Behind the Glass by Kristen Morgen
Rebecca Jordan’s life is simple, disciplined and uncomplicated, at least on the surface, until she meets a handsome stranger/secret admirer named Michael Vale one fateful late night at a bookstore café downtown. Seemingly happy as a focused struggling photographer with a passion for art, her world is turned upside down during this life-changing encounter when she quickly realizes she has met her soulmate. The undeniable attraction between them and their intense, immediate connection seems picture-perfect as they discuss the shop’s local artwork together until Rebecca abruptly ends the chance meeting with no explanation.
Betraying Brett, her loyal, loving boyfriend is something she can never bring herself to do. Driven by a strong moral code molded by divorced parents and a tumultuous childhood, she struggles to stay away from Michael, but fate and coincidental circumstances intervene, bringing them back together time and time again. As much as she resists, there is no denying her true feelings for him and the simple fact that Michael understands her in a way Brett never has. Michael, an artist who teaches literature and art to children at his family’s horse ranch, proves to be everything she’s ever wanted but remains just out of her reach.
Behind the Glass tells the story of Michael and Rebecca’s extraordinary love and the many unconventional stages their relationship must go through to endure separation. Their morals and their faith in true love will be put to the test as they learn that meeting one’s soul mate does not come without obstacles.
Interview with Kristen Morgen
Tell us about your latest book? Is it part of a series? Behind the Glass is basically the culmination of a lot of themes that have always intrigued me as a reader. Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of love at first sight. Is it real? Can it happen in real life? And if it does, do people really live happily ever after? It was definitely the main theme for the story, but as a lover of romance novels, that would have been way too easy. So, what if two people met, fell in love, and were without a doubt, meant to be with each other, but had all the odds constantly stacked against them? If it truly is love at first sight, then in the end, it has to be a love worth fighting for. I love stories that torture you a little bit and make you really root for the main characters throughout the course of the story. Characters with depth and complexity have always appealed to me as a reader and I wanted to bring that complexity to this story as a writer. Life is not simple, and neither is love. As Michael and Rebecca’s story evolves, it becomes more about the unbreakable connection between two people and about taking chances together, no matter what the odds. Behind the Glass was self-published in 2014, and now has been re-released as a second edition, by my new publisher, Tamarind Hill Press with a new prologue and some new content. It’s also now the first book in the State Street Series and there will be more books in the future.
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Each of my books will be a standalone novel. They won’t be a continuing series. I made the decision to create a companion novel series and make Behind the Glass the first book in the State Street series. I had always planned on all my future books taking place in the same universe, namely in my hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, so it made sense. State Street is Madison’s renowned pedestrian mall that runs 8 blocks from the state capital building to the University of Wisconsin’s campus. It is home to retail shops, restaurants, museums, theaters and more! Behind the Glass is basically the anchor in an ongoing collection of novels that can be read individually but may have a few connections within them
What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? The one thing I will tell EVERY self-published author is this – pay the money to get it professionally edited and pay for a professional book cover design. It’s worth every penny. A good book cover sells your book, an edited book will help your reviews and the quality and feel of the story. Trust me on this!
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power? My favorite book is To Kill A Mockingbird. I read it in middle school and it was the first time I truly understood what a book could do, how it could leave an impression on you forever. I fell in love with books and reading after that.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters? I get inspiration from so many different places, but a lot of my characters are in some way at least, based on elements of different people I’ve known throughout my life. I also will sometimes read a character in a book or connect with one in a movie and it will give me ideas for characters in my own books. Sometimes the story also dictates a type of character that is needed for the story line, so it really depends. I really enjoy getting into the heads of so many characters and perspectives. Rebecca is a combination of a lot of people, some in my real life and some in my imagination or from stories I’ve read. I wanted her to feel relatable and real. I wanted my readers to connect with her and maybe find some of themselves in her as well.
