Interview with Megan Severance

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was six. My first short story was a re-working of the Aesop's Fable, The Crow and the Peacocks. I am a very wordy person and I've always loved writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was at the Reagan Library, which is fifteen minutes away from my house, with my good friend Branson. In the library there is a section about the Cold War and Reagan's part in stopping it. The designers of the display have done a fantastic job, and in one corner is a life-sized model of the Berlin Wall. You can even tunnel under it! So on this day, I was imagining myself making a daring escape from East Germany. I said dreamily, "This would make such a good game of pretend!" (And it did: I've played it many times since!) Branson replied, "It would make a really good book, or a movie!" And, DING, I knew I had to write a book about the Berlin Wall. Thanks, Bran, for being my inspiration!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to write a book. In fact, within a week of finishing A City Torn in Two, I started another book, this one a fantasy. I do love to write, and I feel like I always have to have something to work on, or I'd go stir crazy!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, it gave me the chance to "publish" my book! I am a home-schooled and so I don't think I'd be able to do it by myself. But with Smashwords I can get the word out! If people start downloading it, I'll raise the price and maybe be able to publish it someday.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express myself with my words. All of my characters have something of me in them, and I love to see other's reactions to my thoughts and stuff. It is truly amazing how many people have read A City Torn in Two. I'm so thankful to God for giving me a gift with words!
What do your fans mean to you?
I am flattered that they would read my work! I'm just a little thirteen-year-old, and I honestly don't think my novel is something to obsess about! To all those who have read it, a big THANK YOU!
What are you working on next?
A fantasy novel. This one is centered in a mythical world called Anerea, inhabited by Elves and Myrmaids and Faeries and all sorts of creatures!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I have a wonderful life that God has given me, seeing my mommy and daddy and four younger siblings, and being excited for whatever I have going on that day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading other people's books, playing outside, playing with friends or my sister, listening to music and dancing, running around my neighborhood, taking walks, messing around with my best friend, and going to the beach.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I go on Smashwords or I use Amazon. I really prefer to have the actual book in my hands, so I don't read a lot on my iPad.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! When I was six I re-wrote a fable by Aesop. I still have it, actually, and it is constantly embarrassing!
What is your writing process?
If I have an idea, I begin to write it down. That way I can see how the beginning looks on paper. If it's intense, then I save it, if it's boring, then I don't! I can't outline the plot like others do; instead I just write as it comes to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh no. I've been reading on my own since I was four, and that was almost ten years ago! But I remember reading really good books like The Lord of the Rings, and pretending I was Eowyn or Aragorn for weeks and months afterward!
How do you approach cover design?
I Google images of whatever I think might fit the story. Recently I discovered the Dollar Photo Club, and that has been very helpful. Then I look for an awesome font that also fits with the genre.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a toughy! What a terrible question! How can you ask a girl something like that! I've got a million favorite books!!
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh, anything. Recently I started The Gathering Storm by Winston Churchill, and that is NOT for pleasure! It's so boring, but I want the bragging rights and so it's worth it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nothing. I don't really prefer e-books compared to the real thing. There is something that a physical book has, a kind of magic, that a Kindle doesn't.
Describe your desk
It's white Shabby Chic. That's what all my furniture looks like. There are lots of pictures of my family and friends, and I like to look at their faces when I write. Often if I need inspiration for a character, I use my friends personalities.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm still growing up, thank you very much! I have grown up in an amazingly happy family. My parents adore each other and we are generally very peaceful. I love every member of my family so much! My cousins are my best friends. As a result, my main characters always have someone that they can truly depend on, someone whom them adore and who adores them back! I like writing about pure boy-girl friendships, too, in a sort of protest to dating at such young ages nowadays.
Published 2014-05-30.
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Books by This Author

A City Torn in Two
Price: Free! Words: 28,320. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
When the Berlin Wall goes up, Ekaterina and Marta Gorvich are trapped away from their family. Can they return home? Will they find the strength to survive in the Soviet sector? Who can they trust? Will dependence upon each other and a new friend be enough to get them over the Wall?