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Interview With Author Morgan Shamy

There is so much to love about Morgan Shamy’s new novel, The Dollmaker. It has an intriguing premise, gorgeous cover art, and even a fabulous audiobook version. I chatted with Morgan about what went into creating this story and her wonderful advice about never giving up.

Author Morgan Shamy

What is the premise of The Dollmaker?

The Dollmaker is a retelling of Jack the Ripper set in the 1920s. He’s a serial killer who creates “art” from women’s bodies. Though it seems gory, it isn’t. It’s more of a haunting mystery with ballet and romance.

I read that you are an ex-ballerina and I see there are ballet slippers on the book’s cover. Did your experience as a ballerina impact your novel?

Yes! I incorporate dance into all of my novels! It’s so ingrained in me, and the ballet world is so magical, I want to share it with my readers. The Dollmaker isn’t a ballet book, but ballerinas do play a part.

I see you have also written a trilogy and another standalone novel. What are the differences and similarities of writing a series vs. a standalone. Do you have a preference?

I absolutely LOVE my DARK NOCTURNE series. I’m so proud of that work. (Instead of ballet, it has ballroom dancing!) I have a project right now that I’m hoping will sell to a publisher. I think it is a brilliant series idea. Though as far as what I prefer, it certainly is a lot easier to write a standalone! Though I do love the challenge of a series.

What was the path for publishing The Dollmaker?

I actually didn’t submit The Dollmaker long. My agent did a deal for this book right away, and I absolutely love my publisher! Though it has taken years to sign other books. It’s so hard to know what we’re getting into when we write a book!

Your book comes out this month! Any exciting book launch plans?

I will be having a book launch/signing party, which will be fun! And I will celebrate with friends online. The amount of support I get from my writer friends is absolutely astounding.

What's a piece of advice you’d give to aspiring authors?

If you follow my twitter, you know I talk about this a lot. But it honestly comes down to not stopping. This business is HARD, and it can have a lot of heartache. After I parted ways with my second agent, I stopped writing for a while because I broke. But then I tried again. And again. It’s been a ten-year process to finally hold my books in my hands! So yes, despite rejection and fear and heartache, if you push past it, I 100% believe that things will align for you.

Where can people get your book?

The Dollmaker is for sale everywhere! Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Target, Walmart, on my publisher’s website, and I’ve seen it quite a few other places, too. I also want to give a shout out specifically to the audiobook. It is narrated by Kate Rudd, who did John Green’s “The Fault in our Stars.” It’s seriously amazing, and I hope readers will pick that up too!

Where’s the best place to follow you?

I’m most active on Twitter. But I do spend a lot of time on Instagram and Tiktok, and occasionally on Facebook. I really enjoy social media and marketing. It’s fun! Here are some links:


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