Every once in a while, you have these moments you know will define you. Mark you. Change you forever. This was one of those for me. I had the crazy, amazing, life-altering privilege of singing in the Heaven Come Conference with Bethel Music this year. And wow. Just... wow. There is something indescribable about being in a room of 6,500 people singing out to the Creator at the top of their lungs. I mean, come on. You can check out a little of that night in the video. And you'll see my little mug anytime they zoom in on Jenn
Maybe you noticed it... maybe not. But in The Promised One, there are a WHOLE LOT of Hebrew transliterations. Pretty much every proper name, including all the places, provinces, towns, castles, kingdoms, plus all the character names (except a few — more on that in a bit) are Hebrew in origin. What's with that? There's a pretty simple explanation, actually. The book is an allegory of the Old Testament. (Well the first four books, to be precise. And yes, you guessed it, the books after that will be an allegory of the New Testament. You're welcome.) So I spent quite
I'm not very good at drawing people. Ask anyone who has asked me for art and they'll tell you... So this is your official disclaimer that this is merely my labor of love, by no means my crowning glory. Ha! But I needed to see Prince Ferryl and Elizabeth. I needed to bring them to life. So, my friends, I give you to you my OCs, in this piece I'm lovingly calling Dreamers. P.S.: Did you know that "chalam" is Hebrew for dream? Yes, that's a chalam tree behind them. They shared a chalam... they shared a dream, after all.
[av_video src='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6u0DGIh3wLA' format='16-9' width='16' height='9' av_uid='av-64rssu'] So.... music inspires me, in case you can't tell. And when I was writing The Promised One, that truth found no exception. Somewhere deep in the bowels of the singer/songwriter section of Apple Music, I found RHODES. And my life was never the same. His voice... like butter, baby. Like butter. (And he kind of reminds me of Ferryl a little bit. What do you think? Honestly, I love that in this video RHODES looks like Ferryl and Birdy looks like Elizabeth. It's serendipity, I'm telling you.) So needless to say about 93.37% of
Last week, Twitter blew up with the hashtag #MisandryInPublishing. Apparently some poor, hapless (male) soul posted that he believed it to be a real problem and women. went. nuts. Oh man, the hate on Twitter. It’s mind-blowing how nasty people can be sometimes. But I digress... The poor soul was obliterated by one cat-scratch after another—women on the man hate rant about how the entire concept of misandry in publishing is laughable at best. I read through the banter. I wondered as to the fate of humanity for a moment. And then I stated my peace and moved on. Yes,
Okay, okay, I know.... it's not a new book. I get it. You're probably even rolling your eyes at me right now, wondering why in the world I'm making a recommendation for a book that is from the 1970s... Here's the deal. It's perfect. I mean it. Fantasy. Romance. Humor. TONS of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. So much satire... SO MUCH. It's delicious, y'all. If you're like me, you grew up on the film. In fact, in my elementary school, superiority in the four-square game depended on who could quote the most lines from The Princess Bride. Guess who always won? *ahem*
Have you seen the trailer for The Promised One? If you have, then you've gotten a taste of an original composition of mine that I lovingly call Ferryl's Song. It's a piece I wrote for the trailer to tell the story arc of The Promised One from Ferryl's perspective—the peace of a lifelong love that is cast into shadow by dark magic, a journey to awaken the truth, and an ending that doesn't answer everything. Yes, every stanza of this piece tells that story. Can you hear it? Check it out! And yes, in case you're wondering... there is more
Hey guys! It's release day!! Hooray!! The Promised One is officially available for purchase wherever books are sold. Oh man, I am FREAKING OUT!!! I wanted to share with you an article from Ampersand Write, a writing community I am a part of. It was so much fun to answer these questions and I am thrilled to share with you just a little insight into the making of The Promised One. Enjoy! ~Morgan [separator type="thin"] Original article by Kristen Aitken, Ampersand Write Every once in a while, a story comes along that grabs you by the shirt collar and sweeps
I am a perfectionist. There. I said it. I like to wrap things up in a pretty box, tie a bow on them, and call them accomplished. I like to explain things. I like to categorize my life into snippets of theology. "Oh this? I learned ____________ from this. And that over there? That was the time I learned _____________." I think being able to define the incidents in my life has given me a sense of purpose. It has certainly given me a sense of sanity. So when I was faced with something I couldn't define, I was lost.
Guys... GUYS! The Promised One has a trailer! I am dying I love it so much. It was brilliantly crafted by Jagg Pette and the amazing team over at Jagg Pette Media. And yes, I wrote and performed the music for it. *sigh* Enjoy! And don't forget to preorder!
