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Random Fan with Rumer Haven (@RumerHaven)

This month’s Random Fan is fellow Omnific author, Rumer Haven. Rumer recently published a fantastic novel entitled “Seven For A Secret” and we were thrilled to have the chance to chat with her about it.  You can purchase the ebook or the paperback here.



Morgan and Jennifer: Seven For A Secret is a paranormal romance, but that’s labeling it pretty simply. What else would you like readers to know about the novel?

Rumer Haven:  Great question, as this story isn’t easily placed into any one bucket. While it does have a paranormal element, the ghost’s main function is to join the present with the past, connecting two stories that are more human than supernatural. My publicist has described it as “Great Gatsby meets Bridget Jones,” as it’s half historical fiction and half contemporary, and whereas the historical half is full of drama, the contemporary half is romantic comedy. It’s filled with contrasts like this, I guess, from swept-off-one’s-feet romance to self-deprecating reality. And while young twenty-something and teenage characters drive the story, it’s arguably the old folks who save the day. These opposing elements all interrelate, though, balancing the story out to provide a little bit of everything for everyone. So you don’t have to be a fan of any one particular aspect to still (hopefully) enjoy the overall book.

Rumer Haven: Exposure is such a richly rendered story of stardom and scandal, “exposing” the human element behind the Hollywood facade and paying nice homage to cinematography. Is the industry of special interest to you? What inspired this context for your story?

Morgan and Jennifer: Like most people, we’ve always been interested in pop culture. Movies, television, books and music are all things we enjoy, but we would never say we’ve been obsessed with the celebrity culture. Morgan has spent much of his life actively involved in live theatre and was able to take those human experiences and transfer them to our fictional movie set, but the entire novel generated from just one image in Jennifer’s mind. Specifically, it was the moment when Shaunna Noble quits her job as Kyle Petersen’s publicist, storms out of his movie trailer and tosses all of his clothing to the fans gathered nearby.

Jennifer didn’t really understand who Shaunna was or why she was so angry at the movie star, but it was obvious that the blow up was taking place on a movie set. The rest of the novel was developed around that one moment – finding out what events led up to the outburst, trying to understand how someone could be driven to such rash action and wondering about what would happen to Shaunna in the aftermath of such an explosion.

Morgan and Jennifer: Your novel jumps between the 1920’s and the 2000’s. Do you have a particular fondness for the Roaring 20’s? Why did you choose that era specifically?

Rumer Haven: The Great Gatsby has always been one of my favorite novels, so while I couldn’t aspire to Fitzgerald’s talent, I wanted to attempt a similar atmosphere. I’m also fascinated by the New Woman who emerged during that decade. There’s the iconic flapper, of course, who really pushed the envelope by shortening her hair and hemline and partying like a rock star. But women at large had also just earned the right to vote and were generally shedding the corset of Victorian mores to make more choices for themselves regarding work, education, and sexual freedom. And let’s face it, the fashion was exquisite! As was the architecture—I knew I wanted this story to be my homage to sweet home Chicago, and there are so many structures that were in their heyday back then that are still standing now. They provide an ideal bridge between past and present, and Capone’s Chicago is a classic backdrop for decadence and dodginess.

Rumer Haven: Your novel is perhaps the first I’ve read that was a collaboration of two authors–and a husband and wife, no less. You two clearly make a brilliant team in writing something so uniform and seamless, so I can’t help but ask how you approach this process! What role do each of you play in crafting the content and composition?

Morgan and Jennifer: Those who know us often describe us as a case of Opposites Attract. Morgan is extroverted, while Jennifer is introverted. But despite the extremes in our personalities, we have a lot in common. Writing fiction is something we both feel deeply connected to, and as such we’ve discovered that we work well together.

As a team, we’ve always outlined stories together through the process of collaborative brainstorming. When it comes to composition, Morgan tends to be focused on providing the unexpected, yet essential details within scenes, while Jennifer tends to be fixated on the bigger picture, making sure all the elemental plot points are addressed. Beyond this, Morgan lends more of his humor to the writing process, while Jennifer enjoys drawing emotion out of both the characters and the reader. Overall, it seems to make for a good balance.

