Guest post by Terri Morgan
author of Playing the Genetic Lottery
Libraries are awesome. As an avid reader, there's no way I could afford my reading habit without libraries. I read, on average three to four books every week. Even with the availability of free downloads for my Kindle and swapping books with friends I'd still go broke if it wasn't for libraries. Where else can you find a huge array of reading material? Books that you can borrow for free? It's amazing when you stop to think about it.
I'm lucky to live in a county that values libraries. There are 12 public libraries in Santa Cruz County, including four that are within a three mile radius of my home. And I take advantage of them regularly.
I'm an eclectic reader. Fiction is my first love, so I usually stock up on novels. I love discovering new authors, at least new to me. It's a thrill when I read a terrific novel, then discover the author has also written several more; many of which are on the shelves of one of my local libraries. I also love to explore non-fiction books on subjects like biographies, history, sailing, photography, nature, sports, and, well, whatever catches my eye or my interest at any given time. My idea of a good time is wandering through the stacks and picking up whatever book on any topic that looks intriguing. I've discovered so many fascinating subjects that I never even realized I was interested in until I found a book about it on the shelves.
Libraries are also indirectly responsible for my career choice. I majored in biology in college, and would often go to the library to study between classes. Instead of hitting my text books, however, I'd wander through the fiction section. Invariably, I'd find something I just had to read, and I would forget about studying. I was also interested in writing, but assumed that was just something I'd do as a hobby, not a career. Eventually I realized I was much more interested in reading and writing than biology. After graduating from college, I started working as a freelance journalist, and have never looked back or questioned my career choice.
After writing thousands of newspaper, magazine, newsletter and web articles, along with a number of non-fiction books for young adults, I published my first novel earlier this year. I hope some day some avid reader discovers Playing the Genetic Lottery on a library bookshelf and uses it as a springboard to a rewarding career.
Terri Morgan is a freelance journalist who's work has appeared in dozens of different magazines and newspapers. She is the author of four sports biographies for young adults, and the co-author of two others. She is the co-author of two books on photography: Photography, Take Your Best Shot, and Capturing Childhood Memories, The Complete Photography Guide for Parents. Playing the Genetic Lottery is her first novel. She lives in Soquel, California.
Playing the Genetic Lottery Blurb:
Lots of kids think their parents are crazy at one point or another. Caitlin's really are. Both her mother and father have schizophrenia, and Caitlin and her older brother grow up trying to navigate the chaos of living with two mentally ill parents. Now a young mother herself, Caitlin reflects back on her childhood, her efforts to create a peaceful and serene life for herself, her family, and the emotional scars and fears she still can't shake.
About the Author:
Terri Morgan is a book junkie and freelance writer from Soquel California. She reads at least 3 books a week, and gets nervous if she doesn't have new reading material available. When not reading, she is often found writing. Over the past three decades, her work has appeared in hundreds of different magazines, newspapers, newsletters and on websites. The author of 4 non-fiction books for young adults, and the co-author of four additional non-fiction volumes, Terri released her first novel, Playing the Genetic Lottery, as an e-book in late 2011. She is preparing to publish a paperback version in early 2012.
To learn more about Terri Morgan and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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