Author Interview: ‘Thief in the Castle’ by B. B. Morgan

About the Book:

The notorious Juniper Thimble is destined for execution. Caught stealing the king’s crown—in addition to her long list of crimes—she has only one way out. Juniper must survive the biggest, most deadly con of her life, commissioned by the king himself. Disguised as the crown prince’s lover, she is forced to protect him with her life…literally. Guarded by a surly squire, relentlessly attacked by demons, and surrounded by mysteriously disappearing servants, Juniper must dispatch the threat to the prince’s life before they find out who she really is.

Authors 4 Authors Content Rating
This title has been rated 17+, appropriate for older teens and adults, and contains:

  • Intense implied sex
  • Intense violence
  • Moderate language
  • Mild alcohol use
  • Child slavery

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’m B. B. Morgan – fantasy author and casual nerd. I grew up in a small farming town in the American Midwest. I’ve always loved stories, and books offered a wider range of possibilities. Books didn’t have to worry about special effect budgets or bad acting. Anything could happen between the covers.

I started crafting what would become my first novel somewhere around my freshman year of high school. I didn’t know what I was doing until years later when I pushed myself to write that first draft. I self-published Devil’s Blood in 2016. (It wasn’t very good. I’m not being modest. It wasn’t ready to be published.) I learned a lot from the publishing process, and each consecutive book was better. (Each book was easier to write, too.)

I write to escape. Life sucks, but books make it better. I crave a sense of adventure – that sense of finding what’s over the next horizon. I crave a sense of wonder – the kind that comes from visiting fantastical places like Hogwarts or meeting Fae or dragons or elves. That’s why I write fantasy.

My latest book is Hard as Stone, a YA gaslight fantasy, the first in a trilogy. I am also the author of the Stars and Bones high fantasy series. The first book, Thief in the Castle, is out now. The second book, Mage in the Undercity, is hitting shelves this April. The third book, Dreams in the Snow, is slated for 2021. Both series are published with Authors 4 Authors Publishing.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I have two part-time day jobs that keep me busy. My writing time is narrow, but I find the morning the most beneficial – a fresh cup of coffee, sunshine, a whole day ahead of me. I have a desk in a corner where I do all my work. It’s cluttered, and my chair is too big for the space, but it’s my space. Sometimes my dog, Suz, will join me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I imagine that mythical place as a golf course. Fairies are playing golf a bit haphazardly, and every once in a while one of the balls goes way off and hits an author in the head. The golf ball is magic so it explodes into fairy dust on impact. If an author is lucky enough to inhale some of that dust, they get an idea for a new story.

Or, that’s what I think happens.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Through the process of writing those first few novels and starting about twenty that went nowhere, I learned that I write best when I have a clear endgame. When the idea for a story strikes, I write it down (Google doc or Word). I add to that idea over time – character notes, world notes, plot, etc. For Stars and Bones: Thief in the Castle, I had a Google Doc of around ten thousand words before I started the rough draft.

Before I start any draft, I need an outline. It might be a rough outline, but I need a clear endgame. I need to know where my story is going to end and where my characters are going to end up. That way I can steer the story toward that goal, making sure there is character development to back up the plot.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Fantasy. Hands down. I didn’t read a lot in grade school or high school, but the books I felt most drawn to were fantasy. Magic. Dragons. Wizards. Superheroes. The shows and moves I watched were mostly fantasy. Fantasy, to me, is the ultimate escape. I can go into an entirely different world where the problems of our world don’t exist. Sure, problems exist in this new world, but I know they’ll be resolved by the end.

The first books I remember reading on my own volition were the Harry Potter books, most notably the Chamber of Secrets. I didn’t know books that long could be that cool. I was aborded. I wanted to read. I wanted the next book. I craved to know more of the story.

The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas had the same effect. I DEVOURED the first five books in the series within a week and a half, and that series gave me the kick I needed to finish my own high fantasy, Stars and Bones.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I’m not up on who’s who in Hollywood. I know there are plenty of actors waiting and deserving of a big break. I’d love undiscovered actors to be cast.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read constantly. I always have a book – sometimes three. I love Sarah J. Maas; I will read anything she writes. My favorite authors include Holly Black, V. E. Schwab, Stephanie Garber, Leigh Bardugo, and Rebecca Ross.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I’m currently reading House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig; Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo; and The Heart Between Kingdoms by Mary Dublins.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

This is a hard question. I want to say Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets because it’s the first book I stayed up to read, but I also want to say Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. I also want to say Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Uh, I pick all three. Because I couldn’t put them down. They enthralled my imagination in a way that few books do. They inspired me. They kept me up at night because I would rather read than sleep.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Never give up. There is so much that goes into writing a book, publishing a book, and marketing a book. It is a commitment. I don’t want to scare aspiring writers away from their dream, but I don’t want them to have misconceptions and unrealistic expectations. Don’t compare yourself to the mega-bestsellers. Odds are, you won’t sell enough to quite your day job. Few authors do. It is easy to be discouraged, but you can’t give up.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

I’m on Twitter more than I should be – @BBMorgan_W

I’m also begrudgingly on Facebook – www.facebook.com/BBMorganBooks

And I can be found on my website, www.bbmorgan.com

 

About the Author:

B. B. Morgan lives in southern Illinois. She loves the country, but she hates bugs. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s playing video games or D&D. Morgan is a hopeless romantic, steadfast optimist, casual nerd, and caffeine addict. She often plays her music (a mix of classic rock and pop) too loud and drives too slow. She is the author of the Devil’s Blood series and Caroline Eversole and the Gilded Gauntlet.

 

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