What inspired you to become a writer? I’m educated and trained as a licensed architect, and I own my architectural firm. I’m not happy unless I’m creating something, whether it’s floor plans for a new house or writing a new love story, as long as I’m exercising the creative side of my brain in some way. I have had an unyielding passion for writing for most of my life and recently decided to seriously pursue a second career as an author of contemporary romance novels. The first time I realized how much I loved the act of writing was in high school. I was the kid who got excited when I saw essay questions on a test rather than multiple choice questions and most of my friends thought I was crazy! I absolutely loved and excelled in any English class I took throughout college and I found myself spending large amounts of time on writing assignments. My father is also a writer (more technical than creative) and he has been my writing coach my whole life. He always pushed me to be a better writer and could be quite tough on me at times (something I’m still thankful for). Although I pursued architecture throughout my life, I have always longed to write. So one day, I simply sat down and started writing Behind the Glass. What can I say? Writing is my drug of choice and I love getting my fix whenever I can!
What social media do you use to contact with your fans? I spend at least an hour every day, usually more, on social media. I’m very active and try to keep up with it every single day. It’s so important to be present and keep that connection with my readers and with my literary community.
What is your username on the different social media platforms? (do you want this information to be published
Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/authorkristenmorgen
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/kristenmorgenauthor
Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/kristenmorgenbeyondthebook
What’s your writing style like? My writing has been compared to Nicholas Sparks (huge compliment by the way!) and people have said “if you enjoy the heartwarming movies on Hallmark that make you swoon and smile and happy sigh, you need to read Behind the Glass.” So that might give you an idea! It’s technically New Adult Contemporary Romance but I think it appeals broadly to all ages.
What’s the inspiration behind your books? Behind the Glass is basically the culmination of a lot of themes that have always intrigued me as a reader. Like many people, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of love at first sight. Is it real? Can it happen in real life? And if it does, do people really live happily ever after? It was definitely the main theme for the story, but as a lover of romance novels, that would have been way too easy. So, what if two people met, fell in love, and were without a doubt, meant to be with each other, but had all the odds constantly stacked against them? If it truly is love at first sight, then in the end, it has to be a love worth fighting for. I love stories that torture you a little bit and make you really root for the main characters throughout the course of the story. Characters with depth and complexity have always appealed to me as a reader and I wanted to bring that complexity to this story as a writer. Life is not simple, and neither is love. As Michael and Rebecca’s story evolves, it becomes more about the unbreakable connection between two people and about taking chances together, no matter what the odds.
About the Author:
Kristen Morgen is a contemporary romance author and a licensed architect with her own architectural firm. A creative spirit, she can’t remember a time in her life when she didn’t crave designing, creating, discovering, and using her imagination in some way.
Her romance writing interests may seem rather different from her daily career, where she focuses on designing homes, but all good architects are, at heart, just artists creating something imagined onto paper. The two practices and creative processes balance each other well.
Kristen was an avid reader from an early age, and it was her love for the romance genre, her favorite guilty pleasure, that encouraged her to hone her passion for writing. She loves the art of shaping words and sentences into relatable stories while creating rich characters for her readers to connect with.
Her debut novel ‘Behind the Glass’ explores relationships and the little reasons people fall in love with each other while uncovering deeper truths.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, she currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not designing homes, she dedicates her free time to her second novel and reads almost anything she can get her hands on. Kristen Morgen is a hopeless romantic to the end. https://www.kristenmorgen.com/
About the State Street Series (from Kristen Morgen}
I’m so ridiculously excited that the NEW 2nd Edition of Behind the Glass, Book One of the State Street Series, will officially be released on 2/22/20! My new publisher, Tamarind Hill Press http://tamarindhillpress.co.uk/ and I are very proud to say that my book will be better than ever!! With a new prologue, along with new additional content, it’s now part of a series!
I’m looking forward to the success of the entire State Series, a collection of contemporary romance companion novels set in Madison, Wisconsin, my hometown. The books in this series revolve around the shops of State Street, Madison’s renowned pedestrian mall, a place near and dear to my heart. My hope is to bring a little taste of State Street to each book through my storytelling while creating rich characters, exploring relationships and the little reasons people fall in love.
Behind the Glass will be sold internationally on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Apple Books in e-book and in paperback. – Kristen Morgen