Please tell us a little about yourself.
Well, I was born in Fort Worth and raised in Burleson, Texas. I now reside in sunny Central Florida in a small town called Auburndale. By day, as my secret identity, I’m a software engineer by trade. By night, I’m author Julie Morgan. I love writing and love bringing new worlds and characters to life!
How and when did you become a writer?
Honestly I’ve written things as far back as I can remember. I used to write poetry and attempt to sing it to my grandparents. It wasn’t very good, but they always smiled and told me it was amazing. When I was in 5th grade, we had a writing project to write a book about your family. I believe this may have been my first calling, but as they say, I didn’t listen. It wasn’t until 13 years ago I wrote my first full length novel, but never did anything with it. The end of 2013 I wrote and published my first book, Fallen.
My writing will ultimately become my career. I do not consider it a hobby and take it very seriously.
What genre do you write?
Paranormal, contemporary, gothic fiction (think steampunk), some sci-fi and soon, urban fantasy.
How would you describe your writing style?
Usually I try to find time in the evenings to write. There’s so much that goes into planning a book. Many nights I’m plotting a story, developing characters or outlining. Then when I feel the book is ready, I begin.
What makes you different from other writers?
I don’t know if anything makes me necessarily different from other writers, but I can say I do research into my characters. I don’t want to put something out there without proper research. For example, demons. My first series involved angels and demons. A lot of research went into this project. I studied Jewish and Christian stories of angels and demons in order to gain the proper setting I wanted. As a reader, it would be an injustice to pick up a book where the author did no research on the topic. If the reader were knowledgeable on the topic of demons, they could leave a potentially bad review.
Who inspires you?
Inspirations comes in many forms. My daughter for one. Sometimes it is certain topics, people, shows, movies. It really depends on what catches my attention.
How did you come up with the title of Delta Force?
While I was finishing up another series, Logan Saunders, hero in Delta Force, appeared in my thoughts. He casually talked to me, but nothing real serious. He sat back and waited in the wings until the time was right. Immediately I knew the story would be about a military man recovering from PTSD and he would be Delta Force, so the name fit naturally.
How did you come up with the plot for Delta Force?
Well, Logan Saunders is a tough as hell alpha male in Delta Force. He lost his wife due to a car accident, then found out she was cheating on him just after her funeral. Wow, how do you recover from that? It sent Logan on a downward spiral of his own personal hell. He landed in the drunk tank one night after bar fighting, and given a choice. Stay in Delta Force and get help, or get the hell out and start over. Needless to say, he stayed in and got the help he needed. And by doing so, kicked his story into high gear when he meets the beautiful female therapist he’s been appointed.
Who is your favorite character you’ve ever created, why?
Well to talk about this one we need to switch stories. Two years ago I created a series called The Southern Roots series. I plotted out book three, Fueled Desire and began writing it. As soon as a scene hit, I put the lead female on a plane out of Texas to head toward Ireland. Well, as soon as I did, Clive the Scottish hottie appeared in the story. And he took over. I seriously had no choice in the matter. He took over or the story would not write. So instead of Ireland, they went to Scotland. He is, by far, my most favorite character. Everyone needs a little Clive in their lives! He’s fun, adventurous and downright dirty in the best way possible!
We live in divisive times. Should your religion/politics influence your writing?
I never use religion or politics in my writing. We read and write to escape daily drama.
What are you working on now?
I’m plotting out a few new series. Both are definitely paranormal and one of them may be urban fantasy.
Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Check out my website to find me at different book signings around the US. Some advice to new writers and those considering writing a book. Do your research. Take your time writing the story. Don’t rush things and don’t settle. Get a great editor who will push your limits without losing your story and a cover designer that will give life to your book.