Jennifer: As someone who works in a non-profit visitor facility, I recognized much of the behind the scenes action at the Planetarium in your story. I’m curious to know if those sections of the story are based on real life experience?

Rumer Haven: Yes! I used to volunteer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. For the record, the volunteer coordinator was not a ho-bag like Vicki but a very lovely, respected member of staff. 🙂 But I did assist the education department with the sorts of activities and events that Kate manages and loved the experience and institution (and Atwood Sphere!) so much. I was actually a finance professional at the time, but working with the public at Adler inspired me to become a teacher. So in homage to the memories and meaning that place holds for me, I wove it into the book.

Morgan: What is your favorite celestial body in the universe?

Rumer Haven: Just…stars. The whole lot of ’em. Like us, they pass through a cycle of life, yet even when they die, they shine on through time and space. They give us something to wish on, to create pictures and stories out of, and they can guide our way home. Our closest star gives us life and keeps us warm in the daytime, and at night, all the distant stars bedazzling the sky make me feel at once infinitesimal yet integral to something greater than I can comprehend. We’re all made of stardust, lest we forget. 🙂

Rumer Haven: Given my great fondness for Exposure and you lovely folks, I cannot wait for your next book. Anything new in the pipeline?

Jennifer: Speaking of stardust and planetariums … I’m writing a story I’ve entitled Constellation.  It’s a May to December contemporary romance set in Central Oregon. The story begins with the two main characters, Jack and Kathleen, having just given in to the temptation of mutual attraction.  The rest of the novel explores how this one spontaneous event will alter how Kathleen perceives her universe. When I initially began the story I thought Jack would be a man of mystery, but the deeper I get into the story  the more I realize that Kathleen is the one with all the secrets.  I’m halfway done writing the book and realizing I actually have a series in the making. I can easily envision two more books and that has me very excited right now.  I’m hoping to publish the first book later this year.

Morgan: I am currently editing a book that I wrote for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November of 2013. It’s a ghost story called Connection and it takes place mostly on the N train in New York City. I establish new rules for ghosts while reinforcing some of my old favorites and, believe it or not, the whole thing is a tender romance.


The Locklears return to Northwest Prime

Northwest Prime

On Monday, November 17, we were interviewed by Lori Ness on her radio show, Northwest Prime.

If you didn’t have a chance to listen to the show live, you can listen to a rebroadcast here.

This was our third appearance on Lori’s show and we had a great time, as always. Lori always has a great lineup of guests and we’re honored to have been included. We send our heartfelt thanks to Lori for her awesome support of our writing and our debut novel, Exposure.

We’re still having a great time connecting with a wider network of bloggers and promoting our book. We’re also back to working on new stories and hope to be able to share some news about these projects soon.

On December 3, we’ll be taking over the Book Boyfriend Junkies page on Facebook at 5 PM Pacific time.

book boyfriend junkiesWe really hope you can join us! We’re looking forward to the evening, and will send out a reminder post closer to the event.

Take Care,
Morgan & Jennifer

Random Fan with N. Michaels

This month’s Random Fan is fellow author N. Michaels. Her book, Emerald Eyes, is the first in a series and is now available via Amazon:


N. Michaels

Morgan and Jennifer: Tell us a bit about the Emerald Eyes trilogy. And what can readers expect from the second book, Onyx Heart?

N. Michaels: Hello and thank you having me! I’m a big fan of yours. I loved Exposure! 🙂

emerald eyes

The Emerald Eyes Trilogy came to me after the market was over saturated with plots that resembled Fifty Shade of Grey. They all had a domineering man and a virginal, naive woman.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy and am a huge fangirl of E L James (I can’t wait for the movie!), but I was bored of reading the same type of plot over and over in so many different books, and during a conversation with one of my best friends, Ella, I told her as much.

Her response was immediate, “Write what you want to read then.”

And I did.

Katherine Slav, my heroine, appeared in my mind and began telling me her story. And then she told me about Eric Miller, and I was hooked.

Katherine is anything but naive, or shy. She’s confident in herself and her beauty. She doesn’t take BS from anyone, and that includes Eric.

Eric is a mystery, even to me sometimes. He’s very guarded and shares only what needs to be known. I’m still slipping through the cracks of his armor to figure him out.

