Ava Morgyn grew up falling in love with all the wrong characters in all the wrong stories, then studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. She is a lover of witchcraft, tarot, and powerful women with bad reputations, and she currently resides in Houston surrounded by antiques and dog hair. When not at her laptop spinning darkly hypnotic tales, she writes for her blog on child loss (forloveofevelyn.com), hunts for vintage treasures, and reads the darkest books she can find.
How did you get published?
I queried literary agents until I found my way out of the slush pile. If you want to be an author, my advice is to write what excites and inspires you, hone your unique voice, and persevere.
What do you do aside from writing?
I mom, I thrift, I cook, I read, I binge watch my favorite shows, spoil my dogs, endlessly decorate my house, toil in the garden, and try to regularly lose myself in the woods.
A few of my favorites include Wuthering Heights, Mists of Avalon, The Handmaid's Tale, The Last Unicorn, The Red Tent, The Foretelling, Social Creature, Vita Nostra, Circe, Slewfoot, The Secret History, The Binding, and anything by Eve Chase.
What is SUDC?
SUDC stands for Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood and can occur in children from 12 months to 18 years of age. In late 2017, my beautiful, fearless, and beloved daughter, Evelyn, died this way in her sleep. She was 18 years old and two weeks away from going off to the college of her dreams. We are still working with researchers to try and determine the exact cause of Evelyn's death, but it is believed she suffered from a fatal arrhythmia. You can learn more about SUDC at the website for the SUDC Foundation. You can read more about Evelyn and my experience of grief and child loss at my blog ForLoveofEvelyn.com.