“The Power of Positivity is Positively Powerful!” —Cynthia A. Morgain
Cynthia A. Morgan is an award-winning author; columnist for the national magazine Fresh Life Style, and a member of the Poetry Society of America and Artists for Peace. Creator of the mythical realm of Jyndari and author of the epic fantasy Dark Fey Trilogy, Morgan’s powerful story relates how the power of hope, acceptance and forgiveness can change the world, when positive action is taken to create change. The only way to achieve peace is to become peace.
Morgan is also the author of the popular blog Booknvolume where over 18K followers can explore Morgan’s own brand of poetry and English Sonnets, musings about life, personal recipes, photography, book reviews and more.
Upcoming projects include a fictional drama in Regency Period England; a foray into the lives of a young housemaid and an immortal archangel in French post-Armageddon earth; a non-fiction exploration of the supernatural/paranormal and beliefs around the world; and a return to the realms of Dark Fey in a prequel/sequel.
Some of her other interests includes a deep love for animals and the environment. She is passionate about music and theatre; is frequently heard laughing; and finds the mysteries of ancient times, spirituality, and the possibilities of life elsewhere in the cosmos intriguing. Morgan believes in the power of love, hope and forgiveness, all of which is reflected in her lyrically elegant writing style.
You can find Morgan through social media in the following places:
The Dark Fey Trilogy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CFD9CG
Blog / website: www.booknvolume.com
All Things Dark Fey Website: https://allthingsdarkfey.wixsite.com/feyandmusings
Amazon Author Page: Author.to/CAMorganAuthor
Publisher’s Author Page : https://www.creativia.org/cynthia-morgan-fantasy-author.html
Would you please introduce yourself to my readers and share something about your life.
I am Morgan. Well, Cynthia A. Morgan officially, but don’t let that confuse you, I’m Morgan. Nearly Morgan C. Morgan, actually. My father was Morgan O. Morgan, VIIII. It’s a family tradition to name the first born son of every other generation Morgan O. Morgan, but my parents only had two girls so, in honor of the family I very seriously considered changing my name. I’d already published three books by that time though so, I left it well alone. Other than being Welsh, as you probably can already tell, I love words! I live to write and, yes, write to live. I also love animals, nature, laughter, quiet, and positivity. I’m the author of an epic (YA) fantasy trilogy that incorporates many of these into its pages and shares a message of hope that is brutally beautiful (to quote a reviewer).
Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!
I am adventurous to a fault, so I’ve led a fairly interesting life. I’ve performed (sang) at the 1986 World’s Fair in Vancouver, British Columbia, which was a hoot though I remember very little other than how new the pavements were. I’ve been on a ghost hunt at Gettysburg, PA and experienced some amazing unexplainable phenomena, (but that’s an entirely separate post), and I’ve met Marilyn Manson, which was terrifyingly cool and laughably creepy all at the same time!
What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
I confess, I’m not much of a reader because I’m usually writing, but when I do open a book it’s usually classic literature. I love the way the masters, like Charles Dickens, Jane Austin, Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and even Beatrix Potter use the English language. I enjoy a challenging read, so I aim for books like Lord of the Flies by William Golding, which is a magnum opus as far as I’m concerned, or verbose poetry by William Blake, John Donne, and the creative whirlings of e e cummings.
What inspired you to write this book?
Dark Fey came to me initially as a vivid dream that I could not stop thinking about. As I thought about it, the story unfolded, until finally I sat down and wrote what is now chapter six in The Reviled. I met the main character, Gairynzvl, who began to tell me his story. Part of the inspiration for Dark Fey is the true life story and plight of child soldiers, particularly those who have been forced to fight in the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda. The LRA is a rebel militant group that has for over 20 years abducted children from their homes; forcing them to commit horrifying acts of violence against each other and their own people. These children suffer a very real Integration and, like the childfey of Jyndari, they endure violence and cruelty at the hands of truly sadistic overlords. This is how the Reviled came to life and became the horrifyingly cruel beings depicted in Dark Fey
What can we expect from you in the future?
My current WIP is a Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Romance. It tells the story of life after the first 3 Horsemen, Pestilence, War and Famine, have ridden. In the 4th Era after the Great Cataclysm, (roughly 400 years in the future) the final horseman, Death, is caged and waiting on the Archangel of Mercy to release him. Tzadkiel has been sent to earth in human form to find one human who still understands mercy. He has been given 100 years, after which Death must be released. With only 4 years remaining, he finds her; a servant named Lourdes, but they must escape the harsh dictatorship of the Eminent Protectorate and find a place of sanctuary before the appointed hundred years are spent and Death is freed from the abyss.
I am also working on a non-fiction exploration of what we believe through spirituality and religion, as well as a Regency Period Romance Drama, and a book (or ten) of poetry.
What book do you think everyone should read?
I’ll go back to Lord of the Flies by William Golding. I believe its message is as valuable and relevant today as it was when the book was publish, and always will be. I also think the use of symbolism, imagery and thematic characterization is a skill that is lost in much of contemporary writing.
Describe your writing style.
My style is quite visceral. Being an emotion-driven person, I tend to let readers know what my characters are thinking and feeling. I also love to write descriptions that draw readers into the setting and make them feel they are standing right there, experiencing the same sights, sounds, and sensations as the characters. It’s important to give readers a place to escape into, otherwise, why read? I’m also quite verbose and I love the challenge of writing with a superfluity of words.
What makes a good story?
Relatable characters, complex relationships, vivid settings, exciting circumstances, mysteries to explore, questions to answer, and unexpected happenings are what keep me turning pages. I think it’s the same for most readers.
