In our new author series, we’ll be offering a clairvoyant peek behind the veil of who and what makes up TRANSCENDENT. Here’s a glimpse at Kate Morgan and her story “Butterflies Eating the Dead.”
ABOUT THE STORY
What inspired your story?
A writer friend posted a photo of gorgeous monarch butterflies covering a piece of carrion. I’d never known butterflies ate carrion, and the dichotomy created the phrase in my head, “butterflies eat the dead.” I had to write a story for it.
Did you have to do any research? If so, what kind? What did you learn?
Not for this story, because in HS I read all fantasy, all the time. This time I turned it on its head.
Can you tell me a little bit about your protagonist?
She’s a 9-to-5 hourly worker who’s trying to pay the bills. She’s starved for color and light and beauty, so she writes bright, colorful fantasy novels. Be careful what you wish for.
What would you like readers to take away from your story?
Nightmares. Creepy, insidious nightmares of everything they know slipping away in driblets.
Which phrase are you most proud of in this story?
Her words became colors and lights. The children laughed and caught them and breathed them in.
If your story was front-page news, what would the headline be?
Writer Discovers New Way to Experience Words: Literally Breathe, Eat, Drink Story!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I finaled in an unpublished writer contest and spent a chunk of money to fly to the attached conference. I didn’t win, but one of the tracks taught us the Snowflake Method. I was a pantser before. Now, I use the parts of the Snowflake Method for every book. You can only pry my outline out of my cold, dead hands.
If you had to put your name on someone else’s book/story, which would it be and why?
This question makes me uncomfortable, because we all spend so much time, effort, and creativity on our books. If I must choose, it would be HP Lovecraft’s “The Colour Out of Space.” After innumerable readings, it still makes me afraid to look over my shoulder, just in case “something” might be behind me. Even in broad daylight.
When did you decide to take writing seriously?
About 2009. My kids were old enough not to need constant care and attention and I decided it was time to set the goal of publication. My first book was published in 2011.
If you could choose a single superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation. It takes so long to get anywhere and costs so much money. Instant travel would be wonderful.
Baker of brownies and tormenter of characters, Kate Morgan (Alice Loweecey) celebrates the anniversary of the day she Jumped the Wall with as much delight as her birthday. She grew up watching Hammer horror films and Scooby-Doo mysteries, which explains a whole lot. When she’s not inspiring nightmares (or creating trouble as herself for her sleuth Giulia Driscoll), she can be found growing and cooking her own fruits and vegetables.
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