I began writing during the day while my babies were napping and late night/early morning while the house was asleep.

The moment I reached the middle of the book, I knew how to end it. I leaned back in my chair and whispered, “Oh shit!” I grabbed my phone and called my second best friend, Milana and told her about the ending. She listened until the end and then she was tearing up, telling me I had to publish it.

Milana was with me every step of the way, I would write a few chapters, call her and read them to her. If I didn’t write for a few days she would call me to nag and motivate me. “You can’t leave me hanging like this! What happens after Mark enters the suite?”

She was a source of encouragement and support and still is, and for that, I thank her. ♡

After finishing writing Emerald Eyes, the second book in the trilogy, Onyx Heart began to unfold in my mind. I always take notes and write whatever happens at that moment. I even have a few key scenes from the third and last book written down.

My mind will show me the most important moments, like a slide reel, and when I sit down to write the rest just flows and all those scenes come together.

N. Michaels: Where did the idea for Exposure come from?

Jennifer: One afternoon several years ago, I was spending a day at home doing the laundry. Laundry is never my favorite thing to do, but according to the rest of my family I have some talent for it so I own it.

Not surprisingly, my mind began to wander while I plodded through the chore. As I was trying to carry a particularly large and awkward load of clothing from the utility room, I began thinking about what I’d really like to do with the bundle of clothing obstructing my line of sight as I negotiated some stairs.

That’s when I suddenly pictured Shaunna Noble storming out of Kyle Petersen’s movie set trailer and throwing all his clothes to the fans gathered nearby. And as I folded, hung up and put away the clean laundry, I kept replaying that picture and adding more and more elements to it until an entire scene was completely formed in my imagination.

Morgan and Jennifer: If you could change into any animal (and back) what animal would it be and why?

N. Michaels: If we’re talking about a real animal, it would be a black panther.

black panther

Reason: I’ve always loved cats, big or small. It’s the first place I’d run to when I’d go to the zoo, and as a child, I used to sneak stray cats and kittens into our home.

But why the black panther in particular?

That’s because when my late grandfather saw me as a baby for the first time he called me, Miegera, which in Russian slang means wild and rebellious woman, and for some unknown reason, the word reminds me of Bagheera, the black panther (black Indian leopard) who is a fictional character in Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories in The Jungle Book (coll. 1894) and The Second Jungle Book (coll. 1895).

If we’re talking about a mythical creature, I’d have to choose the Phoenix (which is actually one of the symbols for my astrologic sign, Scorpio.)


Reason: immortality and the ability to reinvent myself over and over again. To know with confidence that even after my fire has burned bright and I’m all but ashes, I will be reborn wiser and stronger.

N. Michaels: If you both could choose only one superpower, what would it be?

Morgan: At first, I wanted to pick invisibility but there’s no way to convince you people that it’s not to watch girls undress, so I’m picking invulnerability. If I can’t get hurt, there’s not much I couldn’t or wouldn’t do for mankind.

Jennifer: I thought of the ability to fly, but then I remembered I’m afraid of heights and realized that power would likely end up being wasted on me. So, instead I’d have to say the ability to see the future. I feel more comfortable when I know how things stand. I don’t do well having to wallow in the unknown.

N. Michaels: What was your first impression of each other when you first met?

Morgan: The first thing I liked about Jennifer was her style. She was the kind of girl who wore a pony tail (or for those of you who remember, a banana clip) and converse sneakers. Her blonde hair had a curly Q thing going for it in the front that always reminded me of Egon’s hair in the Ghostbusters cartoon. She was easy to smile and fun to dance with, and by the end of the night I was in love.

Jennifer: The night we met, Morgan was literally the first person I noticed when I walked in the room. He was exuberant and clearly the life of the party. I was nursing a broken heart at the time and had to be literally dragged out of the house by my friend when she suggested a night out. When she saw that I’d noticed Morgan, she made sure we were introduced within the hour. Once we began talking it was clear that he was intelligent, funny as hell and a swoon-worthy gentleman. By the time I returned home, I knew I’d met someone special.

Morgan and Jennifer: We see that (like Jennifer) you a wife, a mother and work full-time. How do you juggle all of this and find time for writing too? Maybe we could trade time management tips.

