Many voices, one community

Authors of Main Street started fortuitously for me…a group of authors who never met, getting together to write about small town life authentically from real life perspectives. We all write. We all laugh. We all have a burning desire to touch others with our work, hoping to create characters and stories that energize, provoke and resonate with our readers in a lasting and meaningful way.

Sometimes meaningful only lasts a day, or an hour, or as long as it takes to read each story, smile or wipe a tear from the eye and say: I feel better for having read this.

Yep, we’re all different, with different strengths, foibles, and quirks. Yet we’re all the same in our love of small town family life.

The Differences: I like to toss people around and poke them with sharp pointy things. I also have a deep seeded love for food — creating edible wonders — gardening, and all things Scottish…what can I say? That’s part of the Highlander DNA that resides in these short bones! We like to bash…hazard of having Scottish-Viking genes. Others here at Authors have that Southern Woman charm that’ll knock you off your feet. Then there’s that California Woman know-how that I envy, East Coast savvy that’ll make your head spin and wish you had half their talent (and in one case an invisible chauffeur named, Myren) and a dash of Canadian to brighten our days and remind us what cold really is. We have more than one world-traveler, but we have one who’s been to so many places she makes the royal family look like slackers when it comes to globetrotting. I think I’m the only native Midwesterner, but we’ve got the Pacific Northwest covered, the East-coast, Texas covered more than once, and the South as a primal force, all sprinkled with a dash of everywhereness in our group!

Here are a few photos from this year’s Romantic Times Magazine Convention where my husband and I showed writers and readers how to handle various martial arts weapons. We had a phenomenal time and the participants loved it. Where else can you see, touch and be shown how to hold and strike ancient weapons (most martial artists are very protective of their weapons and should be if they actively train with them, like I do)?

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The Similarities: We are all mothers, some of us have the privilege of being grandmothers as well. We all love reading and writing romance from cowboy to comedy and everything in between. No matter what our unique interests bring to the diversity here at Authors of Main Street, one thing unifies us and ultimately defines each of our stories: Family. Some of us view family as encompassing more than just the blessings of birth. We add our community to our stories. Community, the crazy, wonderful, loving extension of family.

Here are some photos from Milwaukee Scottish Fest and Spring Highland Games from June 7, 2014. I am the Wisconsin State Commission for my Clan, Clan Donald. Believe me when I say, family—especially those we choose– isn’t just something we write about, it’s how we define ourselves…it’s the best part of who we choose to be.

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We, the Authors of Main Street, would love to share our Authors of Main Street Community with you. Delve into small town Americana with our newest celebration of life, love and joy and romantic offering, WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET, available at most online e-book sellers:

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I guarantee you will find more than one story that will touch your heart, fill you with hope and make you smile, sometimes through the tears. Join us, enjoy us, review us! You’ll be happy you did.

Leigh

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17 Responses to Many voices, one community

    • leighmorgan1 says:

      Thanks, Susan. I’m just happy to be a part of it! The journey is proving to be fulfilling, entertaining and different with each passing day.

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  1. Kristy Tate says:

    Isn’t it amazing how women are always women? There’s a saying that men are born boys, but a girl is always a woman. So true. I once had the privilege of sitting at a dinner table with the mega bestselling author Linda Howard. Did she talk about literature? Writer’s conferences? Agents? Plot lines? No. She kept us all laughing with stories about her family. (I also have Scottish heritage, my mother was a Lewis. Sadly, I know nothing of weapons..except for words. And those are the most painful.)

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      I can teach you weapons basics, Kristy, no worries on that one! We are all women first, no doubt about that one! Family, as frustrating as they can be, is always a comedic talking point :). I know mine is—birth and those I choose.

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  2. It’s wonderful that you have enough in common to understand and work well with each other, yet have enough differences to keep variety in your work to hold the interest of many readers! I look forward to reading the new bundle of WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET.

