Author Interview & Ebook Giveaway: Playing the Genetic Lottery

Welcome to Author Terri Morgan

Terri Morgan is a freelance journalist who’s work has appeared in dozens of different magazines and newspapers. She is the author of four sports biographies for young adults, and the co-author of two others. She is the co-author of two books on photography: Photography, Take Your Best Shot, and Capturing Childhood Memories, The Complete Photography Guide for Parents. Playing the Genetic Lottery is her first novel. She lives in Soquel, California.


If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? 
My Kindle Fire with a never ending charge; a surfboard, and a lots of paper to write on.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
My husband Gary, who passed away shortly after I finished writing the novel. I dedicated the book to him.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
It will move you, educate you, make you more compassionate and it will make you laugh in some parts.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I always loved to read, and writing seemed like the next logical step. I think it’s in my DNA.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I’ve had several people who have schizophrenic relatives contact me and tell me how much they were moved by my novel because it helped validate their experiences with their loved ones, and gave them a deeper understanding of mental illness.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder series and read them over and over and over….

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Just do it!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
Santa Cruz County, California…oh that’s right, I do live here!

What is your favorite Quote? 
To achieve we must first attempt. I think it says it all.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
John Steinbeck

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you? 
Go for it!

Hidden talent?
I’m a pretty good surfer.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? 
Anything new by Jonathan Kellerman or Elizabeth George.

How do you react to a bad review? 
I try not to let it bother me. Try is the operative word here.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why? 
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I’d love to have a signed, first edition of that novel.

What do you do in your free time?
Play with my dog Lucky, go to the beach, go for walks with my friends, work in the garden, take pictures, go surfing….I wish I had more free time!

What’s your favorite season/weather? 

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 
I called my parents, and a lot of my friends to share my exciting news.

What is your guilty pleasure? 
ice cream

Favorite music?
rock n roll

Favorite sport? 

Print or Ebook? 

Chocolate or Vanilla? 

PC or Mac? 

Beach or Pool? 

Shoes or Sandals? 

Cats or Dog? 

What is you favorite way to spend a rainy day? 

Playing the Genetic Lottery

Caitlin Kane knows more about the impact of schizophrenia than most people could imagine. Both her parents were afflicted with the devastating mental illness, a disease that tends to run in families, and Caitlin and her brother grew up trying to navigate the chaos of living with two schizophrenics. Her  tumultuous childhood left Caitlin determined to forge a peaceful and serene life for herself. Now 32, she is living her dream. Married to her best friend, she and her husband are raising two bright young children in the suburbs of Seattle. While her unusual upbringing has left Caitlin with emotional scars, she enjoys the love and support of her extended family and her challenging career as a pediatric nurse. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t shake the obsessive fear that the family illness will strike again, robbing her of her mind or stealing away the sanity of one or both of her children.

Giveaway Details
1 ebook of Playing the Genetic Lottery
Open Internationally
Ends 5/7/12

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