Complementing my interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the three hundred and eighteenth, is of yours truly – because it’s my birthday today 🙂 – Morgen Bailey. If you would like to take part in an author spotlight, take a look at author-spotlights.
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition (she’s Acting Chair of NLG too), and soon to be creative writing tutor for her local council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry.
She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog. Her debut novel is the chick lit eBook The Serial Dater’s Shopping List and she has six others (mostly crime) in the works, and various short story collections and two writer’s block workbooks listed on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine.
She welcomes, and actively helps to promote, guest authors on her (this) blog – see opportunities.
And now from the author herself:
I’ve been spending most of my time away from the blog recently editing / critiquing short stories and novels for other authors, two of whom told me that they nearly didn’t become writers because of their teachers accusing them of plagiarising, their work was ‘too good’. I had the opposite experience, although later in life.
To say I’d been an avid fan of Stephen King in my teens is an understatement. I blame him for me wearing glasses (homework then torch under duvet to read the next few chapters) but it never occurred to me that writing was a profession, or certainly not one that I could do. Then I left home, moved to Northamptonshire where I knew no one, and went to evening classes to socialise. I started with languages and computing skills, then January 2005 spotted creative writing.
Crime writer Sally Spedding lead the class that would change my life, although it nearly didn’t happen. I took along the only thing I really had to share: a poem through the eyes of a six-month-old boy. It didn’t rhyme particularly well, the pace was all over the place, but I didn’t know that at the time so it was quite rightly pulled apart. I drove home thinking I’d never go back but by the following Monday I thought, I’ll show you, and I took along a short story which was still pulled apart but had enough promise (apparently) that encouraged me to keep going and here I am over eight years later.
I won’t bore you by listing all my achievements (they’re on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/me should you be curious) but I’m proud of everything I’ve written, even the aforementioned poem (which I’ll do something with one day), and the based-on-a-true-story monologue (Feeding the Father) that lead two women on Goodreads to promise to never read anything by me again!
Most writers will know that the writing profession is hard. Really hard. So why do we do it? Because once we’re hooked, we’re there for life. And if we’re not, then we didn’t want it badly enough. From January 2014, I’ll be teaching eight writing-related courses in my hometown, Northampton, UK (details on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/courses/northampton-writing-courses) and I can’t wait. I gave up my day job (a secretary – which is why I’m scarily organised!) in March 2012 and said I’d never have a ‘proper’ job again and although this technically is one (albeit part-time) it still doesn’t feel like work (it may do once I start planning it) but it’s doing what I love and getting paid for it… how many people can honestly say that? Living the dream? You bet. 🙂
You can find more about Morgen and her writing via…
- Main blog: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com
- Guidelines: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/submission-information/opportunities-on-this-blog
- Interview-only (WordPress): http://morgensauthorinterviews.wordpress.com
- Interview-only (Blogspot): http://morgensauthorinterviews.blogspot.co.uk
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/morgenwriteruk and https://twitter.com/NtonWritingGrps
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/morgenwriteruk / http://www.facebook.com/MorgenBaileyAuthor
- Online writing groups (blogs / Facebook): listed on Online Writing Groups
- Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/MorgenBailey
- Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5313774.Morgen_Bailey
- LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/morgen-bailey/26/933/866
- Tumblr: http://morgenbailey.tumblr.com
- about.me: http://about.me/morgenbailey
- Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/MorgenBailey
- Blogs about her writing: http://morgenbaileywriter.wordpress.com and http://morgenbailey.weebly.com
- eNewspapers: http://paper.li/morgenwriteruk/1318769216 and http://www.scoop.it/t/morgen-bailey-daily
- Forum: http://morgenbailey.freeforums.org
- Her books: https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/books-mine
You can sign up to receive these blog posts daily or weekly so you don’t miss anything. You can contact me and find me on the internet, view my Books (including my debut novel The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, various short story collections and writer’s block workbooks) and I also have a blog creation / maintenance service especially for, but not limited to, writers. If you like this blog, you can help me keep it running by donating and choose an optional free eBook.
For writers / readers willing to give feedback and / or writers wanting feedback, take a look at this blog’s Feedback page.
As I post a spotlight or interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t unfortunately review books but I have a list of those who do. If there’s anything you’d like to take part in, take a look at Opportunities on this blog.
I welcome items for critique directly (see Editing & Critique) or for posting on the online writing groups listed below:
Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Poetry Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group
We look forward to reading your comments.