The third book in The Rosie Black Chronicles is OUT NOW

Dark Star will be the final chapter in Rosie’s battle with Helios.

Will she win?

Who will survive?

Not everyone is going to get out of this one alive. 

Available from all good bookstores and online.

If like me you’re incurably curious about the writing process of your favourite authors, or just any writers in general than this blog is for you! I’ve been tagged to take part in the Writing Process Blog Hop by the irrepressible children’s author Cristy Burne.

                          cristy-burne-2          Cristy Burne is an author , science writer and presenter extraordinaire.  I first met Cristy through SCWBI and love to catch up when we can over coffee – which is never often enough. She is the author of the Takeshita Demons series which is based on Japanese Folklore and won the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award for diversity in children’s writing.

You can find out more about her at her Blog


Part of this Blog Hop is telling you about how I write by answering the Four Questions below, so here’s some insight into what goes on behind the scenes…..

What am I working on:

I’m madly trying to finish the third and final book in my adult fantasy series, The Twins of Saranthium. It involves flying serpents, resurrected ancient gods seeking to conquer all and the twin descendants of one of the gods who must save the human race or die trying. The stakes are high and it’s so complex it does my head in sometimes with the amount of characters but I love dealing with these kind of heroic epic themes.

 How does my work differ from others in the genre:

In my adult fantasy I’m more interested in writing about the people than the politics of the world, which can be unusual in epic/high fantasy which often delves greatly into the political games of the empires involved (think Game of Thrones for example) .  I prefer to concentrate more on the people and their relationships and how they deal emotionally as well as physically with the dire situations they find themselves in. In my young adult stories I’m a bit different from many other YA series as while the romance between the main female character and the boy in the story is important it’s not the main focus, what really drives the story is her journey and how what she’s experienced changes her and what she does to be the hero of the plot.

 Why do I write what I write:

Such a hard question to answer. I write what comes to me, and mostly it is fantasy or science fiction based stories. I write the stories that interest me, the stories the characters demand be told. I’m inspired by grand themes, the chance for someone ordinary to become extraordinary through  circumstance and sheer will.  Sometimes it feels like I’m the typist, the recorder of existing histories that must be told. I think  someone famous once said that.

 How does my writing process work:

I day dream about the book. I try to plot the book using a loose three stage story scale: opening catalyst that starts the story, mid point that drastically changes the story, resolution that ties up the story. I write character sketches and notes that I invariably lose, then I start writing. And everything changes as I go. Try as I might I cannot stick to any plot outline I write. It’s a very organic and maddening process and I’m trying to work more on putting together a more cohesive plot outline to follow as my time for writing has drastically reduced recently, but I’m not good at sticking to it. So really it’s ending up with a lot of words then editing and editing and editing. So you know, perfectly normal like most slightly unhinged writers. Oh and I must have tea to write. Not coffee. Tea, tea tea and procrastinating on Twitter.

Now it’s my turn to tag, and here are three other wonderful authors who can tell you about how they write…..

rhiannon hartRhiannon Hart.

Rhiannon is the author of the fabulously lush and gothic paranormal Lharmel novels, Bloodsong, Bloodstorm and Bloodqueen featuring blood cravings, animal companions and secrets – nothing is what it seems in Rhiannon’s world.

She lives mostly in Melbourne and we have never yet met in person but connected over the web and I’m sure if/when we do get together over a cup of tea, or a wine, the talking could go on for days.

Read Rhiannon’s blog here



raiwynRaewyn Caisley

Raewyn is a best selling children’s author including four in the Aussie Nibbles series (for 5 – 7 year olds) as well as a plethora of other titles too numerous to mention.

Reawyn is originally from New Zealand but has been calling Australia home for many years now, we first met when she came to Geraldton for a writers’ festival but we really connected at the recent AFCC in Singapore (I could tell you some stories about her there! But then I’d have to kill you so you’ll just have to use your imagination).

Author, educator and fabulous person, you can read Raewyn’s Blog here.





Julia Lawrinson Post photoJulia Lawrinson

Julia writes wonderful, witty, thought provoking books for teens about growing up and coming of age.  Sometimes wincingly funny, sometimes sad but always truthful, Julia’s books have won awards and been shortlisted numerous times.

She is also excellent at talking about and teaching writing, and gives lots of workshops and talks you should go to if you get the chance.

I met Julia,through SCWBI at a Rottnest Retreat and was in awe of her talent at telling it like it really is for teens.

Read Julia’s Blog here








I’m getting excited because I’m going to be in Perth next weekend, June 21 -22 for the Supanova Expo!

Supanova is big on the scifi fantasy calendar with big name stars coming from all over the world to talk about our favourite genre in TV, Books, Comics, Anime, Graphic Novels – you name it, it’s there. I’m going to be doing a panel called Blood on Your Hands on Sunday June 22 from 3.10pm with other stellar authors; Robin Hobb, Jo Spurrier, Colin Taber and Scott Baker and we’re talking about how we deal with maiming and torturing our characters. Fun times!

I’ll also be hanging around the Booktopia shop to sign books and I’ll have some freebies to give away on my fantasy series The Twins of Saranthium.

So come down and have a chat, dress up for Cosplay or just soak up the vibes and catch some of the fantastic panels, Here’s where you can get the Perth Program

CAM00151 The AFCC in Singapore has been an absolute blast with so much to listen to and discuss and all about writing for children and teens.

