What do you know about Megan Musgrove?
Welcome to my interview with the amazing Megan Musgrove! Let’s see what she has to say about books and writing.
Hi Megan Musgrove! Please introduce yourself and share 5 fun facts about you!
Hi Kirsten! Thanks for letting me be a part of your interviews. Starting with the easy stuff, my name is Megan and I’m an Indie Author from the UK. Now for fun facts:
- I have a Harry Potter tattoo on my wrist
- I lived in Milan for a little while in my mid-20s where I worked as an Au Pair.
- Wrote my first book at 14 – a teen time-travelling adventure (I think it’s still on a floppy disk somewhere at my parent’s house!).
- Love Pilates and Yoga.
- I make an excellent tiramisu.
What was your experience like when you first became a writer?
Messy. I had to learn very quickly that the writing is probably the easiest part of it. It’s everything afterwards that is the challenge. Being young and naïve when I finished what is officially my first book (The Art of Love), I thought it would be a relatively straightforward process getting an agent and getting it published. That was not the case.
It’s such a long, drawn-out process that after a couple of submissions, I started to get impatient, which is why I then decided to self-publish. At least then I could get my work out into the world. I’m just very lucky that I starting writing properly when the self-publishing process was more accessible.
What are your favourite parts about self-publishing?
Have control over my work. I get to work on what I want to, when I want to. Self-publishing allows me to pursue my dream of being a writer around my everyday life.
What are the most challenging parts?
Funnily enough, it’s also having all the control over my work. There are so many different aspects to self-publishing that you solely are responsible for. I’ve had to become a lot more savvy since starting the self-publishing journey.
Have you grown as a writer from your first book until now?
Definitely! I had a skim read through my first novel not that long ago and it struck me at how much my writing has improved! I’m also a bit more adventurous with my plots these days. The first book was pretty straightforward in the terms of the story, but my last book (Taming Her Stallion) was my first foray into historical romance. I finally felt confident enough to delve into the historical aspect. Pretty sure I had done enough research into the time period and also the sub-plot of horse racing!
What are the themes and genres of your self-published books?
I have four books that fall under the contemporary women’s fiction, or “chick-lit” umbrella. Two contemporary romance novels, one of which is a lovely Christmas read. And last, but certainly not least, is my first attempt at historical romance, set in the Regency era.
What can you tell us about your current Words in Progress (WIP)?
It’s a contemporary fiction with a thread of historical romance running through it. I have a great love of history, so in my current WIP, titled Lord of the Manor, I was able to create an entire history for a fictional aristocratic family.
Not to give too much away just yet, but the vague plot of the story is that a young earl is forced to open the family home up as a public attraction as a way of bringing in some much-needed income to the estate. His sister arranges for a historian to research the family for a documentary, promoting the opening of the house.
Sparks fly between the earl and the historian the second he realizes she is not the middle-age, tweed wearing woman he had assumed she would be. But he has to overcome his problem with her digging too far into the family history and uncovering all kinds of scandals he would rather have kept hidden.
What is your biggest challenge as a writer?
Making sure I do it consistently and stay focused. I have a “normal”, everyday job that, especially over the last 9 months or so, seems to have taken over my life. This is the job that pays the mortgage. I feel like after a long day, my brain is too drained to even want to think about being creative and I really have to push through that. Sometimes I can, and sometimes all I can do is scribble down the odd paragraph and call it a day.
What are your most notable victories?
My 5-star reviews on Amazon. Every time I see kind words about how much someone has enjoyed one of my books, it makes me so happy and proud.
Who are your favourite characters in the books you’ve created?
I think I would have to go for Felicity and Jack, from Taming Her Stallion. I’ve had some great feedback on their chemistry throughout the book and their personalities mesh well. Felicity was particularly good fun to write because she’s a bit of a rebel – at least as much of a rebel as a woman could be in 1811!
Can you relate to characters you wrote? How?
Writing genres that have a predominately female readership, I like to think that the female protagonists in my books are relatively relatable. With them generally being a similar age to me (write what you know!), it’s natural that I might slip a bit of myself in there. Though in The Sewing Bee, the main female characters were inspired by friends of mine. I took personality traits from several of them and would amalgamate them into the three women on the page.
In what way do you differ from them?
I think I would class them as more extreme than me. More extreme in their vulnerabilities and bravery. I’m relatively boring as a person, but through my writing, I get to make my characters feel and experience more than I could.
What are your future goals as a writer?
To continue to grow – both as a writer and to grow my presence. I want to continue to enjoy it. And if I can continue to put in the work to be able to make writing the main career in my life, then that’s just an added bonus.
Any last thoughts to share with your readers about you and your books?
Just to say thank you if you have ever read one of my books. I hope you enjoyed it! There’s plenty of novel ideas scribbled down in my planning notebook, so stay tuned!
Thank you so much Megan Musgrove! Good luck on your self-published writing journey and I hope you continue to create beautiful stories. Stay in touch with Megan on Instagram!
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