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Today we're chatting with author Barbara Morgenroth about her novel PASS OR FAIL. Barbara was born in New York City and but now lives somewhere else. Starting her career by writing tweens and YA books, she wound up in television writing soap operas for some years. Barbara then wrote a couple cookbooks and a nonfiction book on knitting. She returned to fiction and wrote romantic comedies.When digital publishing became a possibility, Barbara leaped at the opportunity and has never looked back. In addition to the 15 traditionally published books she wrote, in digital format Barbara has something to appeal to almost every reader from Mature YAs like the Bad Apple series and the Flash series, to contemporary romances like Love in the Air published by Amazon/Montlake, and Unspeakably Desirable, Nothing Serious and Almost Breathing.
Welcome to We Do Write, Barbara. Tell us a bit about yourself.
Thank you for inviting me to your blog, Dorothy.
I live in a rural area with a large river running through it. There's wildlife but I don't live a wild life.
How long have you been writing?
My entire adult life. I've never had a job outside of writing, which is great
but I suppose for research I should have worked in a real estate office or maybe a toy shop so I could play with the radiometers.
Tell us about PASS OR FAIL. What’s the story about?
The book is about what we want and how far we'll go to get what we desire.
Evan Augustine is in high school and plays in a local rock band. His young English teacher believes they are soulmates from a past life and will do anything to be reunited
with him in this one. He doesn't want any part of her but she is the type of person who won't take no for an answer.
Interesting premise. How did the idea of the story come to you?
I heard a rumor.
Do you have a critique group/partner or beta readers, or do you self-edit?
I've been at this quite for a while now and edited as part of my job when I worked in television, so I self-edit very happily.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I know in general where I'm going but if I plotted and outlined first, all excitement for the
story would be lost for me.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Promotion. Scientific studies have determined that finding ways to increase awareness for your book employs a different part of your brain than writing the book. Trying to switch between the two makes my brain grumpy.
I heard chocolate works for that. ;) What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
These soft candies from Indonesia called Ginger/Mango Chews.
Mmm, sounds yummy! If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Remembering why I came into the room. That and being able to find things I
misplaced and are now buried under a stack of books, papers, yarn and beads.
LOL, been there! What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
How long did it take to mummify a body in ancient Egypt.
Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: passed, literally, and realization.
When Evan passed the English test, he literally could not believe it and soon came to the realization that Mrs. Grey would expect something for the high mark he had just received.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
holding my camera looking for the next photo to take.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
Thank you Megan McDade for taking her time and energy to arrange this tour.
And finally, where can people find you and your book online?
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to your visitors, Dorothy,
and best of luck with your book.
Thanks so much! Best of luck with your book too!