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Interview: Judythe Morgan

Each Wednesday is Wonderstruck Interview day. Hearing other people’s stories is a great way to see things from a different perspective and perhaps find something new to apply to our own lives.

This week we are visited Judythe Morgan, an author, an antiques dealer, a former public school teacher and one time Department of Army Civilian (DAC). When she’s not writing, you’ll find her reading, browsing antique shops or walking her dogs–a very large Old English sheepdog named Tobias Bear (aka Toby) and an equally tiny Maltese named Buster.

What have you been wonderstruck by recently?

Every summer I am wonderstruck anew by the majesty and wonder of creation. Our summer home is in the heart of Rio Grande National Forest. As we walk the trails or drive the Silver Thread Scenic Byway, the rivers, the waterfalls, the steep passes, everything reminds me how awesome our world is.

What part of your day are you grateful for?

I’m up early every morning and out walking my dogs between five and six a.m. most days. Watching the sun come over the mountains, listening to birds, seeing the lights come on in homes, I’m so grateful for another day to enjoy God’s blessings.

What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?

My “sinking spells,” as my dear Aunt Bick calls them, come mid-day. As I said, I’m an early riser and by noonish I’m sleepy and tired and ready to stop writing. To overcome the weariness, I grab a protein-rich lunch/snack and take a break. Aunt Bick always grabs herself a Dr. Pepper. I nurse a cup of Irish Afternoon Tea, but no Dr. Peppers from me. I’m a Coca-Cola gal.

What do you wish your were more conscious of?

You know, there are those who tell me I’m too conscious, too observant, and too detailed. Maybe a better question for me would be how are you tempering what you’re conscious of. I do work on seeing the forest instead of the leaves and insects. So to answer your question though, I wish I could see the big picture, the broad scene and not be so over conscious of the lesser things.

How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?

I make lists, prioritize, and use sticky notes to remind me what needs to be done and when. Did you know there is a sticky note program for your PC? Those little notes on my desktop keep me on target when I have deadlines.

Yet life can still become a struggle to focus with lots of things tugging for attention. In those times, I focus on what is truly important – family and make necessary adjustments.

About Judythe Morgan:

I write because I’m utterly, totally miserable when I’m not. I not only enjoy writing stories I love to listen to other people talk about their dreams, fears, joys, sorrows, desires, defeats and victories. Their stories fascinate me, and because storytelling comes as naturally to me as breathing, ideas, what ifs and thoughts, jumble in my head and eventually flow onto the page. I do caution people when talking with me because, like the tee-shirt says, you could end up in my novel.

Currently, I am writing a Prequel to THE PENDANT’S PROMISE. It’s the story about how Lily and Alex met in 1966 in South Korea then the Vietnam War separated. LOVE IN THE MORNING CALM provides the reader with details to help understand how their deep commitment lasted until they met again in 1986.

I’m also happy to announce that my debut novel THE PENDANT’S PROMISE is now available in Paperback as well as on Kindle Nook Apple and at Smashwords for Sony, Kobo and other electronic versions.

Visit Judythe Morgan here:

22 Comments

  1. Great interview, Judythe! I totally understand the forest for the trees analogy! And isn’t it hard, sometimes, to hear with all the voices in your head?

    Enjoy the cool Colorado weather! It’s H-O-T in Houston today!

    • Thanks for stopping by Pam. We do enjoy the cool weather in Colorado. Not near as much fun to walk in the mornings and sweat!

  2. What a lovely interview! Thanks so much for giving us a peak at your life, Judythe.

  3. Judythe, Nice to see you on Live Wonderstruck! My, you are such an early bird….I know the early am is such a special time of the day, but I am a night owl and can’t quite make it up as early as you. Anyway, nice interview! It’s encouraging.

    • You watch the moon rise. I watch it set and the Blue Moon of August is still lighting my path in the mornings. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. JBH JBH

    Great interview. I feel like I know you even better. Glad to hear you’re working on a prequel to The Pendant’s Promise. Can’t wait!

    • Glad you stopped by, JBH. I’m late with replies because I was working away from my laptop on the prequel. It’s coming right along.

  5. Steph Steph

    Loved the information about how to push through a sinking spell, though I would have liked it better if the answer were “lots and lots of chocolate”. You know, because that would alleviate my own guilt. Lol!

    No wonder you are successful, you’ve got a great plan in place and of course the talent to back it up! Thanks for sharing your day, and can’t wait for the prequel!!

  6. Well, I have to say I have been known to suck down a few M&Ms with my afternoon tea. I need all the caffeine I can get some days. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Thanks for stopping by, Christie. Glad you found inspiration. Not that you need more inspiration you are one prolific writer and I love it all!

  8. Love the interview, ladies. Love the inspiration. And I love getting to know you even more, Judythe.
    I wish my sinking spell was at night, while in bed, trying to sleep. LOL!

    • Thanks for stopping by, Jenn. You’re such a bundle of energy I don’t see you ever having sinking spells.

  9. Really enjoyed learning a little more about you, Judythe. I so enjoyed The Pendant’s Promise and can’t wait to read the prequel about Ace and Lily. One of the things I love most about your writing is the detail and beautiful descriptions and emotions. Thanks, Ms. Hutchins, for featuring Ms. Morgan on your blog!

    • Thanks for stopping by Robin, my editor/friend. Your compliments make me blush!

  10. Hey, Judythe! (I’m waving wildly.)
    Wish I were in the mountains, too.
    Nice interview.

  11. Tess Tess

    Great interview!! I love The Pendant’s Promise!!!!

  12. Great interview, Judythe! I loved reading your answers and getting to know you a little better. :-)

  13. It’s 6:50 AM when I’m reading this, so you’ve already been been up and out for an hour or two, which proves I’m not the early bird I thought I was! Really lovely interview. I so enjoyed having an opportunity to walk around through your daily comings and goings. Your gentle, thoughtful days hold much appeal, Judythe :-D

  14. Sticky notes for your PC? I’ll have to look into that one. Thanks for the advice and happy writing.

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