I LOVE discovering NEW authors . . . especially when they write a similar genre!
If you haven’t checked out Tainted by Morgan L. Busse yet . . . you should!
I have the privilege of interviewing Morgan – and on release day! How exciting!
First . . . a bit about the book:
What Happens When Your Soul Dies?
Kat Bloodmayne is one of the first women chosen to attend the Tower Academy of Sciences. But she carries a secret: she can twist the natural laws of life. She has no idea where this ability came from, only that every time she loses control and unleashes this power, it kills a part of her soul. If she doesn’t find a cure soon, her soul will die and she will become something else entirely.
After a devastating personal loss, Stephen Grey leaves the World City Police Force to become a bounty hunter. He believes in justice and will stop at nothing to ensure criminals are caught and locked up. However, when Kat Bloodmayne shows up in his office seeking his help, his world is turned upside down.
Together they search World City and beyond for a doctor who can cure Kat. But what they discover on the way goes beyond science and into the dark sphere of magic.
Book one of The Soul Chronicles series.
Now . . . for my chat with Morgan:
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1) There appear to be similar themes in your first series and Tainted – souls, supernatural abilities, redemption – but also vast differences. Did you keep the same general themes on purpose or is it something that happens to come out in every book you write?
I don’t really plan out any themes when I write my books, they just appear as I write the story. One thing that I am constantly aware of is how broken our world—and our souls—are. I think that’s why that theme continues to show up in my books. I feel the pain and darkness in this world, and I have felt the hope and light that God brings. No matter how much we try to heal ourselves, we can’t, only God can. And so I writes stories about our brokenness and God’s healing.
2) Is Steampunk a long-standing passion of yours or something fairly new that you’ve discovered?
I’ve always been a fantasy lover, so in some ways, Steampunk is new for me. When I first started brainstorming Tainted, it was going to be a fantasy until I discovered Steampunk and realized how much better this story could be told in that kind of world: a world filled with discovery, science, and technology with a Victorian background. I can now say Steampunk is a passion of mine.
3) When you started writing Tainted, did you know it was going to have a Steampunk theme – or did that come out as you wrote?
Like I said above, Tainted was originally going to be a fantasy. Then the story world started to change. Because of the issues I deal with in Tainted— issues such as crossing lines that shouldn’t be crossed and what happens when man tries to be like God—a setting with more science and technology would tell the story better.
4) I know I’m not the only one who wants to know. Is this new series going to be a trilogy?
Actually, the Soul Chronicles is going to be a duology. That’s good for readers because that means they won’t have to wait as long to read the ending. In some ways, this series is a loose retelling of Frankenstein and I’m not sure how drawn out I could have made this story. Two books seemed like an appropriate length.
5) There are a lot of differences in the covers for your first series and the cover for Tainted (which is stunning by the way). Could you share with us a bit about the cover design experience from your side of the table? How involved were you in the decision of designer/ artwork/ etc… Do you love the cover as much as we do?
Each series is different. My first books underwent a complete cover change when Steve Laube bought Marcher Lord Press (now Enclave Publishing), mainly so all the covers would match. I didn’t have much input into the art, but I was able to look at the artist’s previous work and see if I liked it (which I did). Tainted was created by Kirk DouPonce. He read the rough draft (poor guy!) and created a cover that revealed the mood for Tainted. I love the cover and can’t wait to see what he does with Awakened, the second book in The Soul Chronicles.
6) Many authors end up publishing the third or fourth or tenth novel they wrote – first – and then later, they go back and get to publish one of their earlier novels. Is Tainted a brand new novel for you? Or is it possibly one of those that was skipped over on your road to publishing . . . that you now get to bring out of a drawer and present to your readers?
The only book I never published is the one I wrote in third grade about a superhero squirrel complete with illustrations by yours truly. *grin*
Each of my books is brand new novel for me, starting with my debut novel Daughter of Light. However, unlike Daughter of Light (which took me 6 years to write and went through numerous rewrites), by the time I wrote Tainted, I finally had some writing skills under my belt and only took a year (yeah, I’m a slow writer).
As far as that squirrel novel, that one will never see the light of day!
And, or course . . . a bit about the author:
Morgan L. Busse writes fantasy and steampunk for the adult market. She is the author of the Follower of the Word series, including Daughter of Light, Christy and Carol Award finalist. Morgan lives on the West Coast with her husband and four children. You can find out more about Morgan at www.morganlbusse.com
Be sure to check out Morgan’s social media too!
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorganLBusse (@MorganLBusse)
THANK YOU Morgan, for joining us today for this special interview!
HAPPY RELEASE DAY!