Everyone meet Megan Duncan, standing here in White Sands New Mexico, a location that was included in her first book Released. She has been writing all her life and after tons of rejections and being scammed by certain companies, she has decided to self-publish. She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband and her cat Jack, who thinks he is a dog.
Megan, when did you start writing?I started writing in about 3rd grade and continued on from there, writing casually and really only for myself. It wasn't until a year ago that I took the big leap and chose to self-publish.
How long does it usually take you to write a book? It typically takes me 2-3 months to write a book.
Wow, that is really fast!
What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to write Released based on my love of apocalyptic movies and books. I don't know why but stories about the end of the world are interesting to me. I guess that makes me a weirdo.
Well, if that was so, I think a lot of us would be called weirdo’s – lol. We LOVE dystopian books!
Give us an insider’s look – how does a typical day in your life look?
A typical day in my life starts at 4:30 am, I get ready and go to work until I get home at 6pm. Then I usually have dinner, write as much as I can and go to bed, so I can do it all over again. :o) Sounds fun huh? I look forward to the weekends very much!
4:30am?? Oh no – I could never do that!
What is the hardest thing about being an author?
I think the hardest thing about being an author, so far, is trying not too worry to much about what other people think and how they may compare you to other authors. Being rejected isn't to great either, but I know that is a frequent bump in the road for many authors.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say? I actually don't hear from very many readers, but I can say that I have heard from many reviewers and fellow authors and I can't say enough good things about them. They are all so very friendly and supportive that it only further inspires me to write, write, write.
Who are some of the authors that inspire you? Two authors that inspire me are Anne McCaffrey and Terry Goodkind. The worlds they create in their stories are so incredibly fantastical and I would love to live in them.
What is in your own TBR pile? I have tons of books on my TBR list, but a few are; Descended by Blood, by Angelinea Kace, Demon Day by Penelope Fletcher and Oubliette by Megg Jensen.
Megan’s first book is called Released and just look at this beautiful cover!
Blurb from Goodreads:After a demon apocalypse kills their parents and everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother, Carter, and friend, Max flee their home to travel through what has become the wastelands of America. When radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter and safety cease, Abby is tempted to give up. Struggling to overcome life-threatening obstacles in their dangerous journey, Abby and her companions quickly discover there are much worse things lurking in the dark than they could have ever imagined.
Megan has generously agreed to give away an eBook copy of Released to a lucky commenter. So leave your details and I will draw a lucky reader on 09 September 2011.
Thank you so much, Megan!!