About Megan Jayne:
Megan Jayne is an Irish young adult fantasy author with her debut novel, The Worlds That Separated Us. She was born in Northern Ireland and still resides there in a small, picturesque village with her husband, two young children, and beagle. When Megan isn’t writing she loves to travel, read, bake, and spend as much time outdoors as possible.
What inspires you to write?
So many things! Inspiration for me can come from the most random conversation with someone or most recently for The Worlds Duology from a YouTube video and asking myself what if? I have quite a few projects in the works right now that have all been inspired differently, it reminds me that inspiration can be found in the most unlikely of places.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
I have so many but I'll list the ones that have inspired me and given me encouragement through their own author journeys; Alison Gervais, Mary E. Pearson, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Adrienne Young. I'll read anything they write, anything at all!
Tell us about your writing process.
I start by journalling my ideas for a project and then I let them sit for a while until I know for sure they have the potential to become a story – usually when I can't stop thinking about them. I then go onto brainstorming and visualising the plot and characters. I'll start by outlining each chapter with a basic line of what I need to achieve in that chapter and then I begin drafting. I use the story beats from save the cat writes a novel to help me with pacing and the rest I give myself creative freedom with.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Sometimes ha-ha! The more into the drafting process I get, the more the characters feel very real to me. I don't talk to them, but I do have a very vivid imagination on how they'd react to certain situations and sometimes when I'm writing it's like they take over and tell their own story. I'm simply just the narrator. I care about them as much, or possibly even more than the characters from my favourite books.
What advice would you give other writers?
It's cliche but never give up! I think if one thing publishing my first book and being in the process of publishing my second has taught me is perseverance is key. You need to believe in yourself and trust your talent, and you also have to be determined enough to never give up. The world needs your book!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I indie published my book and that decision was something I thought about for a long time. This question would take me forever to answer, in short I liked the idea of being in complete control and I also liked that I would be setting my own deadlines, with two small children that was extremely important to me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That's a hard one to answer! I can see changes happening, little things like book series being released closer together. I think that is something we will continue to see more of and I'm all for it!
What genres do you write?: Young Adult Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
Link To Megan Jayne Page On Amazon
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