N. Michaels: At the time of writing Emerald Eyes I was a stay at home mom. I have trust issues when it comes to nannies and babysitters so I decided to stay home with them until they were big enough to go to daycare. I’m not passing judgment on those who do have nannies and babysitters, to each their own.

Currently, I am working full time (I’m actually typing this while on the bus on my way to Manhattan) and I usually write on the bus and on my days off. My full time job is very demanding and unfortunately, it slowed down my progress with Onyx Heart. I’d like to thank all my readers and friends who have been hounding me with emails and private messages regarding Onyx Heart’s release date, thank you for being so freaking wonderful, patient and supportive. ♡

So how do I juggle it all? I have an amazing mom and in-laws, who love my children as much I do. My husband learned to step in and take over when I can’t. Their help is how I manage to stay sane.

Thank you again for having me and for the lovely questions. I had a wonderful time! 🙂

Exposure Blog Tour: Words Across The Ocean


Words Across The Ocean:

Hello and welcome to my blog 😉

I live in Australia, I’m a mom and my profession is Nursing! I decided to do this Blog to express myself more out into the Universe ~ I can be a bit shy and hold alot of myself within! It’s baby steps and I am learning as I go but I really am enjoying putting some of myself down to share…mainly for my “Sticky Little Leaf” my beautiful son! He is a talented writer, who is forever correcting my english lol as I’m not very good and I hope to inspire him to believe in himself more xoxox

My job has allowed me to meet some amazing people over the years, especially in working with the older generation ….I love to hear their stories about their life ~ where their from and what they’ve done in their lifetime!

When I was younger I use to write Poetry but stopped in my 20′s…..recently I have been inspired to start again, I’m not great but am enjoying expressing myself again!

Also I have an addiction called reading!!!  In books I do believe “You can loose yourself and find yourself there too…share in great minds, actions and undertakings…I love it when the words just reach out and grab you”!

“Reading & Music enriches, soothes and guides my soul through the seasons of life!” ~ By © debradml (2012)

# Please Note: That all my writing/ stories/ posts/ contributions with the exception of reader comments or otherwise stated are the property of the author/ administator of this Blog “Words from across the Ocean”. Fair Use applies to all of the picture etc. used within…

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen, and please be sure to leave a comment, like and/ or follow me!


Debs xox

Today’s stop on the blog tour is Words Across The Ocean. We were delighted when Deb opted to make a promo post on the blog and are honored to have Exposure spotlighted.  She even managed to score a rare interview with the talented but bashful Hollywood publicist, Shaunna Noble. Be sure to pop over and wave hello.

If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer

Random Fan with Sydney Logan

Sydney Logan

This month’s Random Fan is Sydney Logan. Sydney is a fellow author and we met her online a few years ago. Sydney has published several novels and is about release her latest, Soldier On.  The release day for her book is June 20, but you can pre-order a paperback now via Amazon:

Many thanks to Sydney for signing on for this experiment with us.

Sydney: Congrats on your debut novel! What is your favorite aspect of publishing so far? What causes you the most anxiety?

Morgan and Jennifer: Thank you, Sydney. For us, our favorite thing about publishing Exposure was the opportunity to improve the story through the editing process. When we submitted to Omnific, the publisher received our second draft of the manuscript. Even so, our editor encouraged us to explore avenues we had initially hesitated to pursue. Although the editing process had its challenges, we knew the story was benefiting as a result.

The biggest anxiety we had to deal with was the waiting period between having our book accepted for publication and the release of the novel. We knew we had a fun story that people would enjoy, and it’s a real joy being able to share it with everyone now.

Morgan and Jennifer: Your latest novel, Soldier On, is scheduled for release on June 20. Can you tell us a bit about the story? What was your inspiration in writing it?

