t was likely her childhood—filled with imagination and adventure, music and art, many books and her beloved horses, all set against the spectacular backdrop of Georgian Bay, Ontario—that inspired Morgan Hayes to become an avid storyteller from an early age.
However, the writing bug didn't take full hold until the age of twenty-five, when Morgan decided one evening in early summer to write a novel. By the time she'd sculpted her way through her bachelor degree in fine arts, she'd also completed her first manuscript, and was well on her way to publishing her first Harlequin a couple of years later.
But Morgan wasn't satisfied to write what she knew. Her adventurous side led her to spice her romances with good doses of mystery and suspense, which ultimately led her to the meaner streets of Baltimore, where she found both love and inspiration.
Her extensive and ongoing research with the city's homicide unit is a continual source of ideas for stories, but mostly for characters. "These determined and dedicated detectives are inspiring models for the kinds of strong and intriguing characters that inhabit the pages of the books I love to write."
"They tend to be 'dark' and emotional," Morgan says of her novels. "I love the combination of intense, psychological suspense and the tangle of emotions that comes with falling in love. I don't think I could write a love story without mystery or suspense. It's such a natural combination for me."
Morgan has written several books for Harlequin, all of which are fast-paced romantic suspense. Her second Harlequin Superromance, Premonitions, received the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award in 1995, and her Temptation, Seduced by a Stranger, won first-place in the RWA's Kiss of Death Award in 1998.
Morgan currently resides along the rocky shores of Georgian Bay with her best friend and trusted muse, Murph the dog.