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Interview: Bo Briar, Author of Morgan Hall

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Bo Briar has lived most of her life between the big cities of London and Hong Kong.  She has travelled extensively, but will always return to these two cities where she feels most at home.  She has had a passion for art, music and architecture from childhood as well as all things ghostly. Her years at a British boarding school secluded in an ancient English county of majestic stately homes, historical towns and quaint medieval villages, nestled among mysterious forests and chocolate-box landscapes, formed many of her lifelong impressions, beliefs and ideas.

She fell in love with writing while at university where she would often diverge from composing dissertations to creating spooky stories. After taking a sabbatical from work in the hope of quality time with her two young children, she has also managed to complete and publish her first novel Morgan Hall. She is currently writing the sequel.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Re-reading, checking, re-writing, then re-reading and checking and re-writing all over again… and again… and again…

When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I wrote the first draft of Morgan Hall after having my first child. When she was a baby I was always alone at home with her for most of the day so did much writing, and somehow I was really inspired to at the time so it didn’t take long. I finished the polished version when I took a sabbatical from work later on though so it was an on-off thing. Left for a few years before proper completion.
However, I was inspired to write long ago when I was at school. School was set in an early 18th century ex-stately home with 300 acres of landscaped gardens and a glorious lake. The estate had been inhabited and owned by aristocratic families since the 12th century and the ruins of the old manor were both beside and at the bottom of the lake. It was both beautiful and spooky, and I had quite a few eerie experiences there of a ghostly nature. I did think to myself I must write a spooky novel one day in a similar setting but wasn’t actually able to sit down and do it until I was much older.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published (if any)?

Finding the right publisher was the biggest challenge.

Have you written a book that you have not been able to get published? If so, can you share a little about it with us?

No, Morgan Hall is my first book.

How did you come up with the title?

Morgan Hall is the name of the heroine, Christie Morgan’s ancestral home and is where the whole story began and ends. So it seemed fitting to name the book after it. I also really like the name.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?

Yes, I am working on the sequel to Morgan Hall and plan on creating a series. Like with Morgan Hall, the characters are passionate, dark, romantic, deep and intriguing. This time the story is very contemporary and takes the characters (new and old) from the UK up to the icy mountains of Switzerland and half way around the world to Hong Kong in the mystical East. The villain is even worse than the last! The sequel is much scarier. I get chills writing it.

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