Author: Morgan Straughan Comnick
Publisher: Paper Crane Books
Genre: Short Stories
This collection was born thanks to adventures to magical places that my youthful imagination crafted, a royal decree that henceforth let me be known as "The Queen of Details," and a very energetic "role model for today's youth." Writing had always been a comfort, a way of expressing myself since my voice was locked tight due to shyness. But because of these events, gifts, professors, and people in my life, light was shed on a pathway to writing as a career. In this collection, you will find works mostly from my high school years, exploring an array of genres. You'll learn about my younger self--both child and teen--who made me the woman I am today. It all started with a notebook, a pencil, words of encouragement, and a sweet, little dream.
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What is your favorite quality about yourself? I try to see the good in everyone, showing kindness and respect. I know every person shines brightly like a star, is beautiful and has their own glow to contribute to society. I want everyone to see that. What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I do not have much confidence in myself and get scared easily. My shyness and being too nice has burned and harmed me as well. How long have you been writing? Professionally, I signed my contract with Paper Crane Books on February 2013 and my first novel, Spirit Vision, was released that December. I began the bulk of my writing in high school and college, as a way of expression when I was too shy for spoken words, when I wanted my creative traits to show, and when I needed a friend to vent to. Who or what influenced your writing once you began? My Communication Arts teacher my freshmen year of high school, Mr. Banger, declared dramatically one day that he was going to write a book. We cackled at his antics, but then he told me I would make an interesting book character. For some reason, I reasoned with myself that if this man could write a book, I could try. I fused this fire with my school life at the time and my love for spirits and from this Spirit Vision was born. I have been going ever since. Who or what influenced your writing over the years? I look at the world around me, the place that has been my home and comfort, and find the uniqueness of it, a fantastical, fantasy element to it without it losing its core, its element, what it is. There is inspiration everywhere; you just have to have an open mind and find it. How did you come up with the title of the book? I never considered writing a career when I was in school; just a hobby and a way to express myself. When I started writing Spirit Vision I wanted to share it with the world. I was not sure if it would happen, so I considered it my sweet, little dream, one I held close to my heart. That is why I named my first collection, compiled of my first writings, A Sweet, Little Dream. Are there any current books that have grasped your interest? I received several mangas and books for Christmas. Right now, I have been pleasure reading my mangas and currently reading Emerald Green, the fine book in the Ruby Red time-travelling series. As far as genre, I enjoy vampire series, fairy tale retellings, historical fiction, realistic fiction, and books with magic in them. What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writers block is so annoying, especially for me because I have to write in order, which I have heard is odd for an author! Cutting a part you love in editing breaks my heart and makes my soul shrivel. Give us three “Good to Know” facts about you. Be creative, you can talk about your first job, something that inspires you, anything fun that might grab the readers attention.
- I have the movie The Lion King completely memorized and have since age four.
- I am allergic to citrus. I cannot even smell it or my throat closes up.
- I am an oktau (a Japanese culture nerd through anime, manga, cosplay, and culture) and proud!