Megan Rivers is a new author, recently self-publishing her first book in her young adult series, Song for You, “A Fateful Melody.”
The second book in this series is due out in the Spring of 2017. She is also working on other novels, including a mystery series, a supernatural adventure, and a collection of short stories.
Until MarchMegan is offering A Fateful Melody for free for anyone who signs up for her email list at http://eepurl.com/cnTmq1
When and why did you start writing?
I started writing at a young age. My first serious story was written when I was seven and it was about a poor family who lived in their pick-up truck and had a winning lottery ticket; the plot was how the young girl was the only one well enough to walk into town and claim the ticket and it followed her journey. Writing was a way to live in my own world. As I grew up, I went into journalism, but still wrote creatively. In college I changed my major to writing (focusing on creative and technical) and literature and have been writing ever since.
What inspires your writing?
Many things inspire my writing: a quote, a [day]dream, a “what would happen if” moment. However, I feel most inspired when I’m alone in nature, whether it be on a hike, camping, a vacation, or sitting in the yard.
How would you define creativity?
Creativity is being able to define the world in your own terms. Many artists define feelings and life in their work. Being creative is translating part of yourself into a piece of art.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
Sometimes the fire lights itself and I’m lost in a different world very easily. Sometimes I begin with free writing. When I’m really stumped, I’ll take a character, setting, or piece of a story and write another piece using it. Sometimes it makes me understand a character better.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Stop waiting for opportunity to approach you and plow your own path.
What do you believe makes for great writing?
There are two things that make writing great: (1) Keeping the audience’s attention; making them care for your characters, and (2) being able to manipulate descriptions and words so that something as simple as a sentence can take a reader’s breath away.
Which writers have influenced your writing?
Jonathan Carroll has been a huge influence. He likes to add pockets of insights and forgotten truths into his stories. The way he weaves it into the plot is something I aspire to do.
How do you measure success as a writer?
Being able to reach your dreams—to have at least one other person read your work is how I measure success. Your words are settling in the minds of a stranger and painting the world you created. You’ve done something magical.
Have you ever hated something you wrote?
No. There have been times when I’ve come across something I wrote years ago and have seen how much I’ve grown as a writer, but I couldn’t possibly hate any of my words because I’ve spent so much time translating the language of my soul.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
My biggest fear as a writer is losing my love for it. When I spend a day writing—when ideas and words flow through me like a rainstorm—I am so utterly and completely happy. If I ever lose that endorphin rush from writing, it would be my biggest fear.
What traits do you feel make a great writer?
Courage and ambition make a great writer. The hardest thing for a writer is to write because we are often afraid of the criticism. Putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) takes courage and to do it often takes ambition.
Describe your latest book to our readers
“A Fateful Melody” is the first book in my young adult series, Song for You. It’s a fictional memoir of Christie Kelly, someone who is not highly thought of in the media due to her relationship with the every-popular lead singer and guitarist of rock band Prey for Chance, Galvin Kismet. This three-book series tells Christie’s side of the story and you’ll end up rooting for her every step of the way.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
That there is more to life than our daily decisions; that there’s a bigger plan in place. Everything happens for a reason. And to, perhaps, understand the soul of a writer a little bit better.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Write for you. Don’t write to publish or win a contest. Don’t write for notoriety or attention. Write to cleanse your soul and to give your heart a voice.
Can you give our audience a writing prompt to help get them writing?
In need of a printer for a school/work project, you hastily pick one up at a thrift store. While you plug it in and hope that it functions, you realize it isn’t printing out your report, but, instead, prints out the memories inside your head.
What’s next for you?
I have a few novels in the works as well as a collection of short stories and poetry that will be published. I am also looking into publishing pieces in other publications and entering them in a few contests.
by: Megan Rivers
Dreading a life with her estranged father in Australia, fifteen year old Christie Kelly finds herself seated next to the young, sultry voice of world-renowned rock star, Galvin Kismet on the transpacific flight. In this time of uncertainty and distress, a friendship quickly blossoms as they share their anxieties about what is waiting for them in Australia.