Laura Morrison Wins IBR Book of the Month Contest
Interviewed by Joe Walters
Laura Morrison wins the IBR Book of the Month Contest with her thrilling, spine-tingling, and wonderfully weird novella Come Back to the Swamp!
IBR’s editor-in-chief Joe Walters sat down with the author to discuss main characters, evil swamps, the “don’t go in there!” trope, and more.
Interview with Laura Morrison
What Readers Want to Know:
IBR: Laura, thank you so much for writing Come Back to the Swamp. It enthralled us from beginning to end, proving to be an excellent choice for IBR’s Book of the Month. The book’s strange plotline and even stranger characters created a truly unique experience for our readers. What made you first begin this project?
IBR: As you may remember from our review, we admire Bernice for her ability to embrace her conflicts and drive this entertaining story forward. Not only does she approach her issues with bravery and strength, but she also does it with humor. If you could compare her to a few real-life and fictional characters, who would they be and why?
IBR: Come Back to the Swamp opens with a riveting passage describing the invasive species in the swamp and how they illustrate “the sad downsides of globalization.” Because this opens the novella, we consider the environmental aspects of the novella to be quite important. What else do you believe that readers could take away from Come Back to the Swamp from an environmental standpoint?
IBR: What is one thing you would like readers to know before they start Come Back to the Swamp?
What Writers Want to Know:
IBR: Like any good horror film, your book has the ability to urge readers to yell out, “Don’t go in there!” at any moment. But with your book, you make it clear why the character feels like he/she must “go in there.” Do you have any advice for how writers can effectively move the plot forward in such a believable way?
IBR: Writers love to hear about a published writer’s early struggles, and unfortunately for you, we do too. What was the most difficult aspect of writing or publishing this book?
IBR: Before you leave us to create your next scintillating thriller, could you share some specific advice for an author looking to get published?
|Laura Morrison lives in the Metro Detroit area with her husband, daughters, cats, and vegetable garden. She has a bachelor’s degree in applied ecology and environmental science from Michigan Technological University. Before she was a writer and stay-at-home mom, she battled invasive species and researched wood turtles. Come Back to the Swamp is her first novella and second book.|
|Website: Laura Morrison|
|Pre-order Come Back to the Swamp from Amazon: Here|
|Goodreads: Come Back to the Swamp|
|Facebook: Writer of Stuff|
|Other Review: Publishers Weekly|
|Author Interview: Black Spot Books|
|Independent Book Review: Come Back to the Swamp|
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