We're talking, of course, about the mysterious "Morgan Kearns", romance author. (We've already chatted about her pen name, as you know, if you wandered through our last blog. Been there, done that, let's move on.) MK lives in Arizona, not all that far from our own shack, and we discovered she was scheduled to give a talk at our local B&N. Intrigued, we asked if she'd appear in the Blog-O-Rama. She agreed, the fool, and this is what we've learned:
MK started out in television, putting in a decade as a journalist and editor. “News is high-stress, high-demand, immediate-deadlines … and there are days I miss it like crazy!” she says. “I left news to become a mother; you know, leaving one form of insanity for another.” She started writing short stories – and continues to do so, planning to put out a short story collection in 2012 – when one of her short stories insisted on growing longer. And longer. And became Fade to Black, her first romance novel and a real value-for-the-money at 498 pages.
She tells us: “I had no idea what I was doing when I sat down to start Fade to Black. I had a story in my head that needed to be told and away I went. It wasn’t until was done that I realized, ‘Holy cow!, it’s enormous!’” When the query route proved unsuccessful, she decided to do things her own way. (If you’re looking for reading material, you’ll find FtB here, in both paper and electronic form. The Amazon reviews are pretty sparkling, too. )
Her newest novel, In It to Win It, is a smaller 308 pages (available here) but is also a romance and, again, features a female reporter. When she suggested she might like to try something a little different like, say, a mystery featuring a mother of four, she laughed. “The real life of this Mom wouldn’t sell romance novels. A thriller? Maybe. A comedy? Definitely! But the only mystery in my life is what’s at the back of the fridge or under the kids’ beds. Bottom line for me: I’m a happily-ever-after girl! If it’s not HEA, I’m not interested.”
Our bottom line? We may not know MK’s true identity – if you think you do, just let us know at: WhoisMorganKearns.com – no, that ISN’T a real site, c’mon – but we’ve decided we like this woman, anyway. And thank you, stranger, for stopping by.