Finally! After all the starts and stops on this project, Morning Song, is a available for the first time on Saturday February 8th 2014 on Amazon!
I'm really excited about this project. It blends a lot of unique elements, and some of my strongest characters to date, into a great story. This is one of those rare stories that write themselves. It was as if Morna and Arrick really lived they were just narrating their tale to me.
Morna is, obviously from the cover, a large woman. There is an iniquity in our media that allows people to believe only one type of beauty is acceptable. In Morning Song, the BBW heroine, is not just lovely for herself, but with a shining soul and strength that spills over into all she does. She is kind and intelligent and graceful. Arrick loves her not just for her body, though he really enjoys that, but for her mind and heart. If all she was, was a body, he'd have no interest.
The title, Morning Song, is really important to this book. Morna, in addition to many other things, is a singer. She sings what is in her soul, not just the melodies she's been taught. Melodies, as I have it, that belong to today's airwaves. This is a post apocalyptic distant future, and the question I pose with this book, is what songs will pass the test of time and be passed down from generation to generation until they are known as folk music?
Due to legalities I didn't use any actual song lyrics, but I did reference the songs that were important to the scene and I encourage everyone to look up these songs, and hear them, and understand why I chose that piece for that part of the book.
Additionally, like many of my works, I deal with the ills of rape culture and just how it warps a desperate, small community.
Morna is very personal to me. She is the closest one of my characters to me. I think most writer's characters are a mix of themselves and the people around them. There are pieces of me in all of my writing. However, Morna has the largest one of those pieces. It was so close in personality and belief systems that I almost didn't publish. Her adventures in life are different from mine. Her joys and fears are drastically changed by the culture she lives in, but her core is still very much me. There are some surface similarities. I am BBW, I am a singer in my heart and soul, I aspire to be a midwife, I am an Asatru Volva (viking shaman), and I believe in magick. I'm not so sure those surface bits and pieces are as important, but maybe they are a reflection of my soul after all. All my worlds are gut wrenching at times when I pull out details of my own hard times or an honest emotional response, but in more ways than I can count, Morna is me.
Susan is a plural writer and artist by day, a child and pet wrangler by night, and occasional crazy person on the weekends.