Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Joanna S. Morris!
JoAnna S. Morris was born in sunny California and raised, worlds apart, in good ol’ Oklahoma, USA.
She’s been absorbed in words since she can remember. From journal entries to the hundreds of screenplays- mostly of the horror variety- somewhere in her mother’s storage, she’s been writing since she could hold a pen.
With encouragement from her family, she decided to take the plunge and pursue the dream that’s always haunted her.
Some of her favorite things include her family, Brad Pitt, movies, Justin Timberlake, reading, writing, laughing until her sides ache, painting and Channing Tatum.
Without further ado, here’s Joanna’s interview…
I love reading the bios of authors. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Have you always wanted to be a writer? Absolutely! I can honestly say that in one way, shape, or form I have always wanted to be a writer. It wasn’t until recent years that I allowed myself the courage to believe that I could be. Self-doubt can be a very powerful villain.
Why did you choose to write your genre? The genre of my debut novel is a YA Dystopian Fantasy because, quite simply, that’s what I enjoy to read. I do have a couple of projects planned that are in different genres and I’m really excited about it.
So, what are you currently working on? Currently I am gearing up for the October release of my second novel, Silence Among Stars, and working away on book 3 in the series. I’ve also got 2 novellas in the works.
What is the strangest subject or topic you’ve ever written? The strangest subject that I have ever written about would have to be a paper I did in high school that chronicled the life span of a female clown vs a male clown. Yep- that was…interesting.
What motivated the plots of the books you’ve written? It was an idea that I had been plotting for a while. I actually had 2 different ways to go so I turned to the teenage expert in my house, my 17 year old daughter, and she picked the plot line that appealed the most to her and it blossomed from there. [Who knew the teenagers in our own home would end up being a major blessing instead of…..okay, this mom won’t go there.]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I’m a plant- A plotter and a pantser. [I like this…a plant. Okay, what plant am I?]
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? For anyone [who] has read my book they know that I have a lot of characters- sometimes it’s a blessing, sometimes it’s a curse. It’s cliché, but it really is hard to choose a favorite, they are all my babies and a part of me in one way or another.
So, with that said do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think they all do. When I write, I pour my heart out onto the pages so it’s hard not to bleed little pieces of me into each character.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes. I just have to take a break and clear my head. [Sometimes it’s those simple things that help us get through difficulty.]
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? I have a couple of projects planned in different genres – YA Contemporary and Romance Mystery. I want to see what I’m capable of.
Which authors inspire you? Without getting emotional- Denise Grover Swank, Alice Hoffman, Jodi Piccoult, Veronica Roth, Kristin Hannah and John Green. Just to name a few.
What novel would you read multiple times? I have a couple favorites that I can always fall back on, but my TBR list is so long that I haven’t gotten to reread a book for years.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? There are many that I could list here that would impact me in one way or another, but I will go with William Shakespeare. I’d love to pick his brain for a bit. Honorable mentions (In case you were wondering) River Phoenix, Jonathan Brandis, Heath Ledger and Robin Williams.
What is your favorite quote? “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” (Marilyn Monroe)
What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Puppies!
What is your favorite color? Red and blue.
When you’re not writing….I also work in a doctor’s office. One day I hope to be a full-time writer.
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This was a lot of fun!
Thank you so much for being a part of my Center Stage Moment! Join me next week as I feature author Andi O’Connor.