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C.G. Morgan

C. G. Morgan grew up in the Southwestern United States where she currently resides with her family. For The Love of Honey is her first published book. Prior to beginning her writing career, she worked as a business/computer instructor. Her interests include organic gardening and tending a small Pomegranate orchard. Her fascination with people and the nature of the human psyche, coupled with her studies in psychology, result in multi-dimensional characters unlike those generally encountered in fiction today. Her greatest asset as a writer is her sense of humor which is reflected throughout her work.


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"A charming, unique example of Southern historical fiction."

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Hometown El Paso, Texas

Favorite author Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Favorite book The Hummingbird's Daughter

Favorite line from a book "Are you speaking it now?"

Favorite word It must be 'sorry' because I sure say it a lot.

Passion in life Reading, Writing, People, Children and Animals


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FICTION & LITERATURE
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ISBN: 978-1478706403
Page count: 668pp

In Morgan’s strangely hypnotic debut novel, a poor mountain girl tries to live her life on her own terms.

Honey Giles was born on the top of a mountain outside the small town of Enna Rush, and this novel tells her story from the ages of roughly 6 to 16. Although the story never clearly establishes its year and locale, it appears to take place in late-1960s Appalachia, although Honey and her family live a decidedly pre-World War II lifestyle. She’s a narrator with more verbal and orthographic tics than you can shake a stick at, including mountain grammar (“Granny enters her quilt in that quiltin’ contest and don’t she always get herself one a them Blue Ribbons.”), seemingly random capitalization and a compulsion to spell long words on the fly (C-O-N-T-R-I-T-E….This one’s an Adjective.” ). The sprawling novel’s accumulation of minutiae tends to obscure its darker moments, during which Honey is socially ostracized, bullied, nearly raped (twice) and, later, nearly murdered. However, she has an entertaining, sharp mind and a determination to stick to her goals, and her more enlightened teachers parlay her spelling compulsion into a shot at the statewide spelling bee championship, a development that drives much of the story. Along the way, Honey is prone to interminable tangents (including recipes and mountain lore) and is often clueless about plot twists that many readers will likely see coming. That said, the novel is less about plot than character, and although some readers may find Honey’s first-person dialect irritating at first, many will come to find it oddly engaging.

A charming, unique example of Southern historical fiction.