In honor of my book's upcoming release, I thought I might share with you a little bit about it. The story of where it came from, how it came about, and some of the why behind The Promised One: The Chalam Færytales. If you're in the street team, or if you've poked around my site or social media enough, you probably know that the first book (actually, the first three books) is an allegory of the Old Testament. In saying that, I want to make something clear: this is not a character for character, scene for scene allegory. Instead, it
I love to share the stories behind my songs. In fact, with most songs I love, I go hunting down the internet for the meaning behind them, and when I find some cool story or inspiration, I usually end up loving the song more. Which is why I started the Song Stories feature on my site. You Gave It All is one of those songs that just came out of me in a matter of a few hours. I sat down, knowing what I wanted to say and I said it. (They don't always happen that way, believe me.) But
So a few months ago, I had this idea: what if I made a group on Facebook for writers? A place where we could learn from each other, grow in our craft, figure out things as a community, problem-solve. So I just made one. I'll never forget that first day when I invited someone to join. About three members in, a person commented on my invitation to join and said, "Why would I join this? There are only three members." I was a little dejected, but I pressed on. Fast forward five months later and we're about 500 members strong
As a writer, I am deeply inspired by art and music. As an artist and musician, I am deeply inspired by the world around me. So whether I set pen to page, whether I write a song, whether I pick up my (digital) paint brush, I like to think that all of my art—in all of its forms—is really just continuations of each other. That one song led to one art piece, which inspired a scene in a book, which gave me an idea for a melody, which put a poem on my heart, and on and on. And so,
So most of you know I'm a musician. It's in my blood, it colors my world. So of course, music has had a HUGE impact on the writing and creation of The Promised One. It has been a labor of love that started with a tiny seed of an idea. Watered with passion and a whole lot of music, a story—a whole world—started growing. It's still growing. I love sharing it with you. So, I thought you might like to hear some of the songs that inspired the books. There are many, many more and I will add them over
Fallen in love with Ferryl and Elizabeth? Yeah, me too. Why not show your love with a little wallpaper? Available for your computer, phone or tablet, you can show the world your love for The Promised One and look good doing it. Many have asked the significance of the image, and while I can't give it all away (because the book will answer most of your questions), I can say that the image is of a chalam tree, chalam being the Hebrew transliteration for dream. The ancient Navarian legends say that those who share of the fruit from a chalam will share of
Oh man, oh man! I'm so excited, guys. It's time for another short story! This one takes us back to the very beginning—back to when Elizabeth and Ferryl first met, when their friendship first bloomed. You'll find out a little more about how Elizabeth came to Navah, about her mysterious past. And you'll find out what the world looked like through her five-year-old eyes. Not to mention you get to meet a whole slew of new characters, including Ferryl's surly brother, Derwin. It was such a blast to get into my characters' heads as children. I've been living in their minds,
I am so very thrilled to share with you something I have been working on for a long time (and consequently, something I've been *dying* to tell you about). I'd like to officially introduce you to the world of The Promised One, a fantasy series I've been writing since 2015. I'm currently immersed in the writing/editing/writing more/editing more life that is novel creation. It's a crazy world that I NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS thought I'd ever want to be a part of. But something just clicked in me one day about two and a half years ago, and since
So every once in a while, I dabble in my artistic side with a brush (or wacom brush, that is). I thought maybe you'd like to see what I do and maybe even purchase prints and more for yourself, if you're so inclined. So I set up a Society6 store. Nothing fancy, just a fun way to get some of my work out there. Hope you enjoy!
Sometimes the most profound lessons come from the most unexpected places. If you're paying attention at all, you've probably noticed that I haven't posted a blog in a long time. Like, more than a year. There's a reason, actually. Not one about which I will go into much detail at the moment, but suffice it to say that I have a reason for my absence, one that I hope will be something you enjoy. (Annoyingly cryptic, I know.) But not now, soon... That being said, I've recently gone through a rather profound chapter change in my life that I felt worth
Today, my heart is truly broken. Today, I mourn. Today, I feel betrayed. Flummoxed. Bamboozled. Duped. I didn't see this coming. Not for a thousand miles. Today the world found out that Josh Duggar is not quite the repented soul he had purported himself to be. I am going to step up to the plate here and admit that I was one of the first to jump on the defensive for the Duggar family, Josh being no exception. I believed him when he said he had made mistakes as a kid and had repented. I believed it because I believe
Some of you may have already heard, but something crazy amazing happened this Easter. As part of the Gateway Worship team and choir, it was mentioned that it would be awesome to have a choir descant to sing with Kari at Easter. I took it as a personal challenge and sat down at the piano one afternoon to see if the Lord had anything He wanted to write through me. He did. In the bridge of this song (at the 3:32 mark), you'll hear the descant that I wrote to Kari Jobe's amazing anthem, "Forever." (ProTop: You might even get