Morgen La Civita and Margaret McClure are the talented authors of The Urban Manners Manifesto - A Practical Guide for A**holes. Today I share my exclusive author interview with Morgen and Margaret. The authors share how they began their writing journey and their goals for the future- enjoy!
Morgen is East Coast and grew up in Jersey City, NJ, lived in Queens, NY for a bit, went to a high school in Greenwich Village (after being unceremoniously expelled from two others which she would like you to know was totally not her fault), and then had to have speech therapy to lose the accent before beginning a career in voice-overs and singing because apparently, the letter “r” is a thing. She has three children and currently lives in Easton, Pennsylvania. Her hobbies include going to church (a.k.a the thrift store) vaping like there will be a vape prohibition any minute, and binge-watching depressing documentaries that pretty much make her want to put her head in an oven.
Mags was born in the heart of LA and has lived most of her life on the West Coast from Hollywood to San Diego. She has logged long hours in LA traffic. Shitty cars, overcrowded buses, trains, and smelly taxis are nothing new to her. She raised two girls as a single mom, singing demos by day while doing gigs with a rock band in dive bars at night. Trips to Mexico, dogs, surfing, and yoga are her favorite things nowadays but she is not opposed to alcohol in case you were wondering. In her lifetime she has gone from living in her car to extensive worldwide traveling. Most of her air travel experience has been in back middle seats but she does value personal space and she has used her miles to upgrade to first class more than once.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer? - (From Margaret) - "I’ve been writing songs since I was 7 years old and have always been interested in writing short stories." (From Morgen) - "Since I was a young child, I was an avid reader and loved to write. I have previously authored three books in the Romance genre."
Can you share your journey to becoming a published author? - (From Margaret) - "I’m a published songwriter and have had short non-fiction stories published on blogs. I get my material for songs from real life and the same goes for writing." (From Morgen) "I started with a NaNoWriMo challenge one year, and that project turned into a published book."
What do you find to be the biggest challenge, as an author? - (From Margaret) - "Telling the story in a way that is personal yet not too personal, so that people can relate."
(From Morgen) "For me, I think the biggest challenge is staying at it - even when I'm frustrated or blocked."
What do you find most rewarding, as an author? - (From Margaret) - "When you have the final product in your hands after all the work and editing. Knowing that you have created beauty from nothing!" (From Morgen) - "What Mags said".
Share with us a daily habit of yours, that helps you reach your goals. - (From Margaret) - "I write every day, and read others' work." (From Morgen) - "I always have coffee on and snacks nearby so I don't run out of steam too soon in the day. Also, I read others' work as well."
What is one piece of advice you would share with an aspiring author? - (From both Morgen and Mags)
Find a group of inspiring aspiring writers to support each other and grow with. Build your own camp!
I am most grateful for...Really good friends and family
If I could give my 18-year-old self one piece of advice it would be...Stop trying to please everyone.
My favorite thing about being a writer is...The sense of accomplishment when I've finished something.
My least favorite thing about being a writer is...Editing!
My goals for the future are...To grow my blog and work on more songwriting.
I love living a creative life because...It's good for your soul.
The last book I read was..."White Oleander" (for the 100th time!)
My favorite book, ever, is..."Madness" by Marya Hornbacher
Outside of writing, my favorite hobby is...Watching documentaries.
The most important thing to do if you want to achieve your goals is...Stop listening to other people's negative opinions.
A few more questions...
Tell us about your books (genre, where we can find them, etc.) Humor, non-fiction
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Where can readers find you (i.e. website, social media, etc.)?
Anything else you'd like to add... Be nice :)
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