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Publication Date: December 15, 2017
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About the Book
Nearly a year after the events which lead to her dramatic rescue in "Midnight to Morning," Harlie Berryman's new life continues to push the boundaries of what most know as reality. The group who rescued her have become her family, and they are preparing for their biggest battle yet. Billions of lives are at stake, and one wrong move could tip the scales in the enemies favor. It could tip Earth past its breaking point. Knowing this, as well as deeper secrets, Harlie pushes herself harder and farther than anyone thought possible. Go with her on this next stage of missions, lessons, of discovering who she really is, and what those who are the closest to her have been sent to accomplish. Evil lurks in many shadows...
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L: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
HGM: My name is Holly Glogau-Morgan and I reside in the Piedmont Valley area of Virginia, though I grew up in the southern part of New Jersey. We live on four beautiful acres where my main hobbies are adaptive gardening, preserving the harvest, and trying to live more sustainably. I also enjoy sewing, quilting, and I roleplay in an MMORPG in the evenings with a group of dear friends. I have the rare genetic condition Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, so much of what I do ends up needing to be adapted for the damage the condition has done to my muscles and joints.
L: Who or what inspired you to be an author?
HGM: I've been writing notebooks full of stories since I was eight, almost always around one central character. While I've wanted to put her stories down into a YA fiction series, it never seemed to work out. It was my having to stop teaching full-time which started friends and family encouraging me to focus on writing more. With much more time on my hands, it seemed the right moment to shift away from short stories and into novel writing.
L: Who or what inspired your novel?
HGM: "Midnight to Morning" and "Sunrise to Shadows," the series I've been writing was inspired by a series of dreams. I had been working on a totally different project and was struggling. One night, in 2011, I was thinking about what if it was those here in the USA who had a massive crisis and people were fleeing to refugee camps in other countries. That night I dreamed about a young woman who was doing just that. Night after night, for three weeks, she kept telling me her story. I outlined all of it. The few people I told said this was the story I was meant to tell. They were quite right!
L: What would you say is the genre of your novel?
HGM: Adventure Fiction with a healthy dose of military espionage
L: Why did you pick this/these genre(s)?
HGM: The genres pretty much picked themselves as the novel moved from my dreams and onto paper. I never though I'd write anything about the military, never-the-less a story where it is laid thick with it, but it happened. Thankfully, much of my family has served and were very willing to answer questions.
L: How did you develop your plot and characters?
HGM: I developed the plot around a key tragic event which happened in the USA and how future attacks were on the cusp of happening globally. How would it have affected those who had to flee? How did it affect the rest of the world? Who would stop the attacks, or how could those attacks be stopped? The "who would" and "how could" became the main and secondary characters of the "Midnight to Morning" series.
L: Who or what inspired your protagonist?
HGM: The dreams I had made the protagonist seem almost as if she were another version of myself. I wasn't fond of that, so used the basics of a character I used to roleplay to make a few key changes. It worked out quite well.
L: Who or what inspired your antagonist?
HGM: While it is important for us to come together globally, there is a wrong way of doing so. Those with too much money and too much influence coming together to slowly undermine peace and unity and rule through lies and deception ended up being the inspiration for the antagonist - a secret group of elites who set off the attack on the USA and were planning on doing it again elsewhere.
L: What was the most difficult part to write in the book?
HGM: When the main character was still living in the refugee camp, a series of tragedies happened. She was so strong and brave throughout all of it, but I still cried, hard, as each event occurred, knowing she had to be broken, to find the "midnight" of her life in order to be able to thrive once rescued.
L: What was your favourite part of your book to write?
HGM: It actually happens in the second book of the series, and was on the first anniversary of her rescue. As she wakes, the most beautiful train of thought happens. Later on in the day, the group she lives with has a moment of reflection while standing arm in arm. It was tears of happiness when that day was written.
L: Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?
HGM: I write part-time. I also work part-time for an accredited homeschool academy, helping online high school students.
L: What are you currently reading?
HGM: Love Life by indie author Steve Fulgate. After losing his son to suicide, he has walked across the US multiple times to spread the word about loving life.
L: What are some of your favourite books or authors?
HGM: This is such a tough question, as there are too many to really narrow down. I read and enjoy such a wide variety of books and admire so many authors!
L: What are your future projects, if any?
HGM: I want to finish the other two books in the series and have already started on the third novel. With better adaptive equipment in place, it is not taking near as long to write, so I'm able to do much more of it. I'm also working on a short story series on my blog. It's fanfiction and is the story of my current roleplay character in Star Trek Online. After that, I'll be ready to tackle that YA fiction series.
L: What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?
My Blog - http://ddraigswife.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author Page- https://www.amazon.com/Holly-Glogau-Morgan/e/B006CUQ3HQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Goodreads Page- www.goodreads.com/author/show/7285073.H_Glogau_Morgan
L: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
HGM: Don't give up! I had a period of 3 years where I could barely get any writing done, because of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Between the injuries and the medications to treat it dulling my mind, it was extremely difficult to focus and think through what needed to be written. However, I was able to troubleshoot. Better equipment was found, and I was able to work around what the medications did. Keep trying. You are not failing, you are just finding out ways that don't work just yet. You can do it!
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