Debut Author: Robin Leigh Morgan

From Christina: Robin stopped by my author page one day and left a comment. I replied, we chatted back and forth, and she told me about her debut YA novel, I Kissed a Ghost. I loved the title, and I invited Robin to share a few thoughts about her experiences as an author.  Enjoy!

CHANGING GENRES

By Robin Leigh Morgan

Some of us who have chosen to write fiction come from a variety of places. And by “a variety of places,” I’m not referring to a physical location; I’m referring to our writing experiences.

There are some of us who have enjoyed writing since we were children, and each year, by writing something in school, it improved. For some of us, it continued until we graduated college and began working. Some of us entered the work force taking jobs, which required us to write, whether it was procedures, handbooks/manuals, or news stories. But all of these are non-fiction, and each one has a set of “rules” that need to be followed to write something well enough to be acceptable.

As for myself, while my regular job did not require me to write, for eleven years I wrote articles [commentaries/viewpoints] of what was happening in my community and my feelings about it. When I started to write these items, my writing skills were not honed. I didn’t have my ideas organized in a tight manner, although my writing had been informative. By the time I’d written my last item, I’d become quite adept at it.

When I started to write fiction, I somehow drifted to writing a contemporary romance story with a paranormal element running through the storyline, but after almost 9 years I still hadn’t completed it. That is, until someone suggested I should write for a much younger audience, which is what I did, culminating in my first YA Paranormal/Time Travel/First Kiss romance novel entitled I Kissed a Ghost.

Anyway, making the transition from non-fiction to fiction, I’ve had to learn a new set of rules on how to write. Most of these involved dialogue, showing not telling, where before I just told. I now had to learn about the use of tags. I had to learn not to be overly descriptive of something, but allow my reader to create the image for themselves in their minds.

In the beginning I found it hard to break my old writing habits. Now I’m finding myself with these habits essentially gone. The biggest issue I still have and am trying to get a good handle on, is POV [Point of View]. Regardless of what’s happening or being said it has to be in one character’s perspective, and you can’t flip-flop between two characters within a scene. There needs to be a transition from one character to another.

All these things have helped me mold myself into the author I am today. I’ve also learned there are additional rules within a genre, depending on the sub-genre you’ve decided to write in. These rules apply to the dialogue spoken, which needs to be true to the time period you’re writing in, as well as how your characters are dressed, and their titles, if any, as is the case with the Regencies sub-genre of romance novels.

So as you can see, writing is not merely a string of words you put together. There are rules that need to be followed if you’re to be well received by your readers.

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Robin Leigh Morgan is a retired NYC civil servant who has been married for 19 years with no children. After finishing her YA novel, she’s now turned her writing talents to contemporary romance. You can find her at her blog, My Writing Journey,  on  Facebook , Twitter, and at Goodreads. She loves hearing from readers and sharing snippets of her writing. Her debut novel, I Kissed a Ghost, is available at Amazon.
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12 thoughts on “Debut Author: Robin Leigh Morgan

  1. Hi Christina
    THANKS for having me here. I truly appreciate being given the opportunity to share my journey with your readers.
    UPDATES =
    Now married for 20 years – anniversary occurred last month. 🙂
    I also love writing Flash Fiction has can be seen if you visit my blog.
    Five of the Flash Fictions I’ve written are going to be in an anthology of short stories involving HIV/AIDS [I tweaked them a little so they’d be more appropriate for its theme.]

  2. I always find it interesting to see how other authors moved into writing and what challenges they faced along the way. I’m one of those who started doing it in grade school, but even now, after all these years of writing almost daily, I’m still learning and polishing my skills. Very nice to meet you, Robin. What a cute title for a YA story!

    • THANKS Mae – The feeling is mutual, I came up with the title by continuously summarizing what the story is about until I wound up with the title. SPOILER = The last four words of the book is the title of the book. Have a GREAT WEEK !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • You’re quite welcomed Linda. Knowledge/experience is nothing unless it’s shared. Writing my adult Contemporary romance novel is far easier this time around than the first due to the knowledge I gained writing “I Kissed a Ghost.”

  3. It was interesting to learn about Robin’s writing history and how she came to write in the YA genre. There are lots of rules and things to pay attention to when writing. I am constantly learning! Best of luck to Robin. 🙂

    • Hi Jess

      You’re quite welcomed. I’m glad you liked reading about my transition. Since submitting this guest blog post, it has been re-written/re-edited and I’ve added the following:

      I’m now in the midst of writing my second romance novel, an adult Contemporary romance with a paranormal element running through parts of the storyline, with a working title of “His Darkest Secret.”

      I’m also writing Flash Fictions, the vast majority of which are done using the prompt word given by Lillie McFerrin on her Five Sentence Fiction each week, and everyone’s is invited to check out my endeavors in the Five Sentence Fiction category on my blog site and leave your comments. I’d love to read them.

      In addition, five of these Flash Fictions that I’ve written, with a little tweaking, are now scheduled to be published in an anthology of short stories involving HIV/AIDS as its theme.

      Have a GREAT WEEK !!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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