Interview with Megan Linski

What motivated you to become an indie publisher?
Gryfyn Publishing is all about publishing books that the traditional companies often deny. I try to pick novels that have a high chance of rejection but yet tell a beautiful story. I'm more interested in selling books that will speak to a large group of people, rather than chasing fads that will prove to make a profit, but not stand the test of time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I (Megan) have a rare disease called Common Variable Immune Deficiency Disorder, and it can be extremely hard for me to get out of bed even when I get a good night's sleep. What keeps me moving everyday is that I feel that if I didn't have a purpose, I wouldn't be here. So I write a lot and try to give a lot of my time to others and try to inspire people. I know that I have to do a little bit each day to try and make somebody else's life better. My goal is that the world will be a little brighter after I leave it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly promoting. Advertising my book takes up so much more time than writing. If I wrote half as much as I did promotion, I'd have a new book every month. When I'm not working on my business I try to enjoy my time with friends and various hobbies such as ice skating, horseback riding, fishing, etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was about a horse and a pony who had to escape a fire after their barn was burnt down. It was very dramatic and sad but that was the one that really started everything. I was 14 when I wrote that. When I was 6 though, I wrote a short story about a Stegosaurus. I think even then I wanted to be a big shot writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire people to do my covers. I did my own for awhile but they just turn out so much more better when you hire out.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy, romance, contemporary. Whatever looks good at the time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle fire, but print is always best.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. That's the only thing that's really effective in this industry.
Describe your desk
I can't write at my desk because it's so cluttered, so I write on the couch. Unconventional but comfy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Manchester, MI, a little town that's cute but very boring. I think this influenced my imagination and let me entertain the idea of being somewhere else.
Published 2015-01-03.
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