Fabulous facts and fun times with – Megan Higginson
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Megan Higginson is an Author, Blogger and Speaker who aims to encourage and empower others. She aims to help people overcome obstacles and fears using her own stories of beating the odds, to help you move past those things which holds you back. Megan has agreed to join us and give us a taste of her world and answer a few questions.
It’s awesome to have you here with us today, we appreciate you taking the time to chat with us.
So, ready… set… promote your books! Tell us all about them-
I have one story, The Sock Thief, published in The Creative Kids Tales Story Collection that was published in November 2017. Blurb: All the socks are going missing in Peterson Street. Can the children follow the clues to solve the mystery?
My picture book, Raymund and the Fear Monster is coming out in 2018. http://www.meganhigginson.com/raymund-and-the-fear-monster.html
It’s currently with my award-winning illustrator, Ester de Boer. http://www.esterdeboerillustration.com/
Book Blurb: At the top of an enormous mountain is a dark and gloomy forest. In the dark and gloomy forest lives a monster who roars and growls and makes terrible noises. Raymund lives in a small village at the bottom of the enormous mountain. Raymund fears many things. But, most of all he is afraid of the night, and the monster that sends him running to hide under his bed. How will Raymund face his fear, discover what it means to have courage, and defeat the huge and hideous monster that smells like fish guts, rotten eggs, and smelly feet?
What started you on the path to writing?
I haven’t always written stories, but since the time I finally learned to read (I have dyslexia) I was known as, ‘The Bookworm.’ Writing at school didn’t go too well for me as my imagination couldn’t be contained by assignment limitations. As with some children’s authors, I started writing for my own children. I wrote a few children’s stories and entered them into local writing competitions, winning some even.
In 2013, while on a Mission trip to the Philippines I visited an orphanage. I really connected with