Morgan Briarwood lives in South Wales with her family and three dogs. By day she works as an intranet manager for a large office; by night she writes fiction. She also finds it really weird writing about herself in the third person, so she’ll stop now.
That’s me, above. I am 42 years old and happier every year I get further and further from being a teenager. I love TV and film: I go to the movies almost every week and watch mostly SF or fantasy type TV. Realism bores me. I also read a lot. I’m a big fan of audio books and can usually be found listening to them on my iPod when out and about. I love to cook, especially bread and cakes, and I enjoy CG artwork, though I’m not very good.
But all of that is secondary to writing. My mother started teaching me to read at age three; I think I was six when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I have never wanted to be anything else. Oh, I’ve had other job-related ambitions and I do enjoy my day job. But I am a writer, even if I never publish anything, even if no one ever reads a word of mine. I can’t imagine a day going by when I don’t write something, or at least draft something in my head. Doing this is like breathing. When I was a kid, people thought I was a little bit nuts because I’d talk to myself when I was alone. I was working out stories or dialogue, but no one ever knew that. I remember a relative asking once if I was singing to myself; I agreed I was because by then I knew the looks I’d get if I explained I’d been talking to someone fictional.
I didn’t think of myself as a good writer, or even a particularly original one. And back then, I wasn’t! A few of my early attempts at fiction survived long enough for me to cringe at them years later. But it’s a craft that takes practice and I’ve been writing for myself and for others, for a long time.
Friends have generously avoided telling me my work sucks – and some of it certainly deserved the bonfire. Other friends have gradually convinced me that some of my work is worth reading. So here I am…hoping strangers will think so, too.