USA Today bestselling author, Liv Morris, was raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. She now resides on the rock known as St. Croix, USVI with her first and hopefully last husband. After relocating twelve times during his corporate career, she qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experience to her writing.
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Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I am late bloomer to the author world. Since my childhood, I’ve loved to read, but never thought about writing a book until a few years ago.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I actually started writing as a Twilight fan fiction author. There are many bestselling romance authors that came out of this community and now have very well known books. It was a great training ground for writers. I am very lucky to have seen many friends in this community succeed beyond their wildest dreams as authors.
What book has had the most influence in your life?
The most important book and greatest influence on my life as a writer is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I fell in love her brooding, tortured Edward Rochester, a truly perfect Byronic character.
How much truth is in your fiction?
My fiction is truly fiction. Or at least it has been so far. There are personality traits from people I have known or places in my books that are actually real. For me, writing is an activity that lets my mind create a unique world with unique characters.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor and why?
When I first started down this road, I looked to a blog post by Tracy Garvis Graves who wrote one of my favorite books, On the Island. She graciously outlined the steps an author needed to take to publish a book on their own. Basically how to be an Indie 101. I followed her advice and it was so appreciated. I’ve since met her and become author friends. She’s a truly real person.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part for me. Once I get typing away and get in a zone, I’m fine. It’s pressing that first letter on my keyboard at times that’s the most difficult.
What are you working on now? What is your next project?
Right now I’m working on Marry Screw Kill. It’s about a young woman engaged to an older man and everything seems to be going full speed ahead until the older man’s young nephew comes to town. Those looking for a cheating story will be disappointed…. 😉
Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
Funny you should mention the shower. When I am at an impasse in my writing, maybe unhappy with the direction or wondering if a plot shift would be good, I take a shower. For some reason it’s often a place of epiphany for me.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
My next novel has some very unusual names that I’m holding close to my vest until its release. I tend to be obsessive over names as much as I do a cover photo, which is a lot.
Are you a plotter or a pantster?
I am somewhere in between a plotter and pantster. I have an outline for the entire book in my head, but I’ve had the story change or divert at times. Some characters are rather bossy like that.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
When my Touch of Tantra series box set made the Amazon top 20 and B&N top 10. It was beyond my wildest dreams.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
Sexual abuse. It’s very unlikely I’ll ever broach that subject.
Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?
I don’t really have one specific type of scene that’s harder to write. The one area that I have had to have help writing is medical scenes. I have a close friend who’s a doctor and I’ve asked for her help in making sure my writing is correct.
What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Write for yourself and invest in good content editing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Boy, that’s a hard one as I’m not a spring chicken. I hope to be able to look back on the last 10 years and realize what a wonderful ride self-publishing has been.
Characters often find themselves in situations they aren’t sure they can get themselves out of. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. I must lead a rather boring and predictable life. 😉
Does your significant other recognize his moves in your writing?
I believe I’ve used a few of his lines from time to time.
What literary character is most like you?
Jane Austen’s Emma. I like to think of myself as a connector of people by wanting them to meet each other and become friends.
What secret talents do you have?
I can twirl a baton!
Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?
I would love to visit Italy. I’ve been to other countries in Europe but not the home country of my great grand parents.
Coming Winter 2015
➨ Title: MARRY SCREW KILL
➨ Expected Release Date: Winter 2015
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Books by Liv Morris
Adam’s Apple (Touch of Tantra Book 1)
Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan and the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money is no object, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta that allows him to possess anything or anyone he desires.
Kathryn Delcour is an alluring socialite with unique tantric tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds this complex woman too tempting to resist. He will stop at nothing to have her, yet she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways.
The lure of ancient sexual practices and a former business partner seeking a deadly revenge mix together in this steamy bestseller filled with secrets, seduction, and suspense.
“Kathryn’s mesmerized me with some kind of tantric magic. I’m bewitched without an ounce of fight left within me. She knows my dilemma, my hesitancy to surrender and loosen the grip I have on my past, and she’s won.” An excerpt from Adam’s Apple (Touch of Tantra #1) An erotic bestseller.
