#OWSCyCon2019 Author Spotlight
As part of the build-up to OWSCyCon2019, I want to introduce you to some of the amazing volunteers and authors taking part in the event. If it wasn’t for the volunteers, there could be no CyCon, and I’m grateful to every single one of them for giving up their time to make this happen. But by the same token, without the authors taking part in the event, we wouldn’t be able to bring you the amazing events that we have planned. So without further delay…
Meet H. Glogau-Morgan
Holly lives in the rural Piedmont Valley of Virgina with her husband, spoiled furred and feathered “kids” and various, somewhat friendly, wildlife. Her first novel was written after several short stories caught regional attention and her family coaxed her to put a series of vivid dreams she experienced into a full book. There wound up being enough content for three books. The timing to start writing was perfect, as she had recently lost her ability to teach full-time due to the effects of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Both her first novel “Midnight to Morning” and her recently released second “Sunrise to Shadows,” have been written using adaptive equipment. She is over half way through writing book three, “Evening to Eternity,” and is expecting a quick turn-around for it. After this series, she looks forward to taking twenty years of notebook writing, from the perspective of one character, and finally turning it into a new series.
What Genres Do You Write In?
Why Don't You Start By Sharing A Little About Yourself
I’m an educator by day, MMO role-player by night, and an author, gardener, quilter, and mentor in between. Though I can no longer teach full-time, due to the effects of having both Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Dysautonomia, I now work with online homeschoolers, which I absolutely love. I’ve been writing detailed stories since I was around nine years old, and started writing novels eight years ago. Along the way, blogging, short-story writing, and a bit of poetry has been written as well.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
“Sunrise to Shadows” is book two in the “Midnight to Morning” series. Nearly a year after the events which lead to her dramatic rescue in “Midnight to Morning,” Harlie Berryman’s new life continues to push the boundaries of what most know as reality. The group who rescued her have become her family, and they are preparing for their biggest battle yet. Billions of lives are at stake, and one wrong move could tip the scales in the enemies favor. It could also tip Earth past its breaking point. Knowing this, as well as deeper secrets, Harlie pushes herself harder and farther than anyone thought possible. This next stage of missions, lessons, of discovering who she really is, and what those who are the closest to her have been sent to accomplish is the driving force of the novel.
Who is your intended readership?
The series was written so anyone from young adult up could read an enjoy it. The books are a blend of urban fantasy with a splash of science fiction, with plenty of adventures to go around.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
Becoming a writer was long in the back of my mind, but it was constantly being pushed aside. It was no longer being able to work full-time which brought the desire forward with much more force than before. The vivid dreams which became the “Midnight to Morning” story solidified it.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
I take inspiration from so many authors, it is very difficult to narrow down. However, a couple favorites are Madeline L’Engle and Frank E. Peretti
What advice would you give beginning writers?
You are going to hear a lot more negative than you ever thought. Some of it isn’t going to make sense and most of it is going to be from your fellow writers. No matter what, do not give up. Keep writing, keep editing, and keep improving, as you will get to the point where you have a beautiful outcome.
Do you have any amusing writing stories or anecdotes to share?
Oh yes! As I’m wrapping up writing the final book in the “Midnight to Morning” series, I’ve been pulling the old binders of stories I wrote while younger (ages 9 to mid 20’s.) They are a about a single character and her life. There I was, outlining how the books where going to go, when BAM… that night the vivid dreams started back up. They were not about this character. No… they were about a teenager, one hundred years from now. For weeks she’s been telling me her story while I sleep. Apparently, her book is going to be next instead of what I had been anticipating. I’m currently referring to her as the “bratty little infiltrator who is ruining my plans!”
What do you like to do when you're not writing? Any hobbies?
I love adaptive gardening, sewing/quilting, reading, and role-playing epic stories with my friends in our favorite MMO… but that kind of counts as still writing, doesn’t it.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
After “Evening to Eternity” I’ll be stepping into Jamyson Davies timeline (character from the novels) and writing out the story of that “bratty little infiltrator.” Her name is Sarai, and her story is going the opposite direction of the “Midnight to Morning” series.
"Midnight to Morning"
Midnight to Morning is the gripping tale of one woman’s journey through the darkest times of her life, her rescue from a squalid refugee camp, amazing awakening in an underground bunker full of strangers with deep secrets, and the discovery that her life has been guided from the start. Be there as she learns the world is not how it appears to be, and as the people who rescued her train her to help them save countless others – as time is ticking down to global disaster. Experience as she comes alive again and learns that midnight has passed and morning has come.
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AUTHORS NOTE: I’ve also written a couple of articles and guest-blogs on writing with adaptive equipment. It’s been helpful for not just those with disabilities but also for those looking for ways to relieve some of the strain of being at a computer or laptop so much.