Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your Age?
MO: Hi Fiona and all readers! I’m Megan O’Keeffe and I’m 25.
Fiona: Where are you from?
MO: I’m from Long Island, NY
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
MO: My second poetry collection Where I Ache is being released June 10th!!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
MO: I think I began writing poetry around the age of 12 as a way to sort out my feelings. I wish I remembered how I learned about poetry because the only thing you really do in middle school poetry-wise is spelling your name using a different word for every letter.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
MO: I guess I started to consider myself a writer when I launched my blog Debatably Dateable. Before that I wasn’t consistently sharing my work and had actually tried to stop writing a few times.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
MO: All the positive feedback I was receiving from my blog really encouraged me to put a collection together. I wanted the collection to tell a cohesive story and was inspired deeply by love and love lost. Love poems are really a cornerstone of my writing but I’ve been evolving into various topics.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title of your new book?
MO: The book Where I Ache focuses on depression, self esteem, grief, and self love and there’s a lot of mental and physical pain here. The chapters refer to different parts of the body (head, heart, spine) focusing on different parts of where the speaker is aching.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
MO: My style is very free form, I’m not really a fan of rhyming and I like my poems to have some length to them.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
MO: Some of the inspiration comes from personal experience and experiences from those close to me. Other poems are about world news, film and book characters, and pop culture.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
MO: This collection is published to help those that relate to the poems feel less alone. To know that others have gone through similar experiences and that they too, will overcome their dark days. I want my readers to know that it’s okay to be sad and feel this pain and to know that there is a community that supports them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
MO: I don’t have nearly enough of a following for writing to financially support me but I do plan to write and publish for the majority of my life.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
MO: My first two favorite books were Forever Sam by Jenny Dale and Black Beauty by Anna Sewell. I’m a big fan of animals, FS is about a dog and BB is about a horse; very sad and heartfelt books for a kid haha.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
MO: Silly dogs make me laugh and reuniting pets makes me cry.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
MO: I’m watching 30 Rock, Brooklyn 99, and Documentaries these days.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
MO: If money also wasn’t an issue, I’d be working with dogs in some way – a shelter, adoptions, or something else.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
MO: I’d absolutely spend it with my family, boyfriend, and dog. Maybe a cool hike with a gorgeous view with all of us, definitely chocolate cake and either chinese or mexican food.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
MO: Absolutely, you can connect with me here at http://debatablydateable.com and my Amazon Author page https://www.amazon.com/Megan-OKeeffe/e/B07D24KQ7L/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1.
Thank you for having me, Fiona!