Morgan Shamy just signed with Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary Agency, and is one of the sweetest people I know! I met her in person for SCBWI LA and discovered it's impossible to not smile in her presence!
Where did you get the idea for your book?
Hmmm… I just finished my third book, and this one is the essence of who I am. It took me about six weeks to write, and the whole story just flooded out of me like it’s been growing inside of me since I was a little girl. So I guess the whole concept has always been a part of me—it didn’t just “hit” me, or I didn’t have a dream about it (lol), it was just… there… if that makes sense.
Where do you do most of your writing?
Sitting by the window on the couch. I need to have a window to write. What’s great is our backyard is all landscape… I’ve received a ton of inspiration just staring out there.
What movie or tv show do you wish you could adapt into a YA or MG book?
Oooo… V for Vendetta? That would be a cool adaptation! I love that movie!
What advice do you have for new writers?
Embrace the process. It’s HARD. A lot harder than you first think. Align yourself with people who are ahead of you in the journey and learn from them. Accept that it isn’t an easy road and decide early on that you’re willing to fight through the tough moments and keep going. But also to know what it is that you want. Do you want to go traditional? Or do you just want people to read your work? Are you interested in small press? Big 6? The Indie community? Set your goals, and don’t lose sight. Go for it.
What were you like as a teenager?
Haha! Great question. I spent all my teenage years sweating inside a dance studio wearing a leotard and tights each day. I was goal oriented and focused—but I still loved people and friends. I felt the same as I do now—I think I’ve always been an old soul. Though everything did seem so simple and fun then. I wish I would’ve realized it in the moment… why didn’t anyone tell me being a real person was hard???
Tell us something geeky about yourself:
Geeky? I have crazy hair. People always comment on it. Always asking if that’s my real color. I honestly don’t go out of the house without someone saying something. It’s pretty funny. I forget that it’s so bright—because as I go through my day, it’s not like I see myself… maybe someday I’ll dye it a darker red or not let it be so crazy…
Liz, you rock. You’re SO one of my favorite people. Thanks so much for having me!
Thanks Morgan! And your hair is gorgeous, don't ever change it!