I have Megan White, Author of The Supremacy series, Parish Secrets, and is one of the writers for the Prep for Doom anthology. Welcome to THE KATY! Megan is one of the first indie authors I read actually! I won an e-book copy of The Supremacy shortly after joining Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans and loved it. She agreed to join me today for a little Q & A session. 🙂
WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE AN AUTHOR, MEGAN? ANY BOOKS, MOVIES, OR SHOWS THAT SPURRED YOUR CREATIVITY?
First off, I want to thank you so much for having me! I did a little happy dance when you asked if I’d do a Q&A (yes, I’m a dork)!
And to answer your question of what made me want to be a writer, there’s really not one answer. I’ve always loved to write. As an extreme introvert in “real” life, I spend most of my time in my head–which can be a very scary place at times–but that’s how I’ve always been. I didn’t make the conscience decision to publish any of my jumbled words until I got a scary cancer diagnoses in my early 20s. It felt like it was the right time to put myself out there because I didn’t know if my time would soon be spent. It was my, “now or never” moment.
As to what inspires me, I’d have to say life in general. It could be a song, a couple walking down the street (I’m not creepy at all) or a life experience. The first book I read that made me fall in love with reading was, ‘I Am The Cheese’ by Robert Cormier. I remember being lost the entire time and I LOVED that I had no clue what was going on. It sparked my interest and kept me wondering what could possibly be going on. Those are the stories I love to read and aspire to create–one’s that keep you on your toes.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF BECOMING AN INDIE AUTHOR?
I think the major advantage is that indies retain full rights over their work(s). They can write whatever they choose without having someone standing over them telling them what will sell and what won’t. We aren’t held back by market fluctuations or forced to write something we might not be entirely passionate about. We are our own boss, but with that comes a lot of work. Traditionally published authors have a team of people working on their books from start to finish. When you’re an indie, it’s all on you to find the right people to surround yourself with.
YOU HAVE A YOUNG FAMILY. WHERE DO YOU FIND THE TIME TO WRITE?
Who needs sleep anyways? Nap time and bedtime is when I try to get most of my work done. During the day, I’m needed in other ways and my characters just have to hold their horses.
WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS FOR WRITING? PLOTTER OR PANTZER?
Both! I plot out where I think I want my characters to go, but they usually don’t listen. Like in The Supremacy, the big secret with that story is that in the original rough draft, Erin was supposed to kill Declan. Of course, Declan wasn’t having any of that.
WHAT DRAWS YOU TO THE DYSTOPIAN GENRE? ANY GENRE YOU PREFER READING, BUT NOT WRITING?
Art imitating reality? I see so much of our lives going in a very scary direction, I just push it a little further. The dystopian genre both thrills and terrifies me which is why I love it so much.
And I might have a romance obsession. Just a little one. Like 500 read novels on my Kindle within the last year. Not a big obsession at all…
WHERE DOES YOUR INSPIRATION COME FROM TO WRITE SUCH IMAGINATIVE STORYLINES?
I can’t take credit for that at all. They take over and I’m just the vessel. I tend to describe it like being possessed, just no foaming at the mouth or crab walking backwards up the stairs. Unless you enjoy crab walking backwards up the stairs. I won’t judge.
I LOVED THE SUPREMACY. THE TWISTS AND TURNS CAME AS A COMPLETE SURPRISE, WHICH IS REFRESHING AFTER READING MANY PLOTS THAT WERE A LITTLE TOO PREDICTABLE AT TIMES. WHERE DID THE IDEA FOR THAT SERIES COME FROM?
Ahhh! How can I answer this without spoilers? Basically, TS is industrial farming flipped on its head. As a teen, I took a tour of a chicken farm and the horrors of what I saw has stuck with me ever since. I took that experience and expanded on it.
I LOVE THE COVERS OF THE SUPREMACY AND IT’S SEQUEL, THE KEEPER. DID YOU DESIGN THEM YOURSELF? I LOVE THE WHITE SPACE PAIRED WITH THE INTRICATE ITEM ON EACH COVER. VERY COMPELLING!
Thank you! And I did. I have a love/ hate relationship with cover design. I did have a bit of a creative block with The Keeper’s cover and my good friend, Cheer Papworth, recommend the blood. You know, just to add a splash of color.
DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR CHARACTERS ARE A PIECE OF YOURSELF OR THAT YOU’RE WRITING ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE COMPLETELY?
I’d say a little of both. Some are who I wish I could be; some are who I’m terrified I might one day become. They’re all products of my twisted imagination.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS (COUGHMECOUGH)?
Never let anyone tell you that you can’t or that you won’t. And if they do, use their words as a driving force and prove them wrong. Then write a character about them and kill them. Or not, it’s up to you.
ANY FUTURE PROJECTS IN MIND OR ANYTHING THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON?
Always! If I’m not physically writing, I’m brainstorming (some call it day dreaming. Like my 3rd grade teacher who gave me red marks everyday. She was horrible. No names ’cause I’m too poor to sue). I’m currently working on ‘The Gathering’ which will mark the end of The Supremacy trilogy and I also have a super secret WIP in a genre I have never written in. But shhh, it’s a secret.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE WITH MY LOVELY AUDIENCE TODAY?
Just that I’d like to thank them for just being them 😉