It all began with penguins and Mexico. Okay, I obviously don’t mean there were penguins in Mexico. Just bear with me for a moment, and I’ll explain.
I grew up along the banks of a lake in rural Louisiana. We’re talking the country—no red lights or restaurants. I went to a school with about 100 students total in Pre-K to 12th grade. I did not ride a rollercoaster until I was 14 or board a plane until I’d nearly turned 20.
|The lake where I grew up|
My writing journey began in the pages of my first notebook, which had Hello Kitty plastered on its front. I’d scratch out notes and little stories in my six-year-old penmanship. These scrawls expanded to diary entries and short stories.
|Me (on right), my brother and Mom in front of our house (Mom's going to hurt me for this one. lol - Check out my alligator visor hat. hehe)|
Enter my next influence—travel. I’d made a few rounds through some of our U.S. states by the time of high school graduation, but I was eager for my first international adventure.
It was that summer when God gave me the opportunity to serve him in Mexico, sharing the love of Jesus with children at an orphanage and the surrounding villages. I also felt His leading to study journalism and Spanish at university.
|In Mexico with some ninos (kids)|
In all this time, God was preparing me to fulfill my dream of writing a book and tell His story through it. All the lessons He has taught me, people I have met, and places I have seen form a vast pool to draw inspiration out of for my novels.
I’m thrilled to join fellow writers, travelers and believers in the ICFW blogging community. I look forward to sharing more about writing, travel, and faith in future posts. Happy Travels and God Bless!
|Scuba diving in Puerto Rico|
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Two women of two generations struggle in search of love, forgiveness, and a chance to follow their hearts and shed broken pasts. But will faith be enough?
Do you share a similar story to mine? Are you able to look back now and see the way God has led to His calling on your life? I'd love to hear your story.
Morgan Tarpley is an award-winning newspaper reporter and photographer in Louisiana. She is also a historical novelist currently seeking representation. Besides writing and traveling to over a dozen countries, her interests include acting in her local theater, photography, and singing.
For more information about Morgan, visit her website (www.morgantarpley.com) and blog (www.pensonaworldmap.com). You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.