Shayla Morgansen

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Hi! I'm Shayla, and making stories is the basis of everything I love and do. I write lengthy books about magical happenings in ordinary places, and the supernatural crossing paths with the everyday. My favourite themes to explore in these fantasy story worlds are interdependency, found families, us-against-the-world, and a good helping of angst.

​At home in Brisbane where I'm a happy little hermit, I'm married and a mum to our two adorable white cats. In my working life, I have been a schoolteacher, an editor, an assistant publisher and a lecturer. I'm too easily roped into study and am accidentally completing a PhD in Publishing Studies.
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Shayla Morgansen It's tempting to pull away from writing altogether when struck with writer's block, but then I find the pent-up, latent creativity that comes with abs…moreIt's tempting to pull away from writing altogether when struck with writer's block, but then I find the pent-up, latent creativity that comes with abstaining from writing drives me crazy. I've found the best medicine is to withdraw from the project that's holding me up so I don't force the issue, and work on something else. Fanfiction is the easiest: it doesn't need the backstory and the development an original piece needs but still allows me to practise and hone my skills as a writer. Plus it's fun to let out my inner fangirl and I love being part of fan communities!(less)
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The more things that you read, the more things you will know. The more things you know, the more places you’ll go. -        - Dr Seuss
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