IndieView with Morgan Routh, author of Sarah

Anyone who likes to buckle down and seriously get into books. Most of the storytelling aspects come from a more subconscious part of me. Do you have a target reader? I think the way I consume writers has a lot to do with that. When I wrote Sarah I certainly had in mind that introverts hate in art and media when people depict a grown introvert equals an extrovert. This cover is by a wonderful graphic artist named Tsvety Genova. I’m so excited that she’s out there now. What came easily? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? I sit down and bang on the keyboard. Crushing anxiety, introversion, fear of the unknown. When did you start writing the book? We all know how important it is for writers to read. I am winging it! Sarah has such a creative imagination, and she projects onto the animals that she cares for. Sarah though, she’s such a sweetheart. Please sign up for my mailing list so that you don’t miss the next one! I certainly had a spring in my fingertips when I wrote it. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? Three and a half years. The key is that I keep the sugar and bad sleep for the weekends. I love George Orwell. Sarah learns to stand her ground and be the person she wants to be.  
Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) One of my neighbors flagged me down on a dog walk and started asking about the chess game in chapter three, it was so weird to have someone casually talk about Sarah the way I think about her. I appreciate the full responsibility and autonomy of my writing abilities. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? It’s fantastic. The depth of these new, primal feelings yank her around. And it’s difficult. I got a few “Oh honey, you write that kind of romance?” I could just see little shivers going up their spines. When she finds someone – Toni – she fights with everything she has to make their love happen. She blended a sexier side of Sarah with nightclub elements in the novel. Sarah is the first novel of a long series. People say they have trouble skimming or skipping around in my books because they are worried they’ll miss something. This book is complex and beautiful, and when you read it you will live in that passion that envelops Sarah. Even those who don’t read the genres I work in say that they can empathize well with characters like Sarah and Toni. Sarah must rise, she must gain control of herself to be a worthy lover. And the sequel (Toni’s side) is also writing itself. That is until Toni, a gorgeous woman, crashes into her life. The humor for sure. I spend my mornings climbing this pretty mountain by my house, and I tell my dad stories to pass the time. I have definitely sponged up a great deal of their anxieties through the years. The writing is professional and artistically meaningful, and I’m very territorial when it comes to developing my work. Letters, early books, articles, short stories. Sarah is alone in her choices, and it is her life that has become the menagerie. Funny story, on the first day I went out and circulated the book to all my friends and family, AND the entire neighborhood. And I think that rounded view helps me shape the realism in my own characters. Suddenly Sarah is swept into a fashionable and chaotic world, tormented by the call of her old ways and the temptation of the passionate new. She doesn’t need loud validation to experience it either. She’s as real to me as anyone else. Everything is brighter when I take care of my body and my mental health, things make sense – logic, style, scene atmosphere. It’s like meeting a new friend and putting together a puzzle at the same time. My first novel, Moogie Covenant, just tore me up. It’s a difficult road. This book takes many deep, dramatic turns, but it also bounces right back up into feathery, goofy fun. When the books come out my editor is my audience, I hyper-listen to how they react to it, what they want. Every detail has a payoff. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? She’s come alive! Sarah started there, and I couldn’t let her go. Weekdays I wake myself up early and get some exercise and sun, and then I have this really great clarity in my head for writing. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Nope. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Everything is brighter when I take care of my body and my mental health, things make sense – logic, style, scene atmosphere. All of my info is at MorganRouth.com
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Get your copy of   Sarah from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Write what makes you happy. How long did it take you to write it? No I did not. I do outline. I also dabbled in English history, rhetorical grammar, and I’ve read Chaucer in Middle English. I manage everything myself so that I work directly with my readers. My fictional tale started with “There’s this girl, and she’s a friend of mine. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? I’ve read my texts many times, continually going back and sneaking in new hints for the middle and later parts of the book and sequels. I’ve read everything he’s ever written. Pain and ecstasy she’s never felt before. It’s youthful, it’s a fresh style and has the lightness of contemporary writing, but it also had a deep richness beneath. Did you hire a professional editor? Many people have said that they know my characters like real, unique people. She also has this colorful life around her. In college I had a strong social and forensic linguistics background. But I have also seen the quiet complexity that hints behind their seemingly muted personas. Where did you get the idea from? This series, Present Intimacy, is for everyone who likes romance and good relationship stories. You’re in for a fantastic ride. I was surprised to discover just how excited many of the older neighbors were to read my romance. About You
What would you like readers to know about you? They are the ones that matter, and I make edits when they need me to. Her deep passion at the zoo, loveable friends and co-workers, a suffocatingly loving and conservative mother. Every word has meaning. Morgan Routh – 29 June 2018
The Back Flap
In a beautiful city, a sweet girl named Sarah works part-time at the zoo. All advice and guidance are welcome! Should she turn her back on the safety and emotional security of what she knows? I do both. I need dead silence and pure darkness to write. She’s a fiery redhead in Russia. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I leave room for tangents that I wander off to. Do you listen to music while you write? She’s been on my mind every day. The words practically wrote themselves. Sarah is such a sweet girl, someone who yearns for real companionship. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Everything was exactly the way she likes it, simple, unadorned. She lived in steady happiness. I have always wanted to work independently. She loves her job at the zoo, but she’s got these love problems — stuff that she can’t admit to anyone, not her friends, not her mom, sometimes not even to herself.”
Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Write what you are passionate about, and don’t let the naysayers knock you off your track. Everything must feel essential to the reader. I started in 2015. I am acquainted with English in a deep way, and it gives me a certain vision for editing that most self-published authors don’t have. No! If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Almost all of my friends are a motley crew of introverts. Everything around her is so lively and imaginative at the zoo. I’m not one to self-indulgently keep an element here or there because it was shiny or I had fun writing it. Sometimes I skip around, building up this pile to sift through once I get to future parts of the story. I have my trusty Great Dane snoozing at my feet. It has never been a question. The answer to introversion is not extroversion, but a better sense of control. Start to finish I already have the story in my head. About the book
What is the book about? Do you outline? Weekdays I wake myself up early and get some exercise and sun, and then I have this really great clarity in my head for writing. If so can you please describe it? My other writings have always been a struggle against silence. He used to be a professional book reviewer, long before he was a fulltime novelist. Charge recklessly into the arms of this high stakes love? I like to sit down and get to know an author’s full bibliography and their natural rhetoric style. But every reader is going to get my best, and I care for my readers and the community around the art in ways that most writers and publishing houses cannot. Yes.