Visit me at Kaki Warner’s blog today

You might have noticed I practically worship Kaki Warner, the super-star western-themed historical romance writer who was so kind to let me interview her here earlier this week. She was so gracious to return the favor. Today I’m guest blogging on her feature titled “Virgin No More,” where I talk about by [rocky] journey to publication and the inspiration behind Wilhelm Montegue, the hero of Song for Sophia.

Finding My Niche, or, Getting Away With Murder “I had trouble finding a home for my ill-tempered, OCD, borderline alcoholic, hallucinating, pianist, mathematics genius, former assassin, possibly gay, autistic savant hero. I wondered why.

My hero, Wilhelm Montegue, was inspired by autistic savants in real life and in fiction. I loved the idea of a person blessed with extraordinary talent yet also impaired by some emotional limitation. Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Ashley, and Lisa Kleypas, to name a few, wrote beautiful stories featuring heroes with some sort of mental disorder. I couldn’t get enough of this kind of tortured hero.

 I’d spent weeks researching savant syndrome and found more information than I knew what to do with. You wouldn’t believe how generous and candid the autism community is . . . Read the article here.
  • GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and you’re entered to win a free digital copy of “Song for Sophia” in your choice of Kindle, Nook, or iOS.


  1. Your post on the Virgins blog today is wonderful, Moriah. Lots of great insights into autism and funny stuff about your debut. I’m really impressed that you stuck it out and got your story published without glossing over the troubles of your hero. That took real persistence and courage. Bravo! Thanks so much for sharing and good luck with SONG FOR SOPHIA.

    • Kaki – Good timing! Is it good karma I was commenting on your blog the same time you were commenting on mine? You have fun, gracious blog followers, and I’ve had a ball chatting with them. Thanks again for hosting me. It’s a dream come true.

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