Saturday, 14 December 2013

Morgan Daimler

Author: Morgan Daimler
Best known works: Where the Hawthorn Grows
Where you can find her: Website
Top writing tip: Don't be afraid to try.

Thank you, Morgan, for taking the time to share a bit about yourself.

When did you first realize you were pagan?

I became pagan in 1991.

When did you start writing?

I started writing in high school, but didn’t start submitting material to be published until about five years after I graduated.

Are you published or self published, and what has been your experience of this process?

Both. I like self-publishing because I have complete control. On the other hand going through a traditional publisher is easier in many ways and gets the books out to more places than I can on my own.

How many books have you had published?

I self published four books, have two out through traditional publishers with another forthcoming, and am working on my first novel.

How long does it take you to write a book, are you a fast writer or a slow writer?

I guess I’m a fast writer once I set my mind to it. It’s never taken me more than a month to write a book.

How do you decide on what to write about?

I tend to write the books I want to read and that I think need to be out there as a resource for others.

Do you ever dream about writing?

Definitely. I’ve had ideas for books come to me in my sleep before too.

What do you enjoy reading?

I love W. B. Yeats and my favourite urban fantasy author is Mercedes Lackey. I’m addicted to urban fantasy, its probably my favourite genre, although I’ll read pretty much anything.

Tell us a little bit about what you write.

Most of what I write is non-fiction. My last book, Where the Hawthorn Grows, is my experiences and thoughts on being a Reconstructionist Druid in America.

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

No. If I’m stuck on a section or on one project I just go work on something else until the stuck area works itself out. I learned that approach when I was in college because when you have a deadline you can’t afford not to get the work done. So if I’m writing and one section just isn’t working I might skip ahead and write a later section until I’m ready to go back and tackle the difficult bit. Or I’ll make myself write even if I feel totally uninspired and go back later and revise it to make it better. I find that forcing myself to just do it works for me to get through blocks.

What are you working on right now?

I just finished my first fiction novel, which was really fun to write and I’m working on revising it and getting a second draft done now.

Who encourages you?

My friends and family.

Do you socialise with other writers or are you a solitary author?

I have several friends who are authors, but that’s not why they are my friends. I think it’s good to have people who understand about what it’s like to write though because sometimes you just need to vent or as advice and you need those people to go to.


Morgan, we appreciate that you took the time to talk to us. We hope that your next book is very successful.

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