Adam and Kathryn’s tantric love story continues once again told in his point of view…
When roguish playboy Adam Kingsley meets the stunning Tantra instructor Kathryn Delcour, he falls hard, becoming captivated by her strength and beauty. An intense sexual chemistry sizzles between them from their first shared glance to the soul cleansing Tantra session they experience together.
While Adam recovers from injuries after saving Kathryn’s life, she instructs him in the sensual practice of Tantra. He becomes her willing student as their tantric lovemaking brings Adam to sexual highs he never dreamed were possible.
But Adam’s life takes an unexpected turn when newly exposed secrets surrounding his birth father force him to make a seemingly impossible choice. Avenge those he loves and let everything he holds dear crumble around him, or allow the guilty to go free. With Kathryn by his side, Adam faces the fight of his life.
Temptation (Touch of Tantra Book 1.5)
A companion novella in the Touch of Tantra series from bestselling author, Liv Morris.
Recently Kathryn Delcour returned to her hometown of New York City. Widowed two years ago, she found healing from her loss through the ancient practice of Tantra and teaches the spiritual and sexual art to others.
When Kathryn oversees a husband performing a very intimate tantric massage with his wife, the steamy session makes Kathryn face her own sexual frustrations and realize she needs a true lover. Unfortunately she hasn’t met a man who lights a fire inside of her like her late husband… until she meets billionaire Adam Kingsley later that night.
We’ve heard Adam’s side of their meeting. Now take a little journey into Kathryn’s mind on the day they met.
Touch of Tantra Series Box Set
Love in the City Box Set
Drunk and Disorderly – When Andrew Cooper, a former Atlanta Falcon who’s chiseled from head to toe, and basically a rival to Michelangelo’s David meets small-town cutie, Amelia Montgomery, sparks fly and tempers flare all over Atlanta. A humorous love story made possible due to a simple twist of fate, even if love leaves you a little drunk and disorderly…
The Love Handles Club – High school sweethearts Bradley Dawson and Kelly Parker haven’t spoken to each other in over a decade. Now, fourteen years after their breakup, Kelly returns to their hometown of Dallas when her marriage disintegrates. A love story about the one who got away and the possibility of a second chance…
The Panty Dropper – Emily Norris is a single, but hopeful, young flight attendant trying to survive the holiday made for lovers with her best friend, Monica. However, Emily’s night and plans take an unexpected turn when she finds Ethan Murphy, a.k.a. The Panty Dropper, knocking at her door. Find out what fate has in store when these two are struck by Cupid’s arrow…
Perfect Strangers – Kat Williams is recovering from a painful breakup with her cheating ex-fiancé. Working late on New Year’s Eve, she leaves the office and hasn’t heard about a snowstorm hitting the Chicagoland area. Driving home she loses control of her car and becomes stranded on Lake Shore Drive. Trapped by the storm’s wrath, she’s helped by stranger, Drew Michaels, who may be a sweet and handsome cure for her broken heart…
Magic at Macy’s – Yale University freshman Ally Brown sets off on an adventure to tour the amazing holiday window displays along New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Her plans get sidetracked when she sees her crush, Jack Prescott, taking the same train into the city. He’s the handsome Editor in Chief of the Yale Daily News and the man of her dreams. But Ally’s life takes a surprisingly romantic turn, thanks to a little Magic at Macy’s…
(1) Touch if Tantra Box Set
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4 thoughts on “Author Spotlight + Interview & Giveaway ☆ Liv Morris”
I can twirl a baton, too!
Thanks for the post. I picked up Love in the City because I only had 2 of the stories on my kindle.
That’s awesome! Were you raised in the South too? And THANKS so much for buying my books and reading them. Hope you enjoy the others in the Love in the City collection.
Thanks so much CJ for posting this interview! I have so appreciated your support in my writing and getting to know you over the last couple of years.
Thank you so much for doing an interview with us 😊😊