Sydney: Soldier On is about a college senior named Steph who lost her dad in Desert Storm. Because she never met her father, she’s always had a sort of irrational hatred for anything military related. She’s very focused on school. No dating. No partying. She’s just focused on graduation and getting her teaching degree. She meets Brandon at a New Year’s Eve costume party, and even though he’s dressed up as a soldier, she’s instantly attracted to him. Of course, she finds out later that his disguise is more than just a random costume, so Steph has to come to terms with the fact that she’s fallen in love with a soldier. Brandon is focused on graduation, too, but for entirely different reasons. His dad is a retired major general, and Brandon has always been expected to follow in his father’s military footsteps. Now that Brandon’s dad suffers from dementia, he is even more determined to please his father. But now that he’s met Steph, he’s not so sure he wants a military life. It’s definitely a coming-of-age story about growing up and having to make decisions you never thought you’d have to make.

Inspiration came from many different places for Soldier On. I was in the mood to write a New Adult novel that actually took place on a college campus, and I really, really wanted to write about a soldier. I didn’t, however, want to write about war, so I decided to make Brandon an ROTC student. I have a close friend whose mother had been battling Alzheimer’s for a while, and my friend had told me that someday, I should write a book about it. I don’t know if she even remembers saying it, but I always remembered it, and that’s where the inspiration for Brandon’s story comes from.

Sydney: I’m fascinated by the fact that you collaborate in your writing. What happens if you disagree on a particular plot point? How do you resolve that issue?

Morgan and Jennifer: Any time we disagree in writing, we each present our individual cases. So far, we’ve been able to hear one another out and come to a solution. We’ve been married for a while now and, over time, we’ve learned how to work through disagreements whether they have anything to with writing or not. The most important is to let one person talk while the other one listens.

Morgan and Jennifer: We’ve noticed that your stories tend to take place within the setting of Appalachia. Can you tell us a bit about why this part of the world is important in your writings?

Sydney: Appalachia is important in my writing because that’s where I was raised (and still live today). I think it’s important to show a side of Appalachia that’s very different from what people may see on television or in the news. Yes, we’re rural, and yes, we have communities that have been destroyed by poverty and meth, but we also have good-hearted, friendly people who are educated, well-read, and truly love living in the country. It’s a beautiful place, and it’s important to me that I showcase that in my stories. That being said, I’m sure I’ll change locales eventually. Soldier On actually takes place in a fictional college town in Indiana, but Brandon, my hero, is from Eastern Kentucky. I just couldn’t leave the mountains completely out of the story. 🙂

Sydney: I know we’re all music lovers. If you could pick three songs for the soundtrack of your lives together, which three would you choose and why?

Morgan and Jennifer: It’s difficult to narrow down to three songs, but here are the ones that came to mind first.

One More Story – Peter Cetera: It’s a song that was Important to us in our youth. Now, the song has a new meaning to us as adults and writers.

World to Me – Huey Lewis & The News: This is officially “our song”. It was chosen early in our relationship, and it was also the song that was played for the first dance at our wedding.

The Swing of Things – a-ha: We have varied musical tastes, but we both love the music of a-ha and agree that this song is one of their best.

Morgan and Jennifer: Which one of your books would you like to see made into a movie and why?

Sydney: Soldier On is so fresh in my mind that my first instinct is to choose that one, but many readers have told me that Lessons Learned “reads” like a movie. Plus, Matt’s story would be very timely and socially relevant.

(Jennifer: Having read Lessons Learned, I agree with my fellow readers! 🙂

Exposure Blog Tour: Northwest Prime

Northwest Prime

Today, we’re returning to Northwest Prime for a live radio interview at 2 PM Pacific time. This Seattle based show spotlights emerging artists and showcases nice people doing great things from the Northwest, the USA and across the globe.  The show is broadcast every day on Seattle Wave Radio.

You can listen online by clicking on the following link:

Last week, we had a great time speaking with the show’s host, Lori, when we kicked off the blog tour for Exposure. We’re looking forward to spending more time together this afternoon and send our thanks to Lori for welcoming us back so soon!

If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer


Exposure Blog Tour: Radio Interview on Northwest Prime

Northwest Prime


Today, we’re kicking off the blog tour for Exposure with a live radio interview on Northwest Prime. This Seattle based show spotlights emerging artists and showcases nice people doing great things from the Northwest, the USA and across the globe.  The show is broadcast every day on Seattle Wave Radio.

