Interview with Laura DeLuca, author of Morrigan

Shuffled from place to place in the foster system, Morrigan doesn’t know the meaning of home. Plus, she is different. She has power over fire, the ability to move objects with her mind, and glimpse into the future. Just when she believes her life can’t get any stranger, she discovers her true identity.

Filtiarn, a knight with a dark past and a surprising secret, has been tasked with guiding the heir of Tír Na NÓg through countless perils to be returned to her family. Once Morrigan has been reunited with her mother and grandmother, their triad can save the forgotten land of magic from being devoured by an ancient evil.

Welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself. 

I live at the Jersey Shore with my husband, Timmie, and my four kids whose ages range from 1 through 12. In addition to being a writer, I am also a mom blogger and we own a restaurant at the Jersey Shore.

What genre do you most enjoy writing? 

I enjoy writing the young adult genre. I like the idea of inspiring the younger generation to read.

What is the easiest and most difficult thing about your genre?

The easiest thing is the romance scenes because I don’t have get too graphic with the intimacy. The hardest part is remembering that it’s not 1994 anymore and that I have to update my work to fit the new generation of teens instead of getting stuck in my own teenage time period.

Or, you could get readers like me, who have no idea what day, month, or year it is anyway. Hehe. Who is your favorite character in your book, and what do you like most about him or her?

In Morrigan, my favorite character is Filtiarn. Both his looks and his personality were inspired by my husband. Even his journeys were loosely based on some of my husband’s experiences while travelling with the Rainbow Gathering.

Do you get many of your ideas from your own life, or is your work mostly fictional?

Many of my scenes are inspired by my real life but enhanced or exaggerated to make them more interesting.

What was the main inspiration behind your current novel?

Morrigan originally started out as a dream about a strange dark haired man coming through a portal into my bedroom and bringing me into another world. The dream stuck with me for years before I finally found a way to make it into a novel.

How did you get started in publishing, and what was the most difficult aspect of “breaking in” to the field? 

I found my first publisher completely by accident. I had spent a year or two trying to get published traditionally and put the project aside when I got pregnant. Then I did a review on my blog for one of the books from Free Focus Publishing and got chatting with the owner. She asked to see one of my books, read it one day, and decided to publish it. Then I met the owner of Pagan Writers Press, the publisher of Morrigan, because she was reviewing my first book.

If you could share a tip for my readers about writing or publishing, what would it be?

Focus on quality from quantity. I’d rather see people put out one or two good books a year than to put out two dozen that are riddled with errors and lacking in detail.

Do you do any research for your writing? If so, how do you go about it? What kind of research do you do?

Most of my research comes from reading. For Morrigan, I read at least a dozen books on Celtic myth. I also use search engines a lot. When I wanted to describe the castle, I pulled up a picture of Blarney Castle.

Thank you for visiting my blog, Laura! Readers: check out Morrigan if you’re in the mood for a wonderful Young Adult fantasy novel. I absolutely loved reading it!

About the Author

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. She loves writing young adult novels, because it keeps her young at heart. She is the author of three published works including Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, and Phantom, and has several more projects in the works.

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