Interview with Meghan Edge

How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of what looks the most professional, what is in my budget but also what my characters would like. Not only does a cover design have to fit the theme of your book, I feel that your characters should, in some way, approve of the choice. They are the ones you're representing in your writing. I like to use PicMonkey and GIMP to build my designs and I really love to use my own photography when possible.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am a fan of doing what you love- since I love to write magical urban fairy tales, that's what I look for in stories that I read. There has to be an element of romance and magic because that's what inspires me. I also love characters that are realistic and have imperfections because that's what makes them stand out.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my old Nook but I know they don't make them anymore. I like to read on my phone and I'm hoping to get a tablet because I really enjoy hand held devices for reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have only just started trying to market my writings. I'm more familiar with how to market an etsy store - I'm at www.cirquedufrock.etsy.com. I find Pinterest and Instagram to be big marketing tools and I enjoy seeing other people's work as well.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I try so hard to keep my work space need and clean, but between writing, sewing and making jewelry there is just nothing I can do to keep my room and desk tidy. I live in a little basement room that houses Cirque du Frock and is my bedroom so it can be a little crowded in here, but I'm making it work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Baltimore before moving to a rural town in Maryland. As soon as I was able to, I moved to Philadelphia and I feel that's where I really matured and grew a lot as a person. I love Philadelphia and consider it my hometown, and I can't wait to go back again one day. A lot of my stories take place in Philly because I think it's the greatest city in the world. It's got history, music, art, shopping- everything you could want along with a certain quietness that you don't find in most places.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing my own stories as long as I can remember. When I was a tween and teenager, I wrote a ton of fanfiction without even really knowing what it was. There were just always questions I wanted answered- 'what if's that shows never went with so I'd write them down and make up my own stories. I love to write and I think there is always room for improvement.
What's the story behind your latest book?
All of my books are set in Philadelphia/New Jersey and somehow all link together. Right now I've published OBJECTS: A Modern Selkie Love Story and I'm going to follow it up with a novella about a girl I write named Frankie. The reason OBJECTS was released first is it ties into Frankie's universe eventually, not to mention I really wanted to try uploading something short before tackling a longer piece. All of these stories are magical urban fairy tale romances.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be an author from a very early age. I remember when I was eleven talking about 'one day when I publish books'. I've always had a very DIY sense about me. I love to make things and create things, but I also love creative control and learning new arts. It just seemed like a natural step to self-publish my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to tell stories, and I love to tell the stories I want to hear. Sometimes it can be hard as a nerdy, kind of chubby funny-girl to just constantly read stories where the heros and heroines are too perfect. I want to read about girls that sew clothes or make jewelry or like to knit- quirky people. Maybe it's a little narcissistic but I want to read about people I can relate to or aspire to be, and that's what I like to write. That's the joy I have in writing - telling my story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm working very hard on my etsy store, Cirque du Frock (www.cirquedufrock.etsy.com) and I love to paint furniture and go thrift shopping.
Published 2015-10-25.
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Books by This Author

OBJECTS: A Modern Selkie Love Story
Price: Free! Words: 12,670. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
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"Sometimes being in love is just trading one curse for another." - Gabriella. OBJECTS is a short story that weaves together five individual tales of love and curses in a modern setting. Meet Amelia and her siblings Waverly, Marcus, Gabriella and Eileen. Tied together by a family curse and bound by ordinary objects, these selkies have to learn to trust others and open their hearts or spend the rest