Author Morgan Tarpley Smith is a world traveler who weaves stories of history and heart. She loves to write inspirational fiction that transports readers to faraway places and intertwines past and present to explore questions of truth and faith.
Her debut for fiction released in September 2023 with Barbour. A Louisiana Christmas to Remember is a contemporary novella collection of three interconnected stories written by Morgan and authors Betsy St. Amant and Lenora Worth, who are all natives of Louisiana.
She also co-authored a non-fiction book with award-winning author Melanie Dobson – A Split in Time: How to Write Dual Timeline, Split Time, and Time-Slip Fiction. She is the founder of A Split in Time Fiction Group on Facebook for lovers of novels where the past and present collide and its companion Goodreads group, Split Time Fiction that Travels. She actively promotes this unique style of novel through the groups, her newsletter, social media, and partnering with both authors and publishing houses.
Her travels to over a dozen countries, her faith in Christ, and love of history fuel the inspiration for her stories. She is an award-winning journalist who works as a freelance writer and publishing assistant and lives in Louisiana with her husband and son. Morgan is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray with The Steve Laube Agency. For more information, connect with her on social media or message her here.
Thursday, November 16: Book Signing from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Initially Blessed for the Jena Block Party in downtown Jena, La
Friday, November 17: Book Signing at Barnes & Noble in Shreveport, La with Betsy St. Amant
Saturday, December 2: Book Author Event at 10 a.m. in Baton Rouge at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library with Betsy St. Amant and Lenora Worth
Saturday, December 16: Book Signing from 1 to 3 p.m. at Stella’s Christmas Shop in Natchitoches, La
Saturday, September 9: Book Signing in Jena, La from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 21: Book Signing in Leesville, La starting at 4 p.m.
More about Morgan
My life’s mantra seems to fit well within the following quote from Albert Einstein: “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”
My book characters follow a similar mindset.
Some fun things I’ve done are:
- eat termites in a Costa Rican jungle by an active volcano
- ride camels by the Great Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt
- swim in a bio bay in Puerto Rico (view one here!)
- backpack through the United Kingdom and Ireland
- attend a traditional German dance in Munich
- float in the Dead Sea in Jordan
- compete as an amateur boxer
- take fencing lessons
- land a lead role in a play and be an extra in a movie
- study Spanish abroad
- attend the New Year’s Eve Ball at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria
Need proof? Check out my Instagram feed for photos of the amazing places I’ve been.