Bestselling Aussie author, Morgana Best, grew up leaving Tim Tams for the fairies at the bottom of her garden. Now she lives with a half-blind Chocolate Labrador who happily walks into doors, a rescue Dingo who steals zucchinis from the veggie patch, and a cat with no time for nonsense. A former college professor, Best enjoys big bowls of pasta, not working out, and visiting the local lighthouse, where she tries to spot the white Humpback whale.
- When do you write?I write several hours a day, seven days a week. I don’t stop until I make my word count for the day. After that, I revise what I have written, and then, if I’m still awake, I do admin work. After each new book release, I have a few days off writing, and catch up on admin instead.Every day, I stretch as soon as I wake up, feed the dogs, and go for a run. I have coffee and then start writing about 8 a.m.
2. How do you seclude yourself from the outside world?
I work in my office which is in my house. I have a security gate so unwanted callers can’t get in, and I don’t have a landline. Someone could easily murder me and steal my identity. I always think of the old movie, The Net.
3. How do you review what you wrote the previous day?
I usually edit the morning’s work in the afternoon.
4. What song is your go to when you are feeling uninspired?
I’m never uninspired—I have to keep myself in check as I have too many ideas. I find any noise distracting, apart from the sound of the coffee machine, of course. My cell phone ringtone is inspiring: DJ Khaled’s All I Do Is Win.
5. What do you always do when you find yourself struggling with writer’s block?
I never get writer’s block. Another author once said that dentists don’t get dentists’ block. I think it would be scary if brain surgeons got brain surgeons’ block. I would like to get writer’s block, as then I could watch TV in the daytime.
My voice recorder turns itself off if I don’t speak for a minute, and that forces me to think of something quickly.
6. What tools do you use when you are writing?
Dragon software with a headset or a handheld recorder. I type badly. I don’t use Scrivener, as I was using Word in the 1990s, and I’m too used to it now to change. I do use Grammarly and ProWritingAid at the end of every day.
7. What is the one thing you can’t live without during a writing session?
My handheld voice recorder.
8. How do you fuel yourself during your writing session?
I write in sprints. My sprints are usually around thirty minutes each, and I do a rough draft of one chapter in that time, so it’s intense. I reward myself with food at the end of each sprint. If I am in writing frenzy near the end of a book, I fuel myself with salted caramel, almond milk ice cream. (I won’t admit to how much.)
The tale is told as if it’s happening once upon a dream: the lovely maiden meets her handsome prince in the woods. The story has been told many times and in many ways. But always the maiden finds out that she is a princess—a princess who has been cursed by a dark fairy to prick her finger on a spindle and fall into an eternal sleep. Though her three good fairies try to protect her, the princess succumbs to the curse. But the power of good endures, as her true love defeats the fire-breathing dragon and awakens the princess with true love’s first kiss. The two live happily ever after.
And yet this is only half the story. So what of the dark fairy, Maleficent? Why does she curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, pulled down from the many passed down through the ages. It is a tale of love and betrayal, of magic and reveries. It is a tale of the Mistress of All Evil.
2 1/2 cups quick oats (or rolled)
1 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 cup raisins
2/3 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup agave nectar (or brown rice syrup, adjust based on how well things stick together)
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (adjust based on which nut butter you use)
“This one really hit home; it’s like you took the words from out of my brain, perceived the essence of my soul and used the magick of your hands to write this explosion Diane Morasco.” – Pinky Doll Pinkstar
“Diane Morasco you feed my soul with your words.” – Diana Ramirez
“…very powerful. Petals Hidden Beneath Her Thorns is off the chain!” – Darlene Burns
Author Midnight Comes with the Dawn: The Vampyir Plague
“Wow. OMG. Diane Morasco. Dang girl. Emily Dickinson is shook.”
Petals Hidden Beneath Her Thorns is a collection of poetry and prose about grief, heartache, suffering, and unconditional love.
Morasco pens a striking illustration of heartfelt emotion that digs beneath the Arctic fortress she safeguards her heart behind to reveal the simmering embers of her soul.
Morasco’s words will leave imprints on your soul, while setting your spirit free.
Thank you, my cherished Australia, for being such a treasured gem in my life. Australia, you nourish life in me. You breathe energy into my lungs, pump vibrancy into my heart, fuel my creativity, and anchor my soul.
I am grateful to you all for making me an International Bestselling Author by reaching the top 20 and for keeping me in the top 450 nearly 14 months after, Even Tough Women Can Crack Like Eggs Sometimes was released. You are MY SOUL FUEL!!!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, angel souls, with all of my heart, my soul and down to the dust in my bones. I adore you. I love you. I will see you soon, my cherished Australian Angels. Besos y abrazos.