Author Interview: Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth Morris

We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.*

I’m currently working on my third book in the “Blood of the Beast” series. The third installment is titled “Return of the Ambush” and it is a fantasy book continuing the story of Kira, Ethan, Noah, Chase and many more characters who come along.

In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

*My first book which is currently out on Amazon and B&N is called “Tiger’s Blood” and is about a world called Bitotem full of half-animal half-human shapeshifters called Bloods. A young girl named Kira discovers early on she is the rare White Tiger Blood and goes on a quest to kill the treacherous Lion Blood King. Andrew Kingsley murdered all of the remaining Tiger Bloods left on Bitotem. On her journey, Kira meets some Bloods who help her along the way. Noah, a kind-hearted Wolf Blood, Chase a clever Eagle Blood and Ethan a rebellious Lion Blood. Will Kira succeed in killing the king? My second book which is also out on Amazon and B&N is called “Rise of the Rebels” and is the sequel to “Tiger’s Blood.” After a tragic event, a new king takes over the Lion Blood Kingdom and is seeking revenge against the group of rebels; Chase, Ethan, Noah and Kira as their leader. The rebels have been on their own, when they meet a pair of mysterious Bloods. When one of the rebels is kidnapped, its up to the rest of the Bloods to save them. Will these new Bloods be friends or foes?

As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)*

Editing for sure. Writing the book down with your ideas is the easy part but editing… oh boy. I can’t stand editing but it has to get done. Editing is the crucial part of publishing a book and you want to make your book as perfect as it can be (because no book is perfect).

Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

Dialogue is my favorite part of writing and always has me laughing or grinning. I’ve actually read my dialogue out loud for some of my peers and loved ones to hear and they adore it. The hardest part of dialogue is making it believable on what the characters are saying. Once you get that down, you’ll have killer dialogue.

If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)*

I would steal George R.R. Martin’s character development because he knows how to make his characters change and grow. One minute you’re hating Theon Greyjoy because he took over Winterfell, and the next minute you’re feeling bad for “Reek” because of Ramsay Bolton’s torture. I admire Martin’s ability to really make a character horrible and I strive to be that type of writer.

Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

Oooh good question. I would say to my main character (Kira) that everything happens for a reason and there are silver linings ahead of her. She may be miserable now, but things will come together in the end.

You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

Okay, so me, Kira, Ethan, Chase, Noah and the character of the book I am reading (Elara) are all playing poker. I think Chase would win because he’s the clever one and would probably be able to read everyone’s “poker face”

Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)*

Characters first, World Building second. When it comes to first drafts, lets face is no one is perfect. What I do to try and avoid traps or blocks are focus on what the characters are doing, and get them to where they need to be first. Then, world building comes second when you are editing your draft. You can write simple on your first draft then add in all the flowery language and details later. That’s how I get through my writing.

Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

I am on chapter 7 of my third book and I can’t wait to finish this novel! I think it’s going to be my best work yet.