Author Feature – Interview with Whitney Morris

Today marks the start of my new series of author features. I will being giving over this space every Wednesday for the next few weeks to either introduce you to a author, an interview with a writer or a author guest post.

I decided to start this feature with an author interview with myself! If you ever have any questions you want to ask me just send them my way and I will put together another another post with all the answers. So here is my short interview with myself Whitney Morris.

  1. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes, but I haven’t always admitted it. It was one of those things I dreamed of as a child and did not think it was possible so wouldn’t say it out loud, as it was just a silly fantasy. Then one day my husband sat me down and asked what do you want to do? What is your dream job? I thought back to that dream of a young bookworm and finally said it out loud. I have always wanted to be a writer. He didn’t tell me it was a silly dream and said go for it, so I did.

2. Describe your writing space.

A chaotic mess. I can never find anything. The cat always sits in my chair or I have a child peering over my shoulder. I usually end up hiding in my bedroom to write.

3. What comes first, the plot or characters?

For me, the characters came first. Mellissa was the first character I came up with. She is a shy character that I felt like a younger version of me would have related to. I also had this idea of a shapeshifter hiding in our world as an animal. This idea developed into Gregory.I then had to get to know these characters. I found I liked the quirks of Mellissa’s character and the goodness of Gregory. I needed the two of them to meet and that how the plot started.

4. Tell more about the characters of Crystal Heart. Who is your favourite to write and why?

Mellissa is where the story started. She was the first character I came up with. I wanted to create a character that eighteen-year-old me would have related with. Which resulted in a socially awkward teenager, who is fully aware that she doesn’t fit in. What I like best about Mellissa is that she cares a lot but doesn’t always know how to express what she is feeling.

Gregory is a character that came into his own as the story developed. My original plan for him was completely different, but when I started writing him, he took on a life of his own. I fell in love with the new direction his character was taking, and he revealed to me that he was a much more complicated character than I had realised.

Another character you will be introduced to is Victoria. I love writing Victoria’s character. She starts off as your cookie-cutter mean girl, but there is so much more to her than that. She is a strong character and I love her confidence. Her harsh personality can be very fun to write.

Whitney Morris has had a passion for storytelling since she was young. With her nose constantly stuck in a book, she is raising four children to be fellow bookworms with her husband, in South Yorkshire. Whitney is a cat lover with black and white cat of her own, crazy about owls and addicted to chocolate. Crystal Heart is the first book in her fantasy series.

When eighteen-year-old Mellissa Hail meets the magical changeling Gregory, she discovers an ancient and enchanted world of leprechauns and elves.
Now she must come to terms with believing in magic and her destiny—that she is the chosen one to guard the Heart Crystal. But time is running out and the seal that guards the evil leprechaun Kadon is breaking. Can she save mankind in time?

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