I’ve been listening to talks on digital publishing, pitching, writing from history and non fiction for children, writing a series, creating quirky characters and my own panel with Payal Dhar, and Sally Gardner about why we love writing fantasy and sci fi for young adults and the future trends in YA – which by the way we all agreed is impossible to predict!

CAM00153And take a look at the fabulous book store set up by the Wood in the Books! Just a taste of the imagination that’s gone into this fabulous international festival.

CAM00154???????????????????????????????In between the sessions I’ve been trying out all the delicious food in Singapore that I can. Here I am with fellow Australian authors Raewyn Caisley (left) and Deb Fitzpatrick (right) with me in the striped shirt, eating buttered battered squid, stir fried greens and the best green mango salad in Singapore I swear! And that was just one night.

I’ve also been to the amazing SEA Aquarium at Sentosa Island and strolled along the river in the evening light and it’s been thanks to the fantastic people at the AFCC and Writing WA.


Soon I’ll post in more detail about some of the panels but until then happy reading and writing

xxx Lara

Three sleeps ’til the AFCC Singapore

Posted: May 28, 2014 by laramorgan in appearances, Daily Scribe
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I’m almost all packed with shoes counted, dresses rolled to minimise creasing and the all important book to read on the plane chosen as I get ready to head to Singapore for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. And I can’t wait.

While there I’m doing a panel about the trends in and writing speculative fiction for young adults with two other fabulous writers, Payal Dhar and Sally Gardner. And I’m going to be heading to as many of the other sessions as I can.

I’ll be taking pics and blogging about when I can (wifi permitting!)  so look out for that. Ready to go!

xx L




Supanova Perth in June

Posted: May 15, 2014 by laramorgan in appearances, Daily Scribe
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I’m really excited to finally be able to tell you that I will be appearing at Supanova in Perth this June 21 and 22.
I’ve been a fan of the Expo for a while so it’s great to be invited as one of the authors.

Plenty of great authors are going to be there including Robin Hobb, Glenda Larke, Keri Arthur and Jo Spurrier to name just a few. Oh and some other vaguely famous people such as Jon Heder who was in that little known movie Napoleon Dynamite, John Barrowman from Torchwood and Doctor Who and Laurie Holden who did that barely recognised little tv show The Walking Dead. So, you know, just a few small timers (!! excited yet??)

It’s going to be a blast. So if you’re in Perth, come down and see me at a panel or have a chat at the book booth.
It’s going to be great!

Go here to find out all about it.

Betrayal Cover Reveal

Posted: May 12, 2014 by laramorgan in Uncategorized

The second book in my fantasy series The Twins of Saranthium has a cover!

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“When the old awake the two must sunder. From her pain shall come the light and so into darkness go. Who will sing her home?” Prophet Scrolls.

Shaan and Tallis have escaped from Azoth, but danger and death follow them. Azoth’s siblings, The Four Lost gods, have woken and they are far from the saviours the prophecies promised them to be. A war is coming between gods, serpent and man and the Twins may be the only ones who can stop it.

While Tallis is discovering the true depths of his powers – and the terrible consequences of their use, Shaan learns that holding the Birthstone has left more than a scar; a touch from her hand can now heal – or kill. Caught between her growing feelings for Balkis and the fear of what she might do, Shaan is ill prepared to learn the choice she must make to save those she loves. Victory against the gods is possible, but only through a devastating act of Betrayal….

Out in ebook on August 1

Well that’s what I’m going to be discussing when I go to Singapore later this year.
Yes I’m excited to have been invited to be part of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in June and I’ll be hopping on a (not Qantas) plane to see the beautiful garden city.

I’m doing a panel on June 2 with fellow authors Payal Dhal and Sally Gardner talking about the ins and outs of writing science fiction for young adults. We will probably also discuss the future of YA and trends over the past decades.

It’s  a topic that’s close to my heart because I’ve been hearing around the traps that dystopia is dead and ‘sick lit’ is the new big thing ; as in ill teens and broken hearted love, think John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars which has (and quite rightly) been a massive best seller. Well done John on your beautiful book

But…… much of the talk of the death of dystopia is coming from publishers and agents – and some book sellers – and I’m wondering what readers think.

Are you over the dystopia? Have the likes of the Hunger Games and Divergent and the movie franchises sucked the life out of the genre and you hunger now for different world?

I’m not convinced, but perhaps I’m grasping at straws because Rosie Black is dystopian and I don’t want to see a genre I love so much die. There are so many wonderful stories that are dystopian.

Perhaps it is the too familiar setting of a totalitarian futuristic world where a group of teens must overturn the status quo that has become too common place that it no longer holds interest. Maybe we need fewer female warriors with the token boy love interest to be replaced by a more complicated relationship where girl and boy are equal in their struggle. I’m sure there are books out there with that. Julianna Baggott’s books for example.

I think a big part of it could be that agents, and editors, are just sick to death of reading pile after pile of dystopian YA and can no longer see the wood for the trees, and possible don’t want to. I mean if you’re forced to eat nothing but chocolate cake day in and out for eons, then even if you love it you’re going to get very, very sick of it after a while. I’m not surprised many of them have dystopian fatigue – but does that mean readers do as well?

I still think that what readers want is a good story and characters they can love, people they want to know and cheer for. What we need is just to work harder on that and wring out our hearts and blood and tears creating stories that resonate and connect regardless of which world they are in.