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      I know you’re going to enjoy the Weddings on Main Street bundle, Hope! If you have the chance, please leave a review….it helps more than you know! It is wonderful to collaborate with these authors. I think we are really onto something special on Main Street! Thanks for visiting and for Reading!

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  3. E. Ayers says:

    Leigh, you’ll have to take some time and share some basics with all women about protecting ourselves. Especially as we age, we become targets for purse thefts, etc. As you said our common link is that we are women and women share with one another. What would we do without our female friends?

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      Agreed! I do workshops on basic self-defense for writers so #1 they can describe the action while seeing what works and what doesn’t and #2 so they can learn basic techniques that work. Every time. I love sharing that part of my life and would be happy to do anytime and almost anywhere :).

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  4. leighmorgan1 says:

    In honor of our WEDDINGS on MAIN STREET box set I thought I’d post photos of my wedding when I was 21 and our “booster-shoot” renewal ceremony with our family and friends in Scotland 20 years later. Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/leigh.morgan.5817?fref=ts

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  5. I love the authors of Main Street. Thanks for sharing. The books were allllll fabulous!

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      Thanks, Jeanie! It makes my day– every day– when readers enjoy us individually and as a group. We will continue to define and grow our Authors of Main Street community. It is our goal to provide great stories at great prices…One stop shopping for your small-town romance fix! 🙂

      Happy Reading and Thanks for Visiting! If you want to, please join our FB page and my Leigh Morgan FB friend page. There will be news on this blog and on FB for our future box set releases and our individual releases. Much Love ~ Leigh

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  6. Joan Reeves says:

    I loved your post, Leigh! I studied Okinawan-style karate when I lived in Japan many years ago, but that was before weapons were used in class. I was one of a handful of women, and I’m rather petite at 5’1″. Just about all the men in class were Okinawan and about my height, but they were built like oak trees. All instruction was in Japanese and when you defended against strikes, nobody pulled punches. I was black and blue all over the first few weeks in class.

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      After 23 years, I’m still bruised after training…it’s all good though ^_^. (Lavender epson salt baths and a tall beer after a work-out help). Going up against any skilled opponent is a challenge. We don’t pull punches, everything is done with full power, but in our dojo we do touch contact. Every once in a while that means you get tagged solidly and the wind goes out of you, but that’s just part of the process. More often than not that happens with lower rank who aren’t fully aware of their power and need more work on controlling their technique, but it happens. If it happens more than once in a class though, higher rank reminds them ~ physically ~ that control matters :).

      I love training. I think it makes me a better and more whole human being. I’m hoping I’ll be doing Karate and weapons until the day I die. Not for self-defense, anyone who’s done 6 months of training knows that, but for the art and spirit and life-affirming aspects of it. It all enhances my life and my art.

      Wow, Joan~ 5’1″~ you are petite! I thought I was a shrimp at 5’3″&1/4, and I am compared to the monsters I train with :). I know exactly what you mean about oak-tree-inmoveability, no matter how tall.

      We should get together with the rest of the ladies in this group and do some basic self-defense seminars. I think that could be a blast!

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  7. Carol says:

    You never fail to amaze me, Leigh. What a bundle of energy. And speaking of bundles…Weddings On Main Street is filled with many voices who came together to bring readers another collection of great stories. I know it’s going to be another best seller!

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    • leighmorgan1 says:

      Thank you, Carol! I think every voice here is unique and wonderful. The AoMS Christmas bundle was touching and filled with the romance, hope and love of the season. I think the Weddings on Main Street bundle is every bit as special and heart-warming. I prefer my romance sassy and a little steamy, that’s there, but so is sweet and charming, moving and funny. I’ve loved every story! Can’t wait for the next one 🙂 hopefully after this one hits the various Best-Sellers lists.

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  8. monarisk says:

    Thank you, Leigh, for a wonderful, uplifting post. I’m proud of being part of Main Street.

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