24 February 2016

Who is Piper Morgan?

Author Stephanie Faris has compiled a series of books starring Piper Morgan. This adorable character has fascinated me ever since I saw the very first cover of the series, Piper Morgan Joins the Circusand now I have the opportunity to interview Stephanie, and I finally had a chance to ask her, "How did you come up with Piper Morgan and how did you decide on that name?"

Stephanie is my guest today and she answers this question for all of us. Thanks, Stephanie!

What's in a Name?

by Stephanie Faris

A TV series about a woman in prison inspired the name Piper.

Yes, you read that correctly. Piper on Orange Is the New Black was the inspiration for my main character’s name. It wasn’t a direct connection, though. I keep a spreadsheet of first and last names I like and mark them in red when I’ve used them. I added Piper to that list while watching the series and, soon after, when I needed a name, it jumped out at me. It was the perfect name for my spunky chapter book heroine.

I knew Piper would have numerous adventures, but I wanted them to relate to everyday things children’s parents do. Most kids are curious about careers, especially exciting ones. What kid wouldn’t love to hang out with her mom at the circus all day, every day? And a rescue shelter is a natural for a children’s book. All those adorable little dogs and cats, just waiting to be adopted? She also works in the principal’s office and at a pool and spa store, where she (spoiler alert!) gets to be in a commercial through a series of events.

I had tons more ideas for adventures for little Piper, but I’m not sure if the series will keep going after book four. If so, I’d love to have her helping out while her mom works at a department store (window displays anyone?) and maybe working somewhere fun like an ice rink or movie theater. I doubt a temp worker would be sent to those last two, though.

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Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.

Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive.

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