Guest post by Morgan Straughan
For as long as I can remember, I have always been a shy child, a rule follower, an adult pleaser. I was that dependable, honest, kind, helpful kid that seems too good to be true, labeled as “the goody-two-shoes.”
The poison in the world, the toxins of society, never reached my heart as quickly as my peers. Once you hit double digits, these traits become brands that mark you with a bulls-eye. After a while, the whispers, the glares, the lack of being included, made me become timid to the point that I was afraid to speak more so than I already was due to my baby voice, sorely lacking phonics skills, and natural shyness.
However, I refused to change who I was. I look at the ground like it was my source of life, distract myself, but never stopped what I loved because of these youthful lashings, no matter how scarring. My grandma tells me life is a precious gift you only get once and to enjoy every minute of it your way. That was how I chose to live.
So, when I was shoved for being different, I found another outlet to express myself: writing. To be frank, I never considered being an author or writing as a job. I wrote to express my bashful, locked away voice, to vent, to be creative in my own world of non-judgment, to be myself and yet be who I wanted to be. This mostly complied of poetry.
I began writing Spirit Vision, my first published work, when I was fifteen because my communication arts teacher boldly said he was going to write a book at random one day. Then he told me I would be a grand character in his, sparking a desire to share a story with the world. Thanks to my on-going imagination, this inspiration, my high school setting, and my love for the spiritual world, I was able to start the book. It took me four years to finish the book and four years to get a contract with Paper Crane books after I had forty nos from other companies. The works in A Sweet, Little Dream are from my public education days. The fact I get to share and thank them is grander than treasure. It thrills me to no end to have my beloved characters and ideas loved by other people, to have my imagination explode, become almost tangible on a page, to inspire others to make their dreams come true.
My voice is finally heard.
I am able to shine as myself, in all my goody-toe-shoes glory, thanks to my writing and the connections and people I have encountered from my outlet.
All through my life, I wanted to piece things together to tell a story, create my own thing for others to love, to inspire and interact with others; be me. I grew up, but the colorful world of an innocent, sweet kindergartener is still in my heart, fueling, pulling, driving me daily.
Book Highlight: “New Beginnings.”
Educator of young minds by day, super nerdy savior of justice and cute things by night, Morgan Straughan Comnick has a love for turning the normal into something special without losing its essence. Morgan draws from real life experiences and her ongoing imagination to spark her writing. In her spare time, she enjoys doing goofy voices, traveling to new worlds by turning pages, humming child-like songs, and forcing people to smile with her "bubbliness." It is Morgan's mission in life to spread the amazement of otaku/Japanese culture to the world and to stop bullying; she knows everyone shines brightly.
For more information about Morgan and her works through Paper Crane Books, check out her website, which also have links to all her social medias. Or find her books on Amazon.
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Book #2 in the “Spirit Vision” series by Morgan Straughan Comnick
You’ve been chosen to be God’s Warrior, but not even He knows what lies ahead.
Spirit Warrior Stary Moon is prepared to begin her sophomore year of high school with a better understanding of the powers granted to her from the Lord. But the path set out for her is uncertain. Stary never imagined what a challenge it would be to get her friends and family to accept her true love, former spirit Umbra, whose Ultimate Weapon powers are resurfacing mysteriously. On top of this, a dark presence is possessing spirits and ghosts, haunting Stary’s dreams, and wanting revenge. As Stary dives deeper into the world of spirits, she begins losing her connection to the world of mortals. Does Stary have the strength to overcome this darkness alone, or will she need to dabble in some ancient magic? Can she continue this path no matter what the cost?
You can get your copy at: http://www.amazon.com/New-Beginnings-Spirit-Vision-Volume/dp/0692337172/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1431827612&sr=8-2
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