Hi, Maria. First question.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Maria: I’ve always had a love for reading. I was bitten by the writing bug when I was in junior high and was chosen to be on the staff of our school newspaper.
I continued crafting stories and term papers during college, not giving much consideration to my professors’ comments to pursue a career in writing. At the time, my focus was on health, and I earned a degree in Corporate Wellness.
I left the corporate world years ago and once again turned to writing. It’s been a wonderful adventure that’s included: writing classes, critique groups, blogging, marketing, publishing, and wonderful friendships. I can’t wait to see what God has in store next!
What do you love about being a writer, and what do you like the least?
Maria: I love the creative flexibility. As a writer, I have the opportunity to share what matters to me most: the truth of God’s Word. Not only do I get to choose my topic, I’m also privileged to decide who my audience will be. Currently, I write children’s books and have recently released a Bible study for women.
Writing can be an isolating job! But the Lord has opened many doors to have contact with people; whether it’s teaching Bible studies or reading my children’s books at the local schools or Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I consider myself very blessed to do what I do!
How do you get your best ideas?
Maria: Great question! Ideas are usually born during conversations with others. What starts out as innocent banter can easily turn into the next storyline for my Louie the Lawnmower series.
Believe it or not, my pets and their antics are often a source of inspiration for my blog posts and devotional writing.
Do you blog? How often?
Maria: I began blogging over five years ago and would post three times a week. As I started writing for more blogs and publications, it dropped to two posts per week. And then once a week . . . I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for the past six months while finishing up my most recent books: Louie & the Leaf Pile; and Outrageously Fruitful.
I’m excited to announce I’ll be re-launching my blog (www.mariaimorgan.com) when the New Year rolls around. I also have a blog for my current children’s series (www.mariaimorgan.wix.com/louie-the-lawnmower). Drop in and visit.
What fun fact would you like your readers to know about you?
Maria: It’s a bit ironic – my degree is in health fitness with a minor in nutrition, but I have the biggest sweet tooth ever. It’s really tough for me to go an entire 24 hours without having something sweet. Desserts that include anything apple or chocolate are my favorite.
Thanks for hosting me today. It’s been a pleasure!
I’m glad you dropped by! I wish you much success with your books.
Society’s message is clear: live for yourself. God’s message is revolutionary: live for Him and others. This sounds radical, right? We all want love, joy, and peace to saturate our lives. But the Holy Spirit’s plan begs us to look beyond our own little world and see His bigger picture. So how do we win the battle against selfishness?
Outrageously Fruitful addresses this question and more. This 10-week study is made up of a series of brief daily lessons that encourage an honest look at current behavior and provide a biblical foundation to rekindle faith and put it into action.
Maria I. Morgan explores the characteristics the Spirit longs to cultivate within us. A fresh perspective is given of each characteristic, disarming some of today’s popular misconceptions:
*Love is a feeling
*Circumstances determine joy
*Absence of conflict is the key to peace
*Why be long suffering? Take the easy way out
*Meekness is the same thing as weakness
*Temperance is outdated: if it feels good do it
Let go and let God make your life outrageously fruitful!
Maria I. Morgan is an inspirational writer and speaker. She is the award-winning author of Louie’s BIG day! Regardless of the age of her audience, her goal is the same: to share God’s truth and make an eternal difference. She lives in the muggy South with her husband, two retrievers, and two Maine coon kitties ~ the perfect mix to fuel her creativity for years to come!
Louie & the Leaf Pile: