Just finished my interview with Meg Collet so I hope you all enjoy it. She is a fabulous writer who has the creativity to really bring a story to life. Thank you Meg for taking the time to do the interview with me and hope to have the privilege of reviewing more books in the future as well. Check out the book review that I did on her Hunted One by clicking HERE!.
Check out the books we have listed by her: Angels
How long did it take you to write the Hunted One?
The Hunted One was a bit of an anomaly, because it took me six years to write. I started as a freshman in college in 2008, and throughout the years it slowly evolved into what it is now. I completely finished three books from this story and scrapped them, because they weren’t right. I literally have thousands and thousands of words from this story that will never see the light of day. I wasn’t a good enough writer in the beginning to understand how to tell a story, but I knew exactly how I wanted it to be. I would try to work on other projects, but I literally couldn’t leave this one alone. I couldn’t move on until I told this story. So I grew up with these characters and this book. It’s very dear to my heart in a love/hate kind of way.
What was your inspiration behind writing The Hunted One?
I wanted to write a story that I would want to read. It would be a story about redemption and about someone rising from the ashes of their own life to become something extraordinary. It’s a theme I’ve always been drawn too.
Will this be a series or a standalone book?
It’s a series. I plan for three books. The second book, The Lost One, releases March 27!!!
Obviously the book is about angels does this mean that you have a religious connection to the book or just chose to write something that you was interested in?
Religion has always fascinated me. The mythos of an angel really resonates with me. I love the concept of holy and fallen, the faithful and the disgraced. I was fascinated by the idea that there might be something beyond ourselves fighting to save our world and our souls. That was really the root of the story. I just wanted to examine the line between right and wrong, holy and fallen. I asked myself, would an angel keep fighting the holy war if they’d completely lost faith? My fascination with angels is deeply seeded in my spirituality. And all that goes back to my love of stories about redemption.
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Definitely the marketing song and dance. You could have an amazing book, but it doesn’t matter unless people know about you enough to buy it. As an author, all you want to do is write and tell amazing stories. You tell yourself that people will find your books and appreciate them and tell their friends and slowly things will build. But it’s not true in most cases. You have to jump right in and play the marketing game. You have to promote yourself endlessly amongst a million other things that never end. And maybe at the end of the day, you have time to write.
Who is your biggest supporter and why?
I didn’t have a lot of support in the beginning. Now my husband and my parents support me a lot. But I think your biggest supporter should always be yourself. I’ve always been plagued by self doubt and fear. It’s one of those things you have to conquer every day, because it never goes away, no matter how good you feel or how much you try to ignore it. Making the decision to believe in yourself and be your own biggest supporter is a war. I fight it every day, but I think I’m winning.
What is one thing that you have learned about yourself that you may not have known until you started writing and seeing your work published?
This is a really cool question. Throughout my life I’ve always been pretty closed off and cold. I kind of thought of myself as a hard ass (sorry for the language). But one thing I’ve learned about myself is that I can be open with other people, and I can be engaging and warm with them. I’ve learned that being nice and funny and honest is just as fulfilling as living inside my shell. It was a great discovery to make, because I’m much happier this way.
Do you have any other books already on the shelf or that you are currently working on?
The Hunted One is currently on sale. The Lost One comes out at the end of March. Currently, I’m working on outlining the third book in the series and the first book in a new series.
Who is your favorite author and have they inspired you in any way?
I have way too many favorite authors to even begin answering that question. But Margaret Atwood has had the most impact on me as a person. I read her “The Handmaid’s Tale” in high school. It’ll forever be burned into my soul. “Don’t let the bastards grind you down” is a line a from that book. The main character finds it inscribed in her room in pig Latin. I had it tattooed on my shoulder. It’s my creed.
Any book that I read and love inspires me. I’m fascinated with how other authors weave their stories. Susan Ee is a recent love of mine. She’s a master. Somehow, everything works in her books from the plot, sub plots, character arcs, etc. And that’s, like, really really hard to do.
What advice would you give to other writers that are just starting out?
I would tell them that this is an incredibly overwhelming venture. But not to let the process get them down. Take it a day at a time. Try to learn something new every day. Do what you can do on that day and don’t get discouraged, because there will be a day where you can do more. Keep playing the marketing game, but keep it at a distance. Focus on your stories. And always be the best you can be.