Lara Morgan is a pen name I use to write fantasy and science fiction. I have also written under the name Lara Martin as well as my maiden name, Lara Brncic – one which many find much more difficult to pronounce.
I’m a first generation Australian (my mother is Bermudian and my father Croatian) and I grew up in the towns of Mount Helena and Chidlow in the hills outside of Perth, Western Australia where the trees are tall, the summers are hot and it wasn’t unusual to find a snake in the grass down the back of the block. I was a bookworm of a kid spending a lot of nights reading with a torch when it was supposed to be lights out and wrote my first book when I was still in primary school: a blatantly plagiarized version of The Magic Faraway Tree – thank you so much Enid Blyton for your stellar imagination.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Western Australia where I met my partner, Grant, and have lived in Geraldton since 1993 – not counting the months where we’ve run away to join the backpacker circus in Europe, North America or Asia. I’ve worked as an arts project officer, been production manager of a newspaper and a consulting editor and even at one stage had a great time writing a weekly TV column where I criticized everything with ferocious abandon – but then there came a time when I had to grow up and find my real job AKA being a writer. If you want to know how I got published click on the Writing link for the full thrilling story.