Interview with Meb Bryant

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first story in the second grade. The paper was lined from halfway down to the bottom where I wrote a charming story about the perfect home.The top was a blank canvas where I drew a two-story house with a smoking chimney, a giant apple tree, and a dog running in the yard. The drawing was my version of the perfect home.
What is your writing process?
I'm a panster and rarely use an outline. My muse, who works around my full-time job, is in charge of creativity and inspiration.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading: Run Spot, run. Run, run, run. See Dick run. Run, run, run. See Jane run. Run, run, run.

Heavy reading, for sure. I felt immense pride at being a reader.
How do you approach cover design?
As I'm writing the story, I start to get an idea of what I want. Then, I draw stick figures with crayons and submit the idea to a marketing design firm. I gave birth to the owner, so I get a really good deal.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
As a reader, I'm all over the place. I enjoyed Water for Elephants, Touch N Go, Day of the Jackal, books about Marilyn Monroe, and everything Jack Reacher by Lee Child. I read to escape.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries and thrillers, and memoirs by famous people.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Although I like feel of a printed book, I'm unable to afford the high prices. So, I read less expensive e-books from two iPads (both birthdays gifts).
Describe your desk
My desk is piled around the edges with papers from my business. One corner is the reserved spot for my computer and my writing paraphernalia. Nobody messes with "my spot."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My family followed the pipeline industry across the U.S. which meant I attended fifteen schools by the age of ten. I have many vivid memories of our travels, and I occasionally draw from them.
When did you first start writing?
After being hospitalized in Intensive Care in 2010, I worried that I may never finish writing the book of my heart. A few months later, I felt better, returned to my unfinished manuscript, and published it the following year.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest novel, THE PRICE OF NORMAL, is the second book in the KILLING PEOPLE series. It's a thriller about a diagnosed sociopath who wants to be like normal men. It releases July 15.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I queried agent after agent and was disappointed in their handling of the submission process. I couldn't imagine treating my business associates in the same manner. After one particularly ugly encounter with a bizarre agent who threatened me, I decided to submit my own work to readers. I love being independently published.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When a reader tells me what they got out of reading my book, and it's exactly what I meant to embed in the story, I'm tickled. Also, I'm blown away when a reader sees a subplot in the storyline that I never saw. Love it!
Published 2016-06-30.
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