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I’d like to welcome USA Today best selling fantasy author Megg Jensen to the blog today. Megg is the author of the Dragonlands series and the Song of Eloh Saga, which includes The Cloud Prophet Trilogy and The Swarm Trilogy.
Hank: Megg, what is your first memory of wanting to be a writer?
Megg: I began reading, voraciously, at the age of four. When I was seven, I penned a story about a unicorn. I typed stories on my parents’ ancient typewriter, cut the pages to paperback size, and stitched them together. I wrote for the local newspaper by ten and won a national writing award the same year. I spent high school writing terrible poetry and song lyrics. By college, my poetry mirrored the dark angst of the 90’s grunge era. It wasn’t until I graduated college that I decided to become a full-time writer. I sold a few short stories here and there, corresponded with some of my favorite authors via snail mail. Took creative writing classes. Then life intervened, forcing me down a path in parenting journalism. It wasn’t until 2008 that I took novel writing seriously.
Hank: Do you have a particular process when planning a novel or series?
Megg: My process is messy. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Megg: I have a basic daily ritual. Get kids off to school, exercise, then work. My specific goals change all the time. Sometimes it’s editing. Sometimes it’s writing. Sometimes it’s both. Other days, I slack off and play video games.
Hank: Do you try to maintain a rigid release schedule?
Megg: I do try to maintain a rigid release schedule. Part of that includes writing one or two books ahead. My last release was in April, and I won’t release the first book of my next series until the second is edited. That way, I can get books in a series out to the reader faster.
Megg: Sure, I can tell you a little. My next series is the Forsaken Stars Saga. It’s not your typical space opera. Instead, this series leans closer to the science fantasy genre. I like to say it has a bit of scifi, a bit of fantasy, a bit of pew-pew-pew, and a bit of mystery. If you want to compare it to something familiar, you could say it’s Dune meets Flash Gordon.
Hank: That’s really epic sounding! Did you listen to the Flash Gordon soundtrack while writing? Speaking of that, do you listen to music when you wrote or do you prefer silence?
Megg: I am a HUGE Queen fan, so I listen to the music from Flash Gordon on a regular basis. It’s also one of my favorite movies, and I’ve managed to convince my children they love it, too.
Hank:I think that’s great advice. If someone is not familiar with your work, where should they jump in?
Megg: Well, if a reader prefers young adult fantasy with romance, they should try Anathema, which is free everywhere. If they prefer a more mature fantasy read, then Hidden, also free, is the entry point to my Dragonlands series.
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