Describe a day in your life as an author?
When I am fortunate enough to spend my day writing, I get into something cozy, pour myself a drink (nothing alcoholic mind you) and immerse myself in the story. I roam landscapes, speak out dialogs, consider emotions and reactions, and carefully interweave unexpected circumstances. Then I sit down at my laptop and write. And write and write. My record is 14 hours in a single day and over 7000 words. It was blissful….and exhausting. I’d love to do that more often!
Advice you would give new authors?
Don’t rush. Don’t rush yourself, your story, or your progress. All good things take time.
How long have you been writing?
I have been creating stories and poems since I was old enough to hold a crayon, so I guess I was born a writer, but until 2014 I had no idea how to take the step from hobbyist to published author. It was only when a friend took an invested interest in my story Dark Fey and helped me figure out how to turn my manuscript into a Kindle Direct Publishing-ready document that I could realize the dream. She even went so far as to hold a publishing party for me with my closest friends and family. (Thanks Jena!)
What is your writing process? For instance do you do an outline first? Do you do the chapters first?
I am a discovery writer in every sense of the word. I do not outline and I don’t pre-plot; I write what the story dictates. I know, that sounds perplexing, but typically I will only minimally think through the scene I’m about to write. I usually just start writing and the story tells itself. This does mean, however, that I will go back through the first half of the story when I reach the middle to revise, tighten-up, and tie together, and then the second half once completing it, and ultimately a final revision to make sure everything makes sense, but I really couldn’t write any other way.
Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
Most of my characters appear while I write. Just as people do in life, I come across them during situations or they introduce themselves when I least expect it. I allow them to tell me about themselves as quickly or as slowly as they choose. Some share much and others little, but I think that’s what keeps them interesting. It also keeps my options open as a writer.
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
I am Blessed and Thankful!
Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Dark Fey is filled with vibrant and relatable characters who struggle with some aspect of life just like we do. Ayla, the main female protagonist, is young and inexperienced, and often overwhelmed by her rare and unique gifts of empathy and telepathy. She is insecure and, like many teens, impulsive. Gairynzvl, the main male protagonist, has suffered abduction as a child and the neglect and cruelty of the Reviled. He is strong-willed and determined; he is the personification of hope. Other characters reflect other relatable traits:
The Temple Healer Veryth represents compassion. Mardan, Ayla’s companion and Gairynzvl’s rival is a complex individual whose passionate nature leads him to act first and think second. Evondair is the embodiment of Peace. Ilys is a young female Dark Fey who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which seems very reasonable given all she suffered at the hands of the Reviled. Rehstaed is a slightly older male fey who has lost all he’s ever loved, his wife and child, and cannot cope with the tragedy. Instead, he turns to wine to mask his pain and make life bearable.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Write of course. To Write; To Paint with Words as an Artist bedecks his canvas with hues and shades and layers of pigmentation; To Sing a Melody upon which the gaze may Linger and over which the Heart may Muse again and again: To Create visual Splendor with grammar and language that is, perhaps, fundamentally underutilized or neglected ( and to use Capitalization in the most maddening, although thoroughly explainable manner), to me, is the most Beguiling form of Intoxication in which I could ever take Pleasure and for Intrepid Readers to Undertake the Journey; to Brave the Frontier of Superfluous Verbosity and reach the shore with a Smile (though, perchance, also to some extent exhausted), is far more Rewarding an Endeavor than many others I may ever undertake.
Cynthia’s three book in the Dark Fey Series…
Awards that Cynthia A. Morgan accomplished for the Dark Fey series…
This will test their limits, and shake the foundations of everything The Fey of The Light have accepted as truth for thousands of years.
A tale of fear and hope, Standing in Shadows reaches deeper into the darkness but never entirely strays out of the light.
“Cynthia Morgan demonstrates a complete mastery of the dark fairy tale she has created, drawing us the reader into this second book in the world of The Fey. The feeling of authenticity is quite literally spellbinding… Never less than compelling and with a decided darkness throughout., Standing in Shadows is a book any Fantasy aficionado would relish”- Richard M. Ankers, author
“The series is going from strength to strength and I would definitely recommend this one to fey lovers.” – Brienne Dubh
“Simply brilliant” – Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite
“A tale of battle, redemption, and an empathetic look at one’s stance against “evil”, this book will appeal to fantasy fans who like a story that makes them think. Full of fanciful creatures, strange languages and exotic names, the story is a philosophical twist on the perennial tale of dark versus light.” – Book Review Directory Editorial Reviews
The Reviled are the enemy; merciless, untrustworthy. They embody brutality and devastation. The Fey of the Light have lived with these truths for millennia. Daring to think otherwise invites tragedy.
Gairynzvl was a Reviled Fey and lived the riotous life of all Dark Ones; yet now he is rescuing younglings from the darkness. The actions taken by him and his band of Liberators are fulfilling Ancient Prophecies and proving long-accepted beliefs to be inaccurate. Those who have lived in the Light all their lives, who enjoyed the luxuries of abundance, are suddenly faced with unavoidable questions.
How is Peace achieved? Can Light unite with Darkness? Will the Fey of the Light sacrifice everything to achieve that which seems impossible or will they turn their heads and ignore the shadows weeping all around them?
Winner of the 2018 Readers Favorite & Book Review Directory 5-Star Editorial Reviews
Praise for Breaking Into The Light:
“Dark Fey: Breaking Into Light is a richly visual, poignant story of love, forgiveness, and acceptance. ..It’s an action-packed, yet beautiful tale of the importance of listening to understand how the other person’s experiences have shaped their perspective and putting yourself in that same situation.” – J Hughes