Name: Megan Morgan
Where are you from: Cleveland, Ohio
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc:
I’m an urban fantasy, romance (mostly paranormal), and erotica author. I’m also a bartender and I’ve worked in the service industry for a lot of years. I’m a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America, including the Northeast Ohio and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal subchapters. I’m a self-taught writer. I have a 22-year-old son.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My very first novel, ‘The Wicked City,’ will be released by Kensington on March 3rd. ‘The Wicked City’ is the first book of an urban fantasy trilogy. I also have novellas coming out on February 6th—‘Her Darkest Secret’ a paranormal erotic romance—and May 29th—‘One Night In Chicago,’ a contemporary erotic romance.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing I guess you could say ‘seriously’ when I was thirteen. I was really into horror novels back then and I was a huge Stephen King fan. I hilariously believed I was going to be the next Stephen King when I started writing. It was a silly teenage fantasy, but I’m still writing today.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I was always a writer. Even as a kid, writing assignments were my favorite kind of schoolwork. I believe I was born a writer. I never wanted to do anything else.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The Wicked City has been written and rewritten a million times, and the first version of it even had a completely different plot and some different characters (and the main character now—a woman—was a man in the earliest versions). I started writing it many years ago. The story is set in Chicago, a city I’m in love with. Over time, I created a paranormal world based in science, politics, and civil rights.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not a plotter at all. I write almost entirely organically, following the story as I make it up. I’ve tried before to create outlines and notes, but I always veer off in another direction, so I just follow the story where it wants to go.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Like the plot and characters, the book went through a lot of titles, too. The Wicked City is a play on ‘The Windy City,’ the nickname of Chicago.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The theme of the trilogy is fighting against oppression. The main characters are paranormal and face a lot of discrimination, mistreatment, and ignorance. I think struggling against oppressors is a human theme and in some ways, these ‘non-human’ characters are more human than the normal people who strive to silence and subjugate them.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Many of the places in the books are places I’ve been to in Chicago. Some are made up. Of course, the character’s supernatural powers are all fantasy, but I hope that readers will find the struggles they face very realistic.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
No, although I think there’s a bit of June, the main character, in me. I certainly gave her some of my ideology.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I read Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles when I was a teenager and those books moved me profoundly, especially The Vampire Lestat (which I picked up for twenty-five cents at a rummage sale, just because the title was interesting). I felt trapped, misunderstood, and isolated back then and one of the main themes of those books is escaping one’s ordinary life and becoming something more powerful. I will never forget what they made me feel—mostly hope.
I also love Anne Lamott, an inspirational writer. Her books are brilliant, darkly humorous, and spot-on. I feel like she understands life and how to laugh at it, no matter how horrible things are.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Nothing at the moment, because I have to get through edits I’m working on for various publishers and those take priority. I guess you could say I’m reading my own books—but I sure wish I was reading someone else’s!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
It’s on my to-do list to read every Motorcycle Club romance available (thanks, Sons of Anarchy!). I really want to read Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights series.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m working on the final book of my Siren Song trilogy (of which The Wicked City is the first), also the beginning of a paranormal romance series—I’m just about ready to submit the first book to a publisher.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I’ve always had tons of supportive friends and I’m super grateful for that.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, absolutely. I fully intend (and hope) to make it my day job someday.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I’ve changed that book so many times I can’t imagine how I’d change it further. I’m actually kind of grateful it’s published now so I don’t have to read it again! By the time you’re done with rewriting and edits and reading it over and over checking for mistakes you want to set your head on fire.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As I said above, I wanted to be just like Stephen King. It was a silly and vain teenage dream, but when I started writing, I realized I was meant to write. So I guess I can thank Stephen King for that.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
The paranormal romance series I’m working on involves a Lycan man and a witch who is trying to find her powers since she grew up not cultivating them. Together they fight against some werewolf-like monsters that live in the woods of Appalachian Kentucky. I had so much fun researching southern Appalachian culture. I can’t wait to hop back in and write more of their world.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I have a terrible time coming up with titles. Only about a quarter of the time do I have any idea what something is going to be called before I finish writing it. I’m just awful at coming up with titles.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Anne Rice. She was writing about vampires before vampires were cool, and in a way that’s still unique to this day. In fact, a lot of vampire writers in the years since have imitated her. She wrote what she wanted and didn’t care what was popular at the time. She’s a pioneer.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Not yet, but I would love to.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I wasn’t told who made the cover for The Wicked City, but I suspect I know who the artist is (I’m not going to say though in case it isn’t and I make a fool of myself). Anna Spies designed the beautiful cover for Her Darkest Secret. You can find her website here: http://www.celairen.com/
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the right story to tell, and the right character to tell it—that’s why it changed so many times.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that writing a book is not easy. It’s not a quick process and sometimes it’s not fun. Sometimes you have to really work to make the story into what you envision in your head and sometimes even when you do you won’t get it right.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write. I think sometimes writers get caught up in everything that surrounds writing: the promotion, expectations, the community—but at the end of the day, you have to sit down and write those words.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have anything you want to say to me about my work, good or bad—I want to have open communication with my readers!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes, and I have no idea what the name of it is anymore and it drives me crazy. It was a young adult novel about a boy who discovers an underground city of people—I have no idea what the title is or who the author is, but I must have read it twenty times. If anyone can help me figure it out, please let me know!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Stephen King. I was going to go to one of his book signings in November but life conspired against me and I couldn’t go. I want to tell him that I started writing because of him and now my first book is coming out in March.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
‘She’s not dead, look behind you.’ I’m a bit of a prankster.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I do a lot of baking, especially cupcakes. I collect wind chimes and anything with seahorses on it, and I love candles. I’m into interior decorating and my home is very eclectic. I also love Hello Kitty.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I watch tons of TV shows, including The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. I loved Breaking Bad. Right now, I’m into Peaky Blinders and Vikings. I think Netflix is the greatest thing to ever happen to TV.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
I love pasta. My favorite color is pink and I have an abundance of things that are pink. I love all kinds of music but right now, I’m into gothic country and rockabilly.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Maybe something to do with history, like an historian or professor, or an archaeologist, or an expert on some obscure and specific part of history.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Links for The Wicked City:
Goodreads is currently having a contest, giving away two copies (closes January 31st): https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/120151-the-wicked-city
Links for Her Darkest Secret: