Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Introducing Author Morgan Busse

Tell our readers about you and your family.
I am married to a wonderful man who is also a pastor. We have four children, including a set of twins (the twins were a total surprise for us). Many times when people find out I’m a mother of four children, they ask when do I find the time to write. I tell them little by little and hour by hour. When my kids were younger, I wrote during their naps (as long as I didn’t need one too) and during the evenings my husband had meetings.

I was also known to have my laptop set up on the dryer while I folded clothes because for some reason I would have some of my best ideas at that time (I guess that’s a positive reason to do laundry, besides have cleaning clothing to wear ;).

Now my children are in school, which allows me more structured time to write. But my family always comes first before my writing. And I am blessed with a family that encourages me to write.

Oh yes, and my family would not be complete without furry critters. I currently have two dogs, a cat, and two long haired guinea pigs. The Busse household is definitely crazy!

What is your favorite Bible verse?
That’s a hard one. I love the book of John, especially the first chapter. “In the beginning was the Word…” “The Word gave life to everything that was created…”. The story of God saving us did not begin with a baby in a manger; it began when God first chose to create, knowing what would happen next.

But I think my favorite verse is this: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” (John 1:5). I have been through a lot of darkness in my life: cancer scares, months of unemployment, almost losing my youngest son, and hurt by the church. But God was still there. The dark circumstances of my life could not blot Him out. It tried, and there were moments I felt I could not see God anymore and despaired. But He never forsook me.

You can see the influence of John chapter 1 in my own writing. I believe that in the darkest of times there is still light, and that light is Jesus Christ.

Why did you choose to write the particular genre?
I have always loved the fantasy genre. It began when my dad introduced me to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. As a child, my imagination soared beyond this world. I would imagine I was a unicorn, or a lost princess, or some other fantastical thing.

When I became an adult, I began reading more science fiction and fantasy. I enjoyed the stories I found, but wished I could find an engaging story that also brought me closer to God. I walked into a Christian bookstore one day and asked to see their science fiction and fantasy section. The lady gave me a strange look and then pointed to a lone Frank Peretti book at the end of the aisle. I went home disappointed.

Shortly after that event, my husband said I should write. I had never thought about writing before and wasn’t sure I wanted to. Then I had an idea of a woman who, with a touch of her hand, could see inside the soul. It took eight years to write and find a publisher, but last month my debut book released. It is an epic adult fantasy that follows a young woman named Rowen who possesses this terrifying power. The first book in this series is Daughter of Light.

What is the most important thing you hope your readers will take away from your books and why?
Life is hard and it can be very dark. There will be things that happen to us that we cannot explain. And it will hurt deeply. But no matter what happens, or how dark the path is that God has us follow, He will always be there with us.

What are you writing now? Can you tell us a little bit about it?
I am now working on the second book, Son of Truth. In Daughter of Light, the reader is introduced to a ruthless assassin named Caleb Tala. Son of Truth will continue Rowen’s journey, but will now follow Caleb as he discovers who he really is and the choice he will have to make.

Do you have a website or blog?
I do have a blog. I write about anything and everything on my heart, from how to deal with bitterness and hurt, to regaining a faith lost, to what it’s like being a pastor’s wife. I also do book reviews, mainly Christian speculative novels. So if you’re looking for a good fantasy or science fiction, check out what I have to say.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Marcher Lord Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935929496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935929499
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies


  1. I love fantasy books and the power to touch someone and see a person's soul would be an amazingly scary and awesome power. This is going on the to read list for sure!

    1. Ginger, You are the winner of Morgan's book. Please e-mail me your mailing address. Thanks!

  2. I share Morgan's favorite scripture verse - John 1:5. It's a reminder that with God we never need to be afraid of the unknown. He is always with us. Another great review, Mary! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  3. Thank you ladies for stopping by :)

  4. I love fictional books,great review Mary.......

  5. Thanks Mary, Can't wait to read it.

  6. Hey Ginger! Congrats! Mary gave me your info and I will have a book out to you this week ;)