I love collaborative blogs for a lot of reasons. As a reader, I find them to be a great source of information; it’s kind of like there’s a group of really cool people having a conversation in the cafeteria, and there’s an open invitation for me sit down with my hot lunch in hand. As a writer, I think they’re a great way to share the writing journey and meet new people without all that pressure of blogging every day.
Seriously. Have you ever tried to maintain wit and conversation on an ongoing blog? It’s hard enough to make my heroines witty—I hardly need the pressure of making myself appear in the same light four or five days a week.
Anyway, it’s wonderful to be in company with the incredible group of writers here at Romantic Journey, and I’m excited to invite you all to the table.
Name: Tamara Morgan
Agent’s Name: Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary
Books Published: None…yet
What is the one book you never tire of re-reading?
Jane Eyre and I go way back. We first found each other on Christmas of 1993. I remember the exact date because I got both Mariah Carey’s Music Box and Jane Eyre as gifts that day. For three days straight, I listened to Mariah belt out “Hero” while getting to know Jane and Mr. Rochester. Even today, any song from that album immediately sends me straight to Thornfield.
I re-read the novel at least once a year, usually around the first snowfall of the year. Nothing sets the mood for the winter season for me quite like a crazy woman in the attic.
When did you realize you needed to write? And what was the first story you completed that you were really proud of?
I don’t think I “need” to write; I love to write, and that’s enough for me. Like many aspiring authors, I’ve always had a story brewing inside me, and it simply took the guts to sit down and put the story to paper to really become a writer.
The first story I completed that I was really proud of is probably a personal essay I wrote years ago about my experience with yoga (one class, many years ago – bending and twisting is so not for me). If I look hard enough, I could probably find the story online, but I’m a little afraid that going back and re-reading it will tarnish the memory of my first literary triumph. (I was so sure I was the next Dave Barry.)
Do you write things other than romantic fiction?
All day long. In my “real life,” I’m a freelance writer, so there are days when I am staring at my computer screen for more than eight hours in a row.
I think being a freelancer is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to writing romance. On the one hand, I am now a ridiculously fast typist and I’ve developed the writing habit (i.e., writing even when there are a million other things I’d rather be doing). On the other hand, there are only so many words inside my brain. After writing close to 6,000 words of content for someone else, it can be really, really hard to convince myself to churn out another 2,000 words for me.
When you aren’t writing, what sorts of activities do you engage in?
Reading, mostly — which is kind of a lame response, but the only other thing I could say is watching television. I hate cooking (though I do enjoy eating!), I’m not the least bit crafty, I’m much too lazy to participate in any regular sporting activity, and the only gardening I do is admiring this year’s crop of weeds in the backyard.
So, yeah. I like to read.
What is the worst job you ever held? Has it shown up in any of your writing?
I’ve had quite a few bad jobs, most of which have their origins in the customer service industry. The worst one, though, would have to be when I was a soccer referee when I was 14 and 15. The work itself wasn’t bad; I played soccer, so I knew what I was doing. But the pressure was too much. Trust me. You don’t know stress until you make a bad call and over a dozen irate soccer moms are quantifying your worth in terms that would make a grown man cry.
It has not yet appeared in my writing, but I blame that on Regency England. They just didn’t spend as much time at the soccer fields as they should have.