Introducing Author K.R. Morrison

Posted on February 11, 2013. Filed under: Author Interviews, L.Leander Reviews and Interviews | Tags: , , , , , , |

DSC02259 It’s a new week and I have another very interesting author to introduce to you.  Please help me make welcome Kathy Ree, author of  Be Not Afraid.  You can read my review of the book here.  Oh, and before I forget – Ms. Morrison is giving away a signed copy of her book to one lucky commenter, so don’t miss out!

Interview with K.R. Morrison by L.Leander

What is your favorite pastime (other than writing)? (you can only pick one) and why?

Depends on the time of year.  Warmer weather will find me walking—a lot.  I have three half-marathons I participate in, ranging from May to June.  I also do 10k events when I can—about three a summer.  In August, I spend two days in a van with six other people in the walking part of the Portland-to-Coast, a 130-mile relay event.  I also garden and quilt.

Who are you as a writer?

That’s somewhat of an obscure question, but I’ll answer it the best I can.  I am a writer with a message, and I hope that my readers will understand what I am trying to convey.

What are your thoughts on the Indie Publishing movement?

I’m all for independent thought and ambition.

Have you ever ghostwritten?  Would you?  Why?

I have not.  It’s not a subject that has ever come up, so I don’t know if I would or not.  Depends on who and what.

What is your favorite book of all time?  Why? 

“A Child’s Garden of Verses” by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I generally run on a different plane from poetry, but his work has always struck a chord in my heart.  He was a sickly child, and his poetry reflects that in many ways.  I just feel so…loved…when I read it.

Do you believe writers need a degree to be successful?  Why or why not?

Interesting question.  No, absolutely not.  A surgeon needs one, yes.  But anyone can write.  It’s the last bastion of independence for those of us who like to put our thoughts down on paper—and maybe make some profits from them.

You are camping in a tent in the woods.  A loud roar happens outside the flap to the tent.  What do you do?

Go out and beat it to death, of course.

What is your greatest asset?  Why?

I’ve always been told that I write well.  People enjoy my writing.  I’ve only had one negative-ish review for my book, and that from someone who just didn’t get what I was doing.  I recently set up an editing page (Every Crooked Nanny Editing), and I’ve had one job so far.  I have an obsession for correct grammar, although when I do posts on Facebook, I write the way I talk.  I love to help others prep their work so that it looks sterling for publishers.

What do you treasure most on earth?

My faith in God.  Secondly, my family and friends.  Couldn’t get anywhere without either.

What did you like to do as a child?  Favorite games, pasttimes, friends, etc.

We played outside a lot.  I really just liked running around the neighborhood with my friends, pulling a wagon full of buddies or pushing someone up the street on an old engineless power mower.  My sister and I could spend an entire day just doing that—or hide and seek, Red Rover, freeze tag…those were the days!

What is the single-most important thing that has happened to you thus far on your writing journey?

I’d say it would be getting to know other authors.  I am so appreciative of the support and friendship others have shown.  I look forward to meeting more as time goes on.

How important is being successful as a writer to you?

I suppose it depends on how you define “success”.  Financially—that would be tremendous.  We have a mortgage and two college tuitions to pay off.  Getting the Message to others is more important, which is why I don’t mind giving my book away.  But I also deem the support and encouragement I can give others through my book reviews/author interviews as right up at the top.

The genie is going to grant you three wishes.  What are they?

1.  Three more wishes—ha!  2.  Free beer of my choosing for the rest of my life, no limits.  3.   Being able to go anywhere in the world any time I want.  With a son going off to live in Brasil for two years, guess where I would choose.

You get one day to spend any way you want with whomever you want.  Describe the day (money is no object)

Right now—ComicCon in San Diego.   I would go with my sister-in-law, Julie, and we would be able to go backstage and meet all of the celebrities who show up.  I am so wanting to go to that this year!  Or the Dark Shadows convention, and meet up with the stars from the recent movie.  Especially Johnny Depp and Eva Green.  Both such wonderful actors.  Eva was a very believable Angelique.

Who or what were your main inspirations for choosing a writing career?

I wonder how many authors will agree with this statement:  I didn’t choose to write—the muse chose me.  I can’t answer for anyone else, but for me it wasn’t really a choice.

One night in April a couple of years ago, I had a nightmare.  In it, I was attacked by a vampire.  It was one of the type where all of my senses were involved; I could feel the tug of my blood being pulled out, and my veins collapsing.  It was very horrifying.

But when I woke¸ the nightmare never went away.  Instead, I fell back into a semi-sleep, where I dreamed another part of the story.  And when I woke fully, the dream never went away.  Instead, it cycled over and over throughout my waking hours, getting longer and more detailed every time.  When it got to the point where the story was over an hour long, I finally started committing it to paper.  The weird thing is, once I started writing, the part I’d written left my mind.

I sent the manuscript off to various people to beta-read, and I got a lot of good feedback.  I was asked when I was going to do a sequel, and that has now been done.   Actually, a prequel and a sequel, since the book got so big.  I hope to have them published/launched in the spring, once I have, a) a publisher, and b) the cover illustrations.  My daughter and my cousin are furnishing those.  My daughter drew the front cover for my first book.


K.R. Morrison is the pen name for Kathy Ree, who has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 22 years.  She came here from California, after the Loma Prieta earthquake caused her to rethink her stance on “never moving again”.  At her first sight of Oregon, she never looked back.

She wrote her first book, “Be Not Afraid”, after a nightmare she experienced would not leave her mind, even when awake.  Before this book, she had not written much of anything, outside of the annual Christmas letter.

A prequel to the first book, “Unholy Trinity”, and a sequel, “Resurgence:  The Rise of Judas”, have just been finished, and hopefully will see publication soon.  “Enoch’s Return”, the fourth book in the series, is just beginning to be written.

She has recently started doing book reviews and beta-reads/critiques.  Having put a toe into the world of editing, she finds she really enjoys it, and might make a business out of helping others polish their manuscripts.

When not writing or working, she quilts or works in the garden.

She lives with her husband of 26 years and a monster-sized cat, and is occasionally visited by her kids.

Thanks for stopping for this chat.  Readers, leave K.R. a comment and let her know your thoughts.  If you’d like to know where to find this author and her books here are some links.

K.R. Morrison Book Links:

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K.R. Morrison Links:!/pages/Every-Crooked-Nanny-Editing/587888887903846

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