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Author Interview: Violet Morley Chats about Sprinkled in the Stars

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Get ready to learn more about the book Sprinkled in the Stars in this discussion with sapphic author Violet Morley.

Join us for an exclusive peek behind the scenes as we quiz Violet Morley about Sprinkled in the Stars, writing, reading, and more.

This book is part of the Beach Reads category in the 2024 IHS Reading Challenge.

Why did you write Sprinkled in the Stars?

This book was a way to pass the time during COVID. I’d always wanted to write, and when I found extra time on my hands, I decided to try and see if anything could come of it. Up until I hit submit, I was still determining if I’d even publish the story.

I had this scene in my head about this overwhelmed mother having a hard day with her daughter. That specific scene consumed my thoughts until I finally got it down, and the rest followed. What was special about Sprinkled was showing the different aspects of Autism. I wanted to show the spectrum and provide a positive representation.

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Parker will always have a special place in my heart. She is bold, questioning, and too smart for her own good but struggles with the more mundane parts of life. She has a bit of my wife’s soul in her, which might be why Parker holds such a special place for me. I also love the connection with Melanie, and developing those relationships was fun. We both have brown hair, and I can bounce a bit when excited, but that’s about where the similarities end.

How did you come up with the title for your book?

I’m notoriously bad about coming up with titles. Just recently, I was looking through the folder with all my drafts, and at first, the book was just Acting EMT (the two characters’ jobs). I was getting closer to finding a cover artist and still needed the book title. I was workshopping Rainbow Sprinkles, but it just didn’t feel right. My wife and I were coming up with names back and forth, and Sprinkled in the Stars came from that session. I was happy to have Sprinkles and stars in the title since they are important to Parker, but also Melanie is a movie star, so it all just fit.

If you’re planning a sequel, can you share a tiny bit about your plans for it?

I do have some plans for Kate’s story (AJ’s sister). I’d love to revisit the characters and check in on how they are doing. There is also an idea for Parker and Lila (from the Bigger Picture). I see them as roommates in college and have solid plans for them, but I would need to get on Kate’s story first.

Where do you usually write, and what do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?

I have a desk tucked away in the living room, where most of my writing takes place. The three major things I need in order to have a productive writing session are 1) something to drink (usually water, maybe soda, sometimes tea), 2) my noise-canceling headphones that play popular instrumental songs. These two things are needed in order to stay focused or else I’m always looking for something shiny and getting distracted.

Do you have any odd writing quirks?

Despite our preference of no shoes in the house, I need to be wearing sneakers (I have a pair of indoor shoes for this purpose) to get any writing done. For some reason they to help me concentrate and keep me grounded.

What author in your genre do you most admire, and why?

For non-sapphic authors, I admire Ken Follet and Phillippa Gregory. There might be a theme since I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and these two authors are amazing at historical worldbuilding and creating stories that suck you in.

As for sapphic authors, I admire Jae, Miranda MacLeod, and TB Markinson. Not only do they write amazing books, they also do so much for the community. I can’t imagine how much time these authors have put towards cultivating the growth we’ve seen.

Do you feel bad putting your characters through the wringer?

Yes, lol, I feel bad, but also it can be fun to create suspension, usually in the form of disaster (plane crash, earthquake, ect) The most any my characters went through the wringer was in Promises in Pompeii. Those characters couldn’t catch a break, and I did feel pretty bad having to keep throw things at them.

What books have you read more than once in your life?

There are many books I’ve read more than once. It’s hard to know what will get designated as a comfort book. When I first found sapphic books, I noticed many of my first books became favorites and were in the re-read pile. For example, Alone, the Dar and Kerry series, Backwards to Oregon are some of my favorite re-reads when I need comfort. Sometimes, I need the escape of a story I know well, and other times, it’s characters I want to visit again.

What book do you wish you had written?

I wish I’d written the Hunger Games. Not only is it a cool story, but having a blockbuster franchise sounds fun. It would also be a fun retelling (you can’t tell me Katniss and Johanna don’t have the makings for a great rival to lover’s story).

Meet Violet Morley

Violet Morley grew up on a small island in Alaska. She decided to trade rain and trees for trees and rain in the beautiful state of Washington, where she resides with her unbelievably supportive wife and their ferocious cat named Pigeon.

Writing has always been a hobby for Violet, but just recently, in 2021, it became a passion as she published a novel with plans for many more. When she isn’t writing, she’s getting lost in Sapphic books, especially since they don’t require her to leave the house.

Violet uses humor in her own life to tackle the more challenging times and humor again in everything else. She loves a good pun and a nice hearty beer.

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