Interview with Meghan Riley

What are you working on next?
I'm working on the sequel to 'Anna', tentatively called 'Quintina'. It picks up where 'Anna' left off.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne McAffrey, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Arthur C. Clarke, David Gemmel, Ernest Hemingway, Paulo Coelho...just to name a few. It really depends on my mood.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter. It's more like "rip-roaring" out of bed each day. I want to provide for her the best life possible and seeing her smiling face is better than all the books in the world put together. And that's saying a lot, because I love books.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing or taking care of my daughter, I have a day job marketing in real estate. I also love video games. Some of my favorites are Portal, Portal 2, Minecraft, Diablo (the entire series), Kingdom Hearts (the entire series), and Halo (though I'm really bad).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I was hooked on Wattpad for a long time. It doesn't always have the best writing, but the authors aren't afraid of limits, so there are some really interesting story ideas. I follow some writers who I met on there and are now publishing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Funny enough, no. I kept a bunch of papers from early elementary school and there are stories in there that I wrote, but I don't know which was first. One included the Night Before Christmas in Space, so I was even into sci-fi then.
What is your writing process?
I don't do outlines. That's probably why it takes me so long to write. I like to see where the characters take me. I usually have an idea how a story starts and ends, but everything in-between is a mystery. I like solving mysteries. I do, however, jot down ideas as they come to me and that usually happens in the middle of living my day-to-day life.
How do you approach cover design?
I believe a cover should show one key aspect of the story. I'm the reader who will see a cover and think, "Oh! When does that appear?" or "What does THAT mean?" It's a hook.
What is one story that moved you and why?
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien. I loved this story for two reasons. First, it struck my heartstrings to read how these men had so little room for anything personal and, yet, they were in a place where they probably needed to be reminded the most of who they were and what they were fighting for. Second, O'Brien said so much about each character by what he chose for them to carry. It taught me that one simple piece of information can say a lot about a character.
Describe your desk
My desk is a T.V. tray, my computer a laptop. It goes to the part of the house that is the quietest. It also helps minimize the junk that would usually gather around me when I had a traditional computer desk. There's just enough room for my phone, a drink, and my mouse.
Published 2013-12-22.
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