You can listen online by clicking on the following link:

You can expect to hear us on the air around 12:30 Pacific Time, but if you can be sure to listen to the entire show beginning at noon.  The featured guest is Chef Shelley Boris who has cooked for such personalities as the Dalai Lama and Mikhail Gorbachev. She’ll be talking about her new book, Fresh Cooking: A Year of Recipes from the Garrison Institute Kitchen.

We’re honored to share some air time with Shelley and wish to thank the show’s host, Lori Ness, for inviting us to appear on Release Day.

Interview with Bookish Temptations

Happy Weekend, Everyone!


This morning, the Bookish Temptations website posted an interview with us. The site is calling it an interview with a twist and you can read it here:


Thanks to Bookish Temptations for the invitation.  We enjoyed the opportunity to share a few fun facts about each other and our book, Exposure.


We’re just a few days away from release day and are so excited to share the story with you.  As soon as the novel is available for order, we’ll be sure to share that information with everyone.


We also have more posts and interviews lined up over the course of the summer, so keep your eye on our blog, twitter, facebook or goodreads accounts for the latest news.


Until then, take care!

Jennifer & Morgan

Exclusive ‘Exposure’ excerpt posting on Bookish Temptations…

Hello Everyone,

Morgan and I wanted to share some good news with you.



On Thursday, May 29, the Bookish Temptations website will be posting an excerpt from the opening scene of our debut novel, Exposure. If you’re curious about the story and want to know how it all begins,  be sure and stop by their site to check it out!

On Saturday, May 31, Morgan and I will appear on Bookish once again. We recently sat down for an interview and had a great time with it. What we will be asked? And who will be asking it?  *taps chin*

If you’ve never visited the Bookish Temptations site, you absolutely should. Morgan writes a monthly column there, and I’ve been known to review books, conduct interviews and post giveaways from time to time.  We’re just a little over a week away from the Release Day for Exposure and we’re so happy to kick off the celebration with our good friends at Bookish.  You can visit their site here:



We also wanted to let you know that we’re hosting a giveaway on our facebook page.  The rules are pretty simple – give our facebook page a Like and you can enter to win a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’ll draw for a winner when our facebook page hits 1,000 Likes!  You can visit our page here:

Finally, if you’re a book blogger and are interested in signing up for the blog tour for Exposure, you should do so now:

We’re told sign ups for the tour are about to close, so don’t miss your chance to participate!  The tour will take place June 3 – 17, 2014.  We’ll be sure to keep everyone as updated as possible about where and when you can catch it online.  Many thanks to our publicist, Nina Bocci, and to The SUBCLUB Books website for organizing and hosting the blog tour.

We’ve got an amazing summer coming up, and we’re so glad you’re a part of it.

Take Care,

Jennifer and Morgan

Random Fan with Terry the Nurse


This month’s Random Fan is Terry the Nurse. We met Terry online a while ago and we were lucky enough to meet Terry in person in September 2013. If you follow the Argyle Empire blog, you will no doubt recognize Terry as author of some wonderful articles highlighting literature, music and art featured in the Gabriel Series by Sylvain Reynard.  You can read one of those articles here:

Many thanks to Terry for signing on for this experiment with us.


Terry: I’m fascinated that you two actually write together. I have a hard enough time writing on my own. Can you give us some idea how you do it?

Morgan and Jennifer: So far there’s no one formula that works best. Each project we’ve worked on has been constructed differently. Sometimes one of us writes, while the other edits.

Jennifer: In the case of our novel, Exposure, it was a true collaboration. The story idea was mine and I mentioned it to Morgan one night. He liked the premise immediately and encouraged me to pursue it, but I was hesitant to tackle it on my own for several reasons. So I asked Morgan if he would write it with me, and he eagerly agreed.

Morgan: We outlined chapters together, and then one of us would take a crack at writing the first draft. When that was done, the chapter was passed on to the other writer for additions and amendments. We also asked several trusted friends to beta read the chapters for feedback. Since there were two of us writing the story, it was critical to have some neutral sets of eyes to look over the manuscript. It helped us to know if we were hitting all the right marks in our storytelling.

Morgan and Jennifer: We know you’ve written some fabulous articles for Argyle Empire, so we’re curious to know more about your background with writing.

