Into the Mind of Morgan L. Busse
Welcome Realmies! There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known only to Morgan L. Busse. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call Morgan’s mind. *cue Twilight Zone music.
Welcome to my mind, muhahaha!
1) How did you get into writing?
My husband. Seriously. I never thought about being a writer, but my husband always thought I had the creativity to do it and constantly encouraged me to try. On a long car ride to Seattle, I had this idea about a woman who—when she touched a person—could see inside his/her soul, and thus Daughter of Light was born.
Dan is the reason I still write. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to throw in the towel and walk away. Writing is not for the faint-hearted! Whether is was a small royalty check, nasty review, or hard work, Dan’s always encouraged me to keep on going. I am so thankful for him!
2) What was the inspiration behind your most recently published work?
The idea for my steampunk novel Tainted originally came from an online conversation where someone asked if necromancy could ever be used for good. I had this image of a woman who had been “tainted” by her father’s research, and although it opened her up to amazing power, it also was killing her on the inside.
And thus Tainted was born. But instead of straight up fantasy necromancy, I chose to use science instead, and ask the questions: 1) Are there lines we shouldn’t cross in our pursuit of the unknown? 2) What happens if we cross those lines? 3) Does it hurt others?
Kat’s own abilities stem from science as well, namely, the laws of science. She can manipulate matter. This means she can cause things to combust, or move, or cause particles to draw together (forming a solid) or drift apart (creating liquid or state form). She can even cause time to stand still. But humans were never meant to contain such power, and so it is killing her soul.
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3) What is the #1 writer’s resource that you cannot live without?
My Emotional Thesaurus. It helps me to get inside my character and see how the emotions they are experiencing translates physically, mentally, and, well, emotionally.
4) What is your goal in and for your writing?
My goal is to write a book a year for the rest of my life. I have lots of ideas, and writing has become such a part of my life I can’t imagine not writing. There are days when I wish I could keep my writing to myself and never let someone read my stories, but I don’t think that’s the path God has asked me to walk. So I will keep writing and placing my stories out there for the world to read.
5) Is there a step in the writing process that you dread/loathe/wish you could throw over the side of a cliff with a millstone tied around its neck?
Whatever I’m working on at the moment. Writing is hard work! When I’m writing a rough draft, I wish I was editing. When I’m editing, I wish I was writing a rough draft. When a book comes out, I wish I could hide. Writing takes courage, strength, and perseverance.
6) If you could spend the day with one spec fic character, who would it be?
Probably whatever character of mine I’m writing about that day. However, that could get dangerous if I’m writing a scene where things end badly for my character. I have a feeling they would want to take their anger/grief/frustration out on me.
7) What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Licorice ice cream. But it’s really, really hard to find, so when I do find an ice cream parlor that serves it, I feel like I hit the jackpot!
8) Are you a gamer? What games do you enjoy and why?
Yes! I love everything from Mario and Zelda, to Oblivion and Skyrim, to Dragon Age and World of Warcraft. My greatest joy is playing with my family, whether that’s teaming up with my husband in a PVP or joining my son in creating a world in Terraria. Gaming in some ways helps reset the creative side of my brain so I’m ready to go and write again.
Thank you so much for having me here!
Morgan L. Busse is a writer by day and a mother by night. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series and the award-winning steampunk series, The Soul Chronicles. Her debut novel, Daughter of Light, was a Christy and Carol Award finalist. During her spare time she enjoys playing games, taking long walks, and dreaming about her next novel. You can find out more about Morgan at www.morganlbusse.com