Writer Wednesday! Welcome Gwen Morrison!!

Writer Wednesday at Musings Welcomes Author Gwen Morrison!!!

Gwen Morrison

Gwen Morrison is an amazing woman and writer, whom I am thrilled to have here today! I’ve stolen a bit of her bio from her blog to tell you a little more about her if you haven’t yet had the privilege of meeting her.

Gwen has worked as a freelance writer. Her work has graced the pages of publications such as Women’s Health and Fitness, Baby Years, Journaling, ADDitude, BHG.com, The Gwinnett Daily Post, Gwinnett Living, and many more online and print publications. Her first novel, Ivy: The Story of a Friendship published a few years back and is available now through Amazon

Gwen juggles all the hats that we do including (but I doubt ever limited to) a day job, four kids and a husband, PLUS she’s working on her second novel. Can you see me wiping my brow? What a busy lady! How does she do it? Let’s jump right in to the interview and see!

How do you manage it all? Home, family, friends, writing, blogging, and working? I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

I get up at 6 a.m. and I try to write for an hour, before I get ready for the day job. I work full time, have a home and a family, like many writers. In order to find time to writer, I have to make the time. It’s a choice. I can watch “The Real Housewives” or I can write.

Well, I’m certainly glad you make time to write! Please, tell me about your new novel Lost Things.

Lost Things is the story of a family. It’s the story of Francesca, a woman who escaped her mother’s alcoholic rages and silent retreats to build a new normal. But when her mother dies and Francesca returns home, she finds a list among her mother’s belongings. It’s a list that will transform her perception of the past and change the direction of her future.

That’s a really intriguing concept. How did you come to write this particular book?

The characters for this book have been hanging out in my head for about a year or more. Especially Tess. She has a story to tell, and I’m the one who’s going to tell it.

How soon will we be able to get our hands on that?

Well, I’m just in the first draft stage, but my goal is to be finished by April 19 (365 Days from the day I started). Then, once it’s ready to be “seen,” I plan on querying agents to help me find a home for it!

Fair enough. Still, you’re doing so much. What keeps you writing?

I enjoy creating characters. And I enjoy readers. I love it when someone reads a blog article or a scene from my book and connects with it. I’m a bit needy when it comes to adoration, I think. I am addicted to the stats on my WordPress blog – checking them every hour – and have a little party whenever someone makes a comment about a blog article.

Aside from writing Lost Things, you also have a history in writing. Your work has been published in many online and print publications.  How is that different from novel writing?

Writing feature articles is definitely different from novel writing, but it all comes down to writing. If you’re a writer, you write. Whether you’re doing research for a magazine article or doing research about a location in a novel, it’s all about taking a topic and creating something that will hold a reader’s interest, and hopefully, give them something they can take from it.

Do you have any words of wisdom or encouragement for writers hoping to see their names in print as well, whether by way of articles or on the cover of their own novel?

Write every single day. Even if you’re writing in a blog or a journal, and it’s just for you, write every day. If you’re trying to get into magazine writing, the best way to do that is to buy yourself a copy of The Writer’s Market and choose the markets you want to break into. Buy copies of those magazines. Read them front to back, and then (following guidelines per publication), query your idea to the editor. Regional magazines are a great place for new writers to start. And, never give up. A rejection letter is just proof “in writing,” that you’re a writer!

Tell us about your 365 Challenge.

After watching “Julie and Julia,” I was inspired. I had just started the rough outline of my novel, and found myself procrastinating away every evening, when I should have been writing. So, I put the challenge “in writing.” I created “A Novel Idea: 365 Days of Writing and on April 20, 2010, I blogged about my first “official” day of novel writing. I’ve written a blog every day since then – 106  days as of this writing – and have found that it keeps me accountable to writing every single day. My goal is to finish my novel in 365 days.

My other big project is Write by the Water where I co-host retreats for writers. We offer writing retreats four times a year, across the country, all by the water. Poets, non-fiction writers, novelist, short story writers – published and unpublished writers – are welcome! It’s a great place to connect with other writers, learn from a published author (attending retreat), and we also provide a venue for the writers to read their work in publish AND they are guaranteed publication in our annual Write by the Water anthology.

There’s an opportunity not to be missed!

Thank you so much Gwen for stopping by to share with us! I love your 365 challenge and I know it will inspire many others to do the same. What a fabulous idea!

Best of luck on Lost Things. The story sounds amazing and I’m certain that we’ll see that on shelves. I can’t wait to read it!

Get to know Gwen! She’ll be checking comments throughout the day, and don’t forget to visit her websites for more information about her books, retreats, and 365 challenge!

Thanks to everyone for coming by to meet and support a fellow woman writer!

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