To start off the month of May, K.R. Morrison’s interview is tonight’s feature. She writes in the mysterious world of the paranormal filled with suspense, horror, and inspiration. Seems she and I have very similar interests. So, thank you K.R. for participating and everyone enjoy the interview!
Title: “Be Not Afraid”
Author: K R Morrison
Genre: Paranormal suspense/horror/inspirational
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Facebook author: https://www.facebook.com/pages/K-R-Morrison/316522281747349
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Release Date: April 2011
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Reviews: see above
Other Work: Two books will soon be published by Mountains Springs House Publishing. One will be a prequel to “Be Not Afraid (also being re-published by MSH), entitled “UnHoly Trinity”. The second is a sequel, and it is called “Resurgence: The Rise of Judas”.
Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.
Lydia spun around, still on her knees. Vlad was halfway up the aisle of the church, slowly and deliberately making his way to where she was.
She scrambled up and ran towards the altar, diving under it as Vlad got to the bottom of the steps leading up to where she cowered. But he did not venture any further; instead he paced back and forth in front of them, staring at Lydia as if she was an animal in a cage. Finally, he spoke.
“I can understand how you would be able to get out of my house, had you been in any shape to move. I did leave the door open. But how did you get the strength—and how did you get here?”
Lydia kept silent, not knowing if he could still read her mind. Somehow, she felt that he should not know about the beings–who she now knew were angels–that had transported her here (wherever “here” was), and that they were even now hovering above them.
He glanced toward the floor in front of the tabernacle.
“And you brought the child as well.” Then he glared back at Lydia. “Did you really think that hiding in a church would do you any good? I tell you, your pathetic devotion to this—whatever it is—is useless.”
It was apparent to Lydia that Vlad could come no further than where he was in front of the altar. She was protected in this area. It was sacred ground, and the demons that had such free rein over the earth still could not approach it. God was worshiped here, and the Body and Blood of Jesus was miraculously present on this very altar at every Mass. No wonder Vlad could not come up and take hold of her!
Empowered by this realization, Lydia came out and stood up in front of the altar. She looked him in the eye. And she felt—nothing. No weakness, no loss of consciousness, no being drawn into his thrall. He no longer had control over her!
Vlad, in turn, noticed that Lydia’s skin was as smooth and clear as on the first day he saw her. Being who he was, there was no room in his mind for the idea of divine intervention as the reason for this miracle. He believed himself to be more powerful than any other force in the universe, or beyond. Such are the allures and lies of the ways of evil.
Instead, he said, “Well, you do heal quickly. Good. You were running out of fresh areas for me to feed on.
“Now—I thirst. Come down from there.”
He smirked as an idea came to him. “Actually, this is an ideal place to get, shall we say, reacquainted. At the feet of your plaster Savior!”
Lydia stood her ground.
1 When did you first start writing?
I didn’t write to be published until “Be Not Afraid” took hold of my mind and wouldn’t let go. Before that, it was the annual Christmas letter, and that was about it.
2 Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
I wanted to be a lot of different things, but math always seemed to be a part of what I wanted to do, and math and I do not get along. Words have always been my strong point.
There was a time when I wanted to be a veterinarian—couldn’t bear chemistry classes, though. Psychologist—until I realized I’d have to deal with people a lot more than I was comfortable with. Missionary, English major, administrative assistant—nothing ever really worked out. Wife and mother? Never thought that would be a choice, but here I am, married 27 years, with a 23-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter.
3 What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?
What I’ve done so far was not my choice per se. I don’t think I have a favorite genre to work in—most of what is circulating in the whirlpool between my ears is a mix of genres and age levels.
4 Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?
This question is always difficult. It brings back feelings and memories that I have tried to stay away from, but I know it’s an inevitable question.
“Be Not Afraid” (an ironic title, by the way, because some people have told me they cannot finish reading it) was spawned by a nightmare I had. In it, I was attacked by a vampire. And it was one of those dreams that one experiences completely, with all of the senses. And it was not pleasant, I can assure you. When I woke up, the dream continued circulating in my mind, constantly, with each cycle putting in more detail and more storyline. Inevitably, I had to write it down, and when I did, it finally left me alone.
5 What has your publishing experience been like?
I originally had the book published by Xlibris, a print-on-demand company. They fulfilled their part of the bargain, after I paid them a lot of money, then I was on my own. Now it will be re-published by Mountain Springs House Publishing, and I hope I have much better luck with them.
6 Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
When I wrote my first book, I merely sat on the living room couch and wrote for hours at a time. But then we gave the couch to our son, who needed furniture for his duplex. The second/third book (it was one manuscript until it got too big), was written in the dining room, and the one I am working on right now doesn’t have a particular place yet. I am only five pages into it. I really don’t have a routine, although if I have to write something particularly horrific, I’ll have a couple of beers first. Numbs the brain—I am not comfortable with writing that stuff. But I have to get through that part to get to where the good guys win.
7 How do you come up with characters’ names and place names in your books?
With the more common characters, I try to find names that do not belong to anyone I know, or are so common that no one would think the character was fashioned after himself/herself. There are definitely names in the book that are real, and the characters attached to those names are, in fact, those people. Place names—didn’t really have any in the first book per se.
8 In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?
That would be Toby, a two-year-old who is a mystery in more ways than one. His father disappears, his mother is close-mouthed about who the dad is, and Toby shows powers and talents far greater than his age. He will figure primarily in the fourth book, “Enoch’s Return”.
9 Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
I think I have solidified and clarified to myself what was just a vague awareness before, and it is the message of the book: God created all, and wants all to return to Him. Therefore, He makes Himself known to all through any way He can. But it is up to us to turn to Him—He does not impose His will on us.
10 How did you/do you market your work?
Social networking, such as Facebook, Goodreads, Wattpad, and others. I spend a lot of time on the computer, blogging and participating in events. I think I spend 20 hours a week on the computer, hoping something will happen to propel my work to the heights. Don’t we all…
11 Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?
I remember it well. The box came, I took it into the dining room, and set it on the table. When I opened it and saw the books for the first time, it took my breath away. I was LEGITIMATE!! I was PUBLISHED! My words were on paper, just like Thoreau and Hemingway!! It was almost like the first time I saw my children after they were born. But without all the hospital stuff…
12 Favorite authors?
Oh, where do I start? I have a constant list of books I want from Tamara Myer, Jasper Fforde, Rita Mae Brown, Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Winspear, and so many others. My library is so full of books to be read that I think I will have to carry them with me into the afterlife to finish them.
13 Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?
Not really. Usually the chapter wants to get written so badly that it practically jumps out of the pen before I can put it to paper. I am trying to get going on the fourth book, but it isn’t writer’s block that stops me (I have it half-written in my head already). It’s the lack of time.
14 What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Do not lose patience. Check all avenues, seek advice, do not go with the first publishing outfit that you see. E-pubbing your books is a great idea, but you don’t get anything for public author signings. Make sure your offering is crisply and perfectly edited. You want the audience to love your book as much as you do, so make sure it is understandable and not awkward.
15 Are you working on anything new? If so, can you tell me about it?
The fourth book in the series “Pride’s Damnation” is called “Enoch’s Return”. In Genesis, it is said that “Enoch walked with the Lord and was seen no more”. That leads one to believe that, like Elijah, Enoch was taken away to fulfill his role in another time. This book works off that idea, and involves the demons and saints from the previous three books.