Interview with Megan Kuykendall

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was about a little fairy and all her friends. My grandfather helped me write it. In fact I might still have it around here someplace (As I get lost in a avalanche of paper)
What is your writing process?
Wow, I don't think I really have one. I get an idea in my head and I just run with it. I take a break when I need to write up character sheets or research something for the story, but other than that I let the characters tell me what they want to do.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I can remember reading and really feeling something was a old classic called Where The Red Fern Grows. I wont spoil it for anyone that needs to read it but I cried my eyes out at the end of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Believe it or not I read Fan fiction I love to see what fans can come up with from a story or show they love. To me its the ultimate compliment to have a fan so drawn into your work that they want to write what they think should happen next after the show or book is done. My favorite one to read is Highlander. Go Methos :)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my phone. I downloaded Kindle, downloaded my favorite books and now I can read anywhere my heart desires.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Talking to my readers. I have a Facebook page and Twitter account as well as a blog. I encourage my readers to contact me I love to here what they think of my work. I even put up some of the stories I'm in process of writing to see what the fans think so far. A lucky few actually beta as I go and get to read the whole book before anyone else.
Describe your desk
My desk area is a mess! I have papers, research books and notes all over the place. When I get into work mode my husband runs and hopes he and the kids get away before the book monster comes and steals them away.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Canton GA it was a very small town when I was young but it went boom and grew up. I think it influenced the way I see a lot of my characters. I was brought up growing a garden in the back yard (there is nothing like a home grown tomato) playing with the kids up the street and hearing momma yelling when it was getting to dark out. We were raised to help people out if they needed a hand. So my heroes sometimes (not all the time mind you) tend to be boy scouts and it seems to never fail that someone in my book has a southern draw.
When did you first start writing?
Since I started to learn how to spell. I use to drive my granny nuts asking her how to spell something. Of course it never failed that Santa brought me at lest one new diary or journal every year anyway.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like keeping control of my work and setting the price for my books. I want the reader to enjoy my stories and not have to pay inflated prices for it. I also like the challenge its a lot of work to get your book out there for people to see. Finally I like that I am on my own schedule so when a book goes out its complete and not rushed.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love Smashwords, they have multiple ways to download my book so it's easier for my readers to gain access to them. That is the biggest thing to me is that no matter what device you have at Smashwords you can find what you need to read your favorite author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Meeting my characters and creating the worlds they live in. I love getting lost in the story line. There have been lots of times that I planned on writing a scene one way and it just take a sharp curve and end up someplace completely different. I have a lot of writer friends that say: we don't write the stories we just write them down for other people to read. A lot of times that is very true. so my greatest joy is writing down the first word and seeing where it takes me from there.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. I love to hear from my fans. whether it be to discuses one of my books or just to say hi. Hearing from my fans knowing that they enjoy what I write keeps the muses happy and writing.
What are you working on next?
I have the third book in my Argon Series coming out soon. The next project I have going on at the moment is a short story about dragons. and a few others but lets see what happens.
Published 2013-11-21.
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Books by This Author

The Amber Chronicles
Series: The Legend of Argon, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Amber has been watching over The Chosen One's family lines for over 600 years. Now that it is the time of the prophecy will she be able to protect them?
The Gathering
Series: The Legend of Argon, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,880. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Argon has always been a peaceful world,but now there's a threat to their very exsistence. The Elders had foreseen this danger long ago and prepared for this day. Now it is up to the Gaurdians to bring the chosen ones home before Amar and his followers find and kill them. Welcome to the world of Argon where magic is real, the gods talk to their followers,and the fight between good and evil has beg