Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz; Aeonian Dreams by Morgan J. Muir

Morgan J Muir lives in Utah with her fantastic husband, three offspring, and as many cats (but she doesn’t carry them with kits in sacks, and has never been to St. Ives). She grew up riding horses and motorcycles and listening to her grandmother read poetry. She grew up reading any sci-fi/fantasy novel she could get her hands on and so was surprised the day she discovered that she also really enjoyed historical fiction.
Morgan always loved to write and draw and her parents always liked to say that they knew she’d write a book some day.  Ever since she was small she told stories and drew pictures for her tales.  When she got old enough, all of her spare time between classes was spent writing and she always had a notebook with her.
Her first novel was originally written after her first child was born, to help her pass the long, lonely hours as a new stay-at-home mom.  As her kids got older and more came she was too busy to do much with her stories, until one year she was introduced to NaNoWriMo, which finally rekindled the spark that led her to finish what she’d started.

Morgan’s favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson, Kristen Britain and Marion Zimmer Bradley.

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Mariah has chosen to become a vampire, but she can’t remember why.

Upon waking in the labyrinthine caves of Sophus, a centuries-old vampire, Mariah can’t remember all the choices that brought her there, but she does know there are dangerous secrets hidden within her.  As she learns to control her powerful new body— and its bloodthirsty urges— Mariah discovers a unique ability to travel through a world of spirit, the key to remembering her past, and possibly the future. 

At first, it seems her path is simple: learn to control her bloodlust, find her missing husband, and return with him to raise their son. However, things are more complicated than they seem, and neither Sophus nor her husband’s captor is willing to let them go. Mariah must use whatever skills she can to find her husband and protect her still-mortal son, but will it be enough? 

Author Interview:

What is your favorite book that is not yours?
This is a tough question, there are a lot of books that are my favorites, though I could narrow it down be genre. Historical Fiction: Shadow of the Moon by MM Kaye, Fantasy: Anything Brandon Sanderson, Romance: A Rose in Winter, Sci-fi: anything Darkover

Do you write in multiple genres? Which genre is your favorite to write?
Yes, i write fantasy, romance, and historical fantasy. My favorite to write though is Fantasy because I love the freedom of worldbuilding as opposed to being constrained by this world's reality and history (i mean, do you realize that bobby pins didn't exist before the 20th century? No picking locks with bobby pins before then!).

How young were you when you started writing?
I wrote my first book in 3rd grade, so about 9 years old. And I hated the editing/prep for publication process just as much then as i do now.

If you could meet any author, past or present, who would it be and why?
I'm not really sure. I'm so much of an introvert that I'm not sure I would get a whole lot out of a meeting like that. it would probably just be really uncomfortable, and filled with awkward silences.

How long does it take you to write a book, and what was your fastest book to write?
At least a couple years, start to publish. The first draft is the hardest part, and can take a year or more, depending on what I have going on in my life, so I always try to have several manuscripts at varying stages of completion.

What is your favorite thing to do in the summertime?

Camping with my family, and getting to have my kids home from school.

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