It doesn’t take much to make me laugh. A good dry wit is always appreciated. My father was a master at it, and while he’s been gone almost six years, I still miss his wit (among other things). I use humor as a coping mechanism, and it usually works quite well.

Favorite sculpture.

My favorite sculpture is James Earl Fraser’s The End of the Trail of Tears. It’s a beautiful, emotional piece that depicts the pain and enduring strength of the gentle and sweet-spirited Cherokee people.

I was in high school when I began writing nonfiction articles on my school newspaper. Also, my mother was an English teacher and a wonderful writer, who encouraged me to follow my writing dreams every step of the way. I wrote greeting cards and nonfiction articles before moving to fiction and have never looked back.

Describe your perfect evening.

My perfect evening would change depending on my mood. I do love romance though! However, I just spent a perfect evening holding my new grandson for two hours. We bonded! I am a people person, so while I do need some alone time, I love an evening with good friends, laughing and sharing our ideas and experiences.

Where do you get your inspiration?

I get my inspiration from people – from their real-life stories of courage and love, hardships and triumphs, challenges and victories and, most of all, loss and love.

What do you do when you get writer’s block?

I rarely get a writer’s block and thankfully, when I do, it doesn’t last long. I have a tremendous group of women critique partners who are always willing to help each other any way they can. Having said that, when I do feel stuck, being in nature usually helps. I love the Rocky Mountain National Park, and have several favorite places where I can sit and soak up wonderful energy to get my writing juices flowing again. I feel the pull as I type this! A trip is on the horizon…

Favorite author.

I have many favorite authors! If I had to choose just one, I would choose Kristin Hannah. She is a marvelous storyteller, who wraps you in a world of strong, three-dimensional women, makes you care, and (if you allow), gives you some insight into yourself and your own life lessons.

I love her, too.  Best book you ever read.

I believe the best book I ever read was Barbara Samuel’s, MIDNIGHT RAIN. Wow! Just Wow!

The last book I read was Toni Anderson’s romantic suspense, EDGE OF SURVIVAL. I enjoyed it. She wove their emotional conflicts together well and had a good ending. It took her a while to conquer wrapping up a good ending, and I was glad to see that she has grown in this area. This was an emotionally satisfying book.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

If I were not a writer, I think I would enjoy working in the medical world – maybe a doctor. I am a massage therapist and enjoy helping people get out of pain, but if I could do things over, I would get some type of real medical training.

Who is the one person who has influenced your personal life the most and why.

The person who has influenced my personal life the most would have to be my mother. She had a very difficult childhood and had many problems. Our relationship was not easy, but she did love me, and because of the hardships in our relationship, I have learned a great deal about not only myself but people in general.

Name one person, living or dead, real of fictional, that you would like to sit down and have a conversation with and why.

If I could have a conversation with one person, living or dead, I believe I would choose Anne Frank, the young girl who taught the world so much. Two of my favorite quotes from her diary are:

“It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”

Also: “I don’t think of all the misery but all the beauty that still remains.”

Anne Frank, truly only a girl, taught the world so much, and I would love to visit with her and soak up some of her positive energy and belief in the goodness of people!

Do you have any advice for someone just entering our world of writing?

Writing is a gift and if you aspire to be a writer, then write, write and write some more. Only by actually writing, can you hone your talent. Studying the art is helpful, but nothing takes the place of sitting down and writing!

Do you have any links for us to follow you?

Crystal  Springs/Coming Home Series:

Long Road Home, book 1, Diva

Shelby’s Gift, Indie

Dangerous Moves, Kensington (reprint)

http://www.maryjanemorganauthor.com/

Mary Jane Morgan

New Grandson

I have three granddaughters, and I love them all. Each is precious and wonderful in their own unique way, and I’m so in love with those girls. Last week, a sweet little boy joined the grand-crowd! He’s a doll. When he was three days old, he was admitted into NICU with an extremely bad case of jaundice. My daughter was told by her pediatrician that Max’s numbers were high enough, that he was at risk for brain damage. Who knew jaundice could cause this? No one I have asked, knew this. It is probably rare, but it was still very frightening. Max is now home and snuggling with his mom and dad and Mimi — that would be me — whenever I can get there!

As thrilled and thankful as I am that Max is home and healthy, I can’t help but continue to think about all the babies in the NICU who were not watched over by their mom and/or dad during their stay. How sad this was to me as I walked down the halls and saw these tiny newborns all by themselves. Whether the parents could not be there because their work would not let them off, or whether these babies’ parents simply stayed away, my heart aches.

All newborn babies need their parents. It is quite evident in the delivery room, when they turn their heads at the sound of Dad’s or Mom’s voice, that they already know their parents. When they lie in their father’s or mother’s arms and stare into their eyes, you can see the connection. You can feel it in the room.

I thank God that my new grandson did not have to go through four days of NICU without the continual love of his mom and dad, and I find myself sending prayers to all the precious, innocent babies facing their first journey into this world without the love of family surrounding them and sending them love.  Welcome to our family, Max. We all love you to the moon and back!

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I have a new grandson and I might have trouble finding the time to write! His older sisters are in love with him and so is his Mimi — that would be me! Here is a picture of the snuggle bunny being held by my oldest two granddaughters. My youngest granddaughter comes to town in a few days to see her cousin. Yes, this little fella will definitely be spoiled!!

 

 

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I always knew that Sadie, my 2-year old German Shepherd, was smart enough to think, even reason to a certain degree. We were playing fetch/tug-of-war the other day with two toys. One was a rubber bone and the other was a tug toy. After taking turns retrieving both objects, Sadie took the rubber bone and hid it behind my dining room table, trotted back out looking perfectly innocent, and grabbed her tug toy. We continued playing fetch with the tug toy for quite a while. She certainly got what she wanted!

What has your dog done to show that he/she is smart and can actually think to get what he/she wants?

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I love this picture of my two youngest granddaughters — Lily holding Bella’s hand. I think Lily is really liking that she’s not the youngest for once! Bella absolutely ate up all this attention from her older cousin. Such a sweet (and a tad sassy with those tutus) feeling to this picture, don’t you think?

Excitement Builds!

The first novel in my CRYSTAL SPRINGS/COMING HOME series is about to hit the stands! Writing this novel put me in touch with all the wonderful times I had riding horses as a kid! Nothing like walking your horse through the Dairy Queen car line and ordering an ice cream cone. Oh, yes, we had some good times with those horses.

I had three: Duchess, a bay, who was so old you had to worry about her possibly tripping. But she was a great horse. I learned to run up behind her and jump on. If I had to do that now…well, I’m smart enough to not even try. Molly, the one I rode the most, was also the most ornery. If she threw you, she just might do her dead-level best to step on you. And then there was Topaz, my favorite, but in all honesty too much horse for me. A beautiful palomino who I taught to shake hands. She followed me around the pasture like a dog, head hanging over my shoulder. And when Molly (who was the alpha mare) tried to kick my mother once, Topaz straddled Mom and turned her hind end toward Molly. See why I so loved Topaz!?

Yes, this series has lots of horses, but even though I grew up with quarter horses, my first two books in this series are set on Thoroughbred farms. Happy reading!