Write On! Wednesday: Megan Hart on Writing Back to Blog
Today’s guest (for my very first installment of WRITE ON! WEDNESDAY) is the uber talented Megan Hart. Megan, thanks for answering my writing questions!
And, by the way, if you haven’t read Megan’s books, you are very much missing out. Sexy and emotional–her books grab you and just don’t let go.
Everything. I just watched an Adam Lambert video and plotted a whole book, no joke. I never even watched an Adam Lambert video before now, and BAM, there’s a book.
2.What is the best part of the writing life?
Making stuff up. Setting my own hours. Umm…being my own boss? Not having to commute. Not having to dress up. Flexibility. Creative outlet. My office. Fan mail. Seeing my books on the shelf. Royalty checks!
3. Okay, flip it. What is your least favorite part of the writing life? What do you dread?
Hmmm. There really is no downside other than maybe the fact I work *all* the time. It’s hard to not be working, even when I’m not working. I dread the hamster-on-a-wheel syndrome. Yet I think I crave it, too.
4. What’s the best book you’ve ever read—why?
Gosh. So many, and it would really depend on the mood I’m in. I adore the Kushiel series by Jacqueline Carey. The Stand by Stephen King was the book that inspired me to become a writer. Umm….let’s see. Geek Love was pretty awesome. So was Flowers in the Attic. You see what I mean? There really is no “best” because books are so good! I’m more able to tell you the *worst* but I won’t, because I’ve blocked it from my mind.
5. Tell us about your current (or upcoming release). How did you come up with the premise for this story? Did you plot the book out from the beginning or did you let the story lead you?
NAKED would be my next release (summer 2010 from Spice) — and the story sprang from a single line. “Alex Kennedy doesn’t like girls.” Alex Kennedy, the secondary hero in Tempted, is one of my favorite characters. Ever. He’s also the favorite of a lot of readers, and I was being asked frequently if he’d have a book of his own. Well…hmmm, I hadn’t planned one, but then…I had to write it. I had a basic plot, but the story led me. They mostly all do.
6. What’s one piece of advice that you would like to give to aspiring authors?
Don’t talk about writing. Don’t listen to other people talk about writing. Don’t blog about writing. Don’t read other people’s blogs about writing. Don’t dream about writing.
7. Any other wisdom you’d like to share?
Umm…well…let’s see. Don’t eat food that’s been in the fridge long enough to grow “hair” and always wash your hands after using the bathroom.