Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Introducing Morgan Huneke and Twisted Dreams

We have invited our oldest daughter, Morgan, to sit down for an interview in honor of the release of her 7th book, a Sleeping Beauty retelling called Twisted Dreams.  Enjoy!

(**If you scroll to the bottom, you can enter a giveaway to win free copies of this story and two other Sleeping Beauty retellings**)

GP:  Good morning, Morgan, welcome to Georgia Politics. Tell us something about yourself...hobbies, interests, day job...
 
MH: I’m a 21-year-old homeschool graduate, the author of Christian children’s books (and now one YA novella), your daughter, a piano and violin teacher, and I work part time at the library. I’ve been involved in politics since age eight, and thus all my books have a political bent to some degree. I lead a little girls’ Bible study once a month, and try to keep up with writing in my spare time. I like to read, and wish I had more time for it—since contrary to popular belief, librarians don’t actually get to read all day. I make most of my own clothes, since I’m super picky about them. I love history, particularly American history, and helped to teach a class on America’s founding documents about a year ago. My “small talk” generally consists of story analysis, Studio C, or Walt Disney World. 

GP:  How long have you been writing stories?

MH:  Ever since I could write, and I was making them up before that. My first recorded story is a Bambi fanfic I dictated. Once I could write for myself, I spent a lot of time writing about the “Silly Monster” and made several (failed) attempts to write mystery series after the styles of The Boxcar Children and Trixie Belden. When I was fourteen, I started to get truly serious about writing with the advent of  Across the Stars, my first published book. And the rest is history! ;)

GP:  What inspired you to write a Sleeping Beauty retelling?

MH:  Initially, Rooglewood Press’s Five Magic Spindles contest. The day the contest was announced, I laid down on my bed with a sheet of paper and started brainstorming ideas for a twist on Sleeping Beauty. I went down the rabbit trail of “what if the enchanted sleep is actually a good thing?”, merged it with the Doctor Who episode “Amy’s Choice,” and found my story. What if, when Sleeping Beauty falls asleep, she wakes up in another world, a prisoner of war? I tossed in a little BBC Merlin, Star Wars, and Michael Vey for good measure and ran with it. Ultimately, I didn’t win the contest, but that’s okay, since now I can do whatever I want with the story.

GP:  Is there going to be more to this story in the future?

MH:  Absolutely! In spite of being the first story published about this fantasy world, Twisted Dreams did not actually come first. When my Pinterest account was relatively new, I started collecting intriguing pins that didn’t fit a current story into a secret board with the hopes of turning it into something. It involved bionics, Winter Soldier/Peeta Mellark brainwashing, and a kidnapped baby—and I nicknamed it “the Storyless Storyboard Story” or SSS for short. When I came up with the idea for Twisted Dreams, I decided to make it about the main girl’s parents and uncle. Twisted Dreams has added plot and worldbuilding elements to SSS, and deepened the backstory. The royal family is a mess, and it will be both fun and heartbreaking to see what their future holds.

GP:  How many books do you have published, and what other projects do you have in the works?

MH:  There are now seven published books total. My first six are middle grades: standalones Across the Stars and The Experiment, the Time Captives trilogy, and Espionage: A Companion to Time Captives. Twisted Dreams is my first YA story and only (so far) novella. As far as works in progress go, I have several. For both Camp NaNos this year, I worked on a sequel to Espionage. Nine years later, it’s finally time for Vannie to marry Kermit—amidst crooked politics at Court and cover-ups of reports of disappearing villagers. I’ve also written two drafts so far of the first book of an outer space dystopian trilogy nicknamed “the Cassie story.” When a cargo ship malfunction takes a pilot and his crew away from their world of perfect control, two very different worlds collide in a catastrophic way. Pilot Luke must try to repair the damage they’ve done while wrestling with a new worldview that challenges everything he’s ever known. Then there’s “the Storyless Storyboard Story.” I’ve written two beginnings, some backstory, and some random scenes for it. Unfortunately, I don’t have a complete enough plot yet to make significant progress. Also, I don’t think I’m quite at the stage of life to write it authentically yet. Maybe in a few years.

GP:  How can readers stay up to date on your upcoming projects?

MH:  You can follow my blog, Facebook page, Instagram, and Twitter for constant updates, and sign up for my quarterly newsletter. I’m also on Goodreads and Pinterest. I’d love to see you all around!

Thanks for having me!


About the Book

“I, Calandra, of the Wingans, do bestow upon you, the Princess of Hanover, a gift. You have been given long life. I cannot interfere with that, but when you are sixteen years of age, you will prick your finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into an everlasting sleep.” She stepped closer so that she could be heard only by Liesel and her parents. “Then you will at last see the truth. Be wary. Be wise. Your fate rests upon yourself.”

On her sixteenth birthday, Princess Liesel Rosanna falls victim to a sleeping curse—but wakens in another world, a prisoner of war. As the bait in a trap for her fiancĂ©, the crown prince of Hanover, Liesel longs to escape back to the fairy tale world. The world where she is only wanting a true love’s kiss to set everything to rights.

As situations quickly grow dire, Liesel must choose which story to live, which life is real. The fate of her country rests on her decision.



About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing and teaching piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment as well as the Time Captives fantasy trilogy.



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