First of all, Mackenzie Morgan is not my real name. I decided to use a pseudonym before I finished writing my first book. Why? Because everyone who knows me would be dumbfounded by the idea that I write fiction. People like me are frequently mentioned as classic examples of left-brain people. You see, in real life, I was a high school math teacher.
You just turned your nose up, didn't you? Don't feel bad. I'm used to it. And yes, you read that right - was. Past tense. I taught for 30 years and then turned in my chalk, overhead pens, grade book, and all the other paraphernalia that goes along with the job. And that's when I started writing.
I've been an avid reader all my life, and whenever I had trouble sleeping as a kid, or even as an adult, I'd make up stories or create new worlds. I wasn't thinking of writing them down. I was just passing the time until the alarm went off. Then, after I retired, I decided to see if I could come up with some stories that I could develop into novels.
If you've read the bio on any of my author pages, you know that I'm from the piedmont of North Carolina. I not only live in the south, I am southern. I like my coffee hot and my tea cold. I don't like sugar in my cornbread and I like muscadines straight off the vine. I like snow, in small doses, and I can handle the heat and humidity as long as the air conditioner doesn't give out on me.
I'm not a big city girl. I don't like noise. I like the quiet of the country. I'd much rather go for a walk in the woods than go shopping. I don't go anywhere that jeans and tennis shoes are not acceptable. I prefer sweatshirts to sweaters and tee shirts to blouses. I have yet to get a good night's sleep in a motel, but I sleep like a baby in my tent. I prefer the mountains during the spring, summer, and fall, but a quiet beach is my choice during the winter. I don't like to eat in restaurants. I prefer to do my own cooking, even if I do have to clean up afterwards.
I don't like crowds, and the only time I've been comfortable being in front was in my own classroom. I've attended a few conventions, both as a teacher and as a writer, but I can't honestly say I've enjoyed them. I'm sort of the antithesis of the person who never meets a stranger. I'm a very private person and am perfectly happy at home with my roommates.