Terry: Thank you for the compliment. I’ve been doing expository writing for many years – mostly for magazines and/or journals that deal with nursing practice or other academic work. I am always admiring those of you who can write fiction – I have no talent in that area! My writing experience is almost entirely non-fiction, essay, or expository, which probably comes from my love for the arts and sciences. I’m a voracious non-fiction reader, too; most expository writers love to explore what they’ve learned through their reading and share it with others.

The Argyle Empire posts were particularly special to me. Not only did I want to share the multifaceted beauty of SR’s books and writing with a larger audience on line, but I also wanted to introduce some of the more artistic works (found in the books) to those who may not have an exposure to the Arts. I love pop culture, but you can see that there is something about the classics that survive time, circumstances, and cultural transformation. They are truly timeless, and I loved uncovering some of those gems in the Gabriel Series for the AE website. I hope I was able to tickle a budding interest in opera and literature for some of SR’s readers.

Terry: SR says write every day, and I know you guys do. I also know that you work, raise 2 active kids, have housekeeping duties, and have to do the cursed food shopping. I’ve always been curious how you both developed the discipline to not just say, “I’m tired. I’ll write tomorrow.” How? What inspires you to not procrastinate?

Morgan: There are months when I write every day, but then there are months when I don’t. I have discipline in bursts. It depends on whether I’m writing brand new material or editing an existing project. The new stuff comes in spurts. The seasoned stuff simmers for a while.

Jennifer: I write quite a bit for my real life job, so that helps me stay focused on the activity of it. But since my fiction writing has to take place in my off hours, I have to budget time for it. Some days this can be frustrating because I’ll be anxious to work on a scene or a chapter and there simply isn’t time. But most of the time it works well for me because I like to think about scenes quite a bit before I sit down to the computer to create them.


exposure manuscript

Morgan and Jennifer: If you could go back in time and witness any event in history, what would it be? And…would you intervene to influence its course?

Terry: I am so old that I actually did witness (as a child) the event that I believe changed the course of the latter half of the 20th century, and still reverberates today. The event is the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November, 1963. I love American history, but this one event I think changed the course of history and caused a sea change in what happened afterward. Witnessing a presidential assassination is traumatic in itself, but I believe things would have been very different had JFK not gone to Dallas that day. It is likely that we would not have had a Viet Nam war (at least not its escalation) which would have prevented the protest movements of the 1960s, our massive distrust in government, Nixon and Watergate….the list is endless. At the same time, I don’t think I would have intervened if I could. Without the antiwar movement, we wouldn’t have had the women’s movement, the gay rights movement, or many of the other social movements that came out of the 60s and that permanently changed American life. It’s an interesting way to think about the legacy of the JFK assassination.

Morgan and Jennifer: What song best describes you? Why?

Terry: I think the song that best describes me is Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.” Ever since I was diagnosed with uterine cancer in early 2013, I’ve had to be a warrior. It’s true: what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I have wonderful friends and family helping me fight the battle, but in the end, it’s all about your attitude in adversity. You just can’t let the small stuff (or the big stuff) get you down. I strongly believe that a positive attitude has a lot to do with healing from a catastrophic illness. I try to be a good example of that.

Terry: Who killed off Joffrey???? My vote is Grandmom. (Diana Rigg)

Morgan and Jennifer: We know who didn’t kill Joffrey, and that’s Tyrion. #FreeTyrion



Terry: You both have a fabulous sense of humor. Do you find that you bring that to your writing? Does it make it easier/harder?

Morgan: I can’t help it. I have always had a desire to find the levity in any situation and have always been rewarded with laughter. Jennifer’s original vision for Exposure had always included a despicable villain and a fun relatable group of main characters. People laughing together is about as relatable as it gets for me. Most of my great party observations are just me repeating something Jennifer whispered to me. She has always made me laugh, and is goodly enough to laugh in turn at my humorous antics.

Jennifer: I adore reading stories that include brilliant bits of humor. Someday I’d like to write one, but I’ll have to work up to it. Morgan’s sense of humor is one his defining characteristics and something that caught my attention almost immediately the night we met. He is extroverted and often fearless; whereas I’m more snarky and observational. Either way, we both love to laugh and I can’t imagine working on a project together and being able to completely withhold that from a narrative.

Locklears Dec 2013