Author Spotlight: Elizabeth Morris

It’s a December Author Spotlight Flood! Clearing out my backlog and getting these authors into the spotlight.

a young fantasy author, ready to share her worlds with the world

Readers, thanks for checking out another Author Spotlight Interview. Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!

Elizabeth Morris is a young, spirited author who is bright, caring and light-hearted. She is a young author looking to put her books out into the world. She’s loved writing since middle school. She writes for herself and what she thinks she would read. She loves fantasy and world-building.

She 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.

Elizabeth, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most author spotlight interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.

If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?

I would have a pet Tiger for sure. Tigers are my favorite animal and it would be so cool to have one. I was born in the year of the tiger according to the Chinese zodiac, and it’s the year of the tiger now in 2022! Tigers have always been my spirit animal.

Having seen what you write about, I have to admit, I’m not 100 percent shocked.

What do you write? And how did you get started?

I am currently working on a book series called Blood of the Beast which consists of two novels that have been published so far.

My first book is called Tiger’s Blood and the second book is called Rise of the Rebels. I’m writing the third book of the series which will be titled Return of the Ambush. I started writing when I was 13 and in middle school. My teacher told me that I would be a great writer and that’s when I decided to write a book. I wrote my book and published it at 17 years old.

You’re definitely ahead of the game, publishing at 17!

What do you like to read?

I like to mostly read fantasy. My favorite series that I’ve read is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I love the plot and how well-developed his characters are. I recently read my friend’s book The Wandering Order: Autumn Light and I love it.

There’s a reason George R.R. Martin’s work is so popular! And thanks for sharing your friend’s book with us.

Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you

Write every single day.

As a writer there’s a lot of pressure to write at least every day and I don’t believe that applies to me. I like to write once or twice a week and even then I have a busy schedule. I don’t have time to wrap my head around my book every day. If I think about it too often then it starts to lose it’s magic in my opinion.

I’m right there with you! I can sustain it for NaNoWriMo, but not every day, every month. Some ideas need time to percolate.

Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice they can pry out of your cold, dead hands

Have an emotional connection to your writing.

If you want to write, you can write anything you want. I believe you should write what you love and you’ll enjoy it more. A lot of authors say that you should have a good knowledge of what you write, and I think that can be true to an extent. You don’t have to be an expert on everything to write something. I’m not an expert on Tigers or shapeshifters, I just have a love for the animal and I wanted to write a story where a Tiger shapeshifter is the main character. If you don’t enjoy what you write then you’re doing it wrong.

Research gets most of us close enough, but it’s true! If you don’t care about your characters or setting or world, your story is often poorer for it.

Shameless Self-Promotion time!

Blood of the Beast

Tiger’s Blood (#1)

In the world of Bitotem, there are animal shifters called Bloods who roam the lands.

Andrew Kingsley, the ruler of the Lion Blood Kingdom, wiped out all of the rival tribes of Tigers, except one. After the death of her young sister and the disappearance of her father, Kira sets off on a journey of revenge. She befriends Noah, Ethan, and Chase from different Bloods to join her expedition.

Will her unlikely new friends be able to face King Andrew?

Rise of the Rebels (#2)

A year after a tragic event, a new king takes over the Lion’s Kingdom and is seeking revenge against the group of rebels; Chase, Ethan, Noah and Kira as the leader. The rebels have been on their own, when they meet a pair of mysterious Bloods. When one of the rebels gets kidnapped, it’s up to the rest of the Bloods to save them. Will these new Bloods be friends or enemies?

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