SHOW NOTES & TIME STAMPS
In this episode, we cover:
(00:24): Unveiling the Inspiration: A Q&A with Poet Morgana Shea
(00:51): Finding Inspiration: Writing Through the Lens of Parenthood and Faith
(00:55): Genre Exploration: Uncovering the Power of Diverse Literary Worlds
(00:58): Exploring the Dark Future: Unraveling the Dystopian Landscape
(00:59): Exploring Different Genres: Finding Writing Inspiration and Personal Favorites
(01:01): Exploring the Power of Hope: Unveiling the Influence of Inspiring Poetry
(01:04): Author's Aplenty: Unveiling the Impressive Literary Portfolio
(01:05): Finding Hope in Hopelessness: Unlocking the Power Within
(01:11): The Power of Perspective: Unlocking New Insights from Deep Dive with the Author
(01:13): Awakening to the Beauty of Everyday Life: Embracing Hope and Wonder
(01:26): The Perils of Penning: Unraveling the Toughest Writing Challenges
(01:29): Mastering Short Bursts: Writing a Book as a Busy Mom
(01:39): The Exciting Future Projects on Our Radar
(01:40): Unlocking Creativity: A Journey Through Poetry with a Hopeless Sequel and More
(01:46): Unleashing Your Inner Author: Tips for Aspiring Writers
(01:49): Navigating the Writing Journey: The Importance of Finding an Editor and Joining a Supportive Community
(01:53): The Joys of Authorship: Reveling in the Art of Writing
(01:55): Expressing Emotions through Words: The Cathartic Power of Writing
(01:57): Exploring the Challenges of Being an Author: Dissecting the Downsides
(02:00): The Challenges of Finding Dedicated Writing Time
(02:02): Strategies for Selling Books
(02:04): Building Stronger Communities: The Power of Local Support
(02:06): Uncovering the Best Locations for Adventure and Exploration
(02:07): Author Spotlight: Morgana Shea's Debut Book Signing at Converse Public Library!
(02:23): Book Fairs and Poetry: The Perfect Blend for Word Lovers
(02:57): Supporting Authors: Interviews and Book Launches
Welcome to Bookends, a podcast about the books, chapters, and pages of our lives and the writers behind the stories we love. Today we will get to know poet and debut author Morgana Shea. If you want to get in on the fun by doing an author interview, answer the questions you can find at writerkat.com. Now, on with the show!
Welcome back, bookworms!
I'm your host WriterKat. Today, I am doing a Q&A with Morgana Shea a poet who has lived in the Grant County and Miami County, Indiana area her whole life. She has a dog named Koda and a beloved cat named Spots. Writing poetry and gardening are her two main hobbies, so much so that they’re also what she invests in for work.
Welcome to Bookends, Morgana. What inspires you to write?
Thanks. My children and my faith inspire me to write.
What is your favorite genre to read?
What is your favorite genre to write?
Poetry, especially poetry that, inspires hope.
How many books have you written?
One. It is titled "Hopeless," which is a poetry chapbook about how we are not hopeless.
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
I hope readers feel refreshed and with a new sense of wonder. I hope they feel
rejuvenated and believe that their lives matter. I hope they have their eyes opened to the beauty in daily life and feel hopeful as they go about their day.
What is the most challenging part of writing?
Finding the time to do so. I’m a busy mom, and there really isn’t a quiet moment. I wrote my first book by diligently working on it in short bursts, 5 to 20 minutes a day, until I completed it.
What are you working on next?
My sequel to Hopeless as well as a couple of other poetry books that I hope to have traditionally published.
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Find a good editor and get involved in a supportive writing community.
What is one thing you love about being an author?
The cathartic nature of writing.
What do you dislike about being an author?
Not having enough alone time to write.
What has helped you sell the most books?
The support of a local community.
Where can we find you?
My first book signing is September 23, 2023, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Converse Public Library.
Thank you for sharing your writing journey with us, Morgana Shea. And thank you, listeners, for tuning in. If you love poetry, like I do, please check out Morgana's book! Hopeless by Morgana Shea
Before we move on to the news for poets and writers, I want to invite you to come meet me and a dozen other authors Thursday, September 21st through Sunday, September 24th, during the 2nd Annual Hoosier Indie Authors Book Fair. We will be at the Beaner Linn Park in Gas City, Indiana, from daylight to dark. Look for our Book banner behind Hontz Hall. Mention you heard about the event on the Bookends podcast to receive a free gift!
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Alright, bookworms, that’s it for today. Visit writerkat.com for links to all my writerly projects and social media. Until next time, keep reading, keep writing, and remember that every story has the power to change lives!
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That's a wrap for this episode of the Bookends Podcast. Thank you for listening! We hope you enjoyed getting to know Morgana Shea. Please subscribe so you don't miss any future episodes. We'll be back soon with more great conversations about books and authors. In the meantime, we hope you continue to enjoy those special moments between the bookends of your life.
Until next time, happy reading!
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