Salzburg, Austria
Morgan Tarpley Smith is a kid at heart with an active imagination that she doesn’t like to rein in.

She is an award-winning newspaper reporter who loves to travel the world and write quirky Middle Grade novels that she would have loved as a kid as well as adult inspirational fiction with stories of past and present that intertwine and stay with you long after The End.

At the request of local teachers, she speaks to area middle school classes about writing and following dreams. She has also taught classes about how to build a portfolio for writers at a local writer’s conference.

She is a member of the SCBWI, ACFW and The Writer’s Block group of the Institute of Children’s Literature (ICL). Besides writing and traveling to over a dozen countries, her interests include acting, genealogy and non-toxic living. She is also a social media marketing consultant. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and son.

For more information about Morgan, connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

More about Morgan
Her 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.”

Her book characters follow the same mindset.

Some fun things Morgan has done:

-compete as an amateur boxer

-earn a scuba diving certification in Puerto Rico

-eat termites in the Costa Rican jungle

-ride camels in front of the Great Pyramids

-take fencing lessons

-study Spanish abroad

-backpack through the United Kingdom and Ireland

-land a lead role in a play and as an extra in a movie

-attend the New Year's Eve Ball at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria

Need proof? Visit Facebook or Instagram to view photos from her adventures.