Author interview 153 – Elizabeth Morris


Elizabeth Morris

United States of America

Age 23

Elizabeth Morris has graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020. Her first book Tiger’s Blood she self-published in 2016 when she was 17 years old. She is currently working on a series for Tiger’s Blood and finds inspiration through music, nature, and adventures. 

In the world of Bitotem live mysterious creatures called Bloods. Bloods are half animal and half human shapeshifters. After the death of her younger sister and the disappearance of her father, a young White Tiger Blood named Kira sets off on a difficult journey to the Lion Blood Kingdom to murder King Andrew Kingsley for killing all of the Tiger Bloods left on Bitotem. She remains the last living Tiger Blood. On her expedition, she befriends Noah, a Wolf Blood, Ethan a Lion Blood, and Chase an Eagle Blood.

Romelia:   WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BE A WRITER?

Elizabeth Morris:   When I was in middle school I realized I wanted to be a writer. I loved writing and my teachers really loved my writing as well. I started writing short stories and my love for writing grew from then on.

Romelia:   HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Elizabeth Morris:   Usually it takes me a year or two to write a book. Another six months to a year to edit.

Romelia:   WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INFORMATION OR IDEAS FOR YOUR BOOKS?

Elizabeth Morris:   I normally get my ideas from experiences in life or from dreams. I have vivid dreams and I use that to my advantage. My book series started out as a dream.

Romelia:   WHAT LITERARY PILGRIMAGES HAVE YOU GONE ON?

Elizabeth Morris:   I have been to Charles Dickens’ house in London and that was pretty interesting.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE FIRST BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

Elizabeth Morris:   I don’t believe I have read a book that made me physically cry. I usually don’t cry when I read.

Romelia:   WHAT IS THE MOST UNETHICAL PRACTICE IN THE PUBLISHING INDUSTRY?

Elizabeth Morris:   Saying that an upcoming book series is the next Harry Potter. I hate when people compare their books to Harry Potter because it was so popular.

Romelia:   DOES WRITING ENERGIZE OR EXHAUST YOU?

Elizabeth Morris:   Writing for sure energizes me. It’s like my form of exercise in a way because it stimulates my brain and I love to do things that make me think.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE COMMON TRAPS FOR ASPIRING WRITERS?

Elizabeth Morris:   Writer’s block and not being able to finish writing. It’s very easy to slip into writer’s block and it can be frustrating to try and get out of it.

Romelia:   DOES A BIG EGO HELP OR HURT WRITERS?

Elizabeth Morris:   I would say a big ego hurts writers. If you think your book is the best then someone who reads it says otherwise, it will hurt you. You have to be humble when you write.

Romelia:   WHAT IS YOUR WRITING KRYPTONITE?

Elizabeth Morris:   My kryptonite would be that I don’t have a schedule for writing. I just write when I feel like it or get inspiration. That’s why it can take me so long to write a book.

Romelia:   HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN READER’S BLOCK?

Elizabeth Morris:   I have recently. I’ve been reading my friend’s self-published book and I read about 100 pages then stopped for a few weeks. It can be tough sometimes when you are reading.

Romelia:   DID YOU EVER CONSIDER WRITING UNDER A PSEUDONYM?

Elizabeth Morris:   I have considered it, but everyone knows me under my real name and I don’t know what name I would use.

Romelia:   DO YOU TRY MORE TO BE ORIGINAL OR TO DELIVER TO READERS WHAT THEY WANT?

Elizabeth Morris:   I try to be more original, but I do sometimes give the readers what they want. I focus on what makes sense in my books.

Romelia:   DO YOU THINK SOMEONE COULD BE A WRITER IF THEY DON’T FEEL EMOTIONS STRONGLY?

Elizabeth Morris:   Anyone who writes to completion is a writer in my eyes whether they feel deep emotions. You don’t have to feel emotions strongly to be a good writer.

Romelia:   WHAT OTHER AUTHORS ARE YOU FRIENDS WITH, AND HOW DO THEY HELP YOU BECOME A BETTER WRITER?

Elizabeth Morris:   There’s one author that I am friends with, CJ Hahne. I’m currently reading his novel and the story is great. Reading other authors’ books helps me become a better writer because it inspires me.

Romelia:   DO YOU WANT EACH BOOK TO STAND ON ITS OWN, OR ARE YOU TRYING TO BUILD A BODY OF WORK WITH CONNECTIONS BETWEEN EACH BOOK?

Elizabeth Morris:   I’m trying to build a universe with my books so they will be connected. Right now I’m working on the “Blood of the Beast” series and it focuses on one world.

Romelia:   IF YOU COULD TELL YOUR YOUNGER WRITING SELF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Elizabeth Morris:   Don’t let the people trying to tear your world down distract you from your passion.

Romelia:   HOW DID PUBLISHING YOUR FIRST BOOK CHANGE YOUR PROCESS OF WRITING?

Elizabeth Morris:   It changed the way I go about my writing. I didn’t outline my plot first and it became messed up, so now I know to plan out my story before writing.

Romelia:   WHAT WAS THE BEST MONEY YOU EVER SPENT AS A WRITER?

Elizabeth Morris:   I spent money on little keychains, magnets, and ornaments for my books from this shop on Etsy. It turned out really well and everyone loved them at the book festival that I signed up for.

Romelia:   WHAT AUTHORS DID YOU DISLIKE AT FIRST BUT GREW INTO?

Elizabeth Morris:   I’m not sure if there are any authors that I disliked at first. Maybe Suzanne Collins, the author of Hunger Games. I didn’t like the first book but kept reading and loved the rest.

Romelia:   WHAT DID YOU DO WITH YOUR FIRST ADVANCE?

Elizabeth Morris:   Buy my books to give out to friends and family.

Romelia:   WHAT WAS AN EARLY EXPERIENCE WHERE YOU LEARNED THAT LANGUAGE HAD POWER?

Elizabeth Morris:   I don’t remember my early childhood; I don’t have an experience about this.

Romelia:   WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT MAGAZINES FOR WRITERS TO SUBSCRIBE TO?

Elizabeth Morris:   Maybe Writer’s Digest, they always have good tips for upcoming authors.

Romelia:   FROM WHERE YOU GET INSPIRED WITH YOUR FIRST BOOK?

Elizabeth Morris:   My first book “Tiger’s Blood” I got inspiration from a dream and from my friends who helped me develop my characters.

Romelia:   DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN A FEW SENTENCES. TELL US SOMETHING WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU AND SOMETHING YOU HATE ABOUT THE WORLD.

Elizabeth Morris:   I am passionate about writing, I am strong, and I am confident in my abilities. Something you don’t know about me is my favorite singer is Garrett Nash, he’s not very well known but I absolutely love all his songs. Something I hate about the world is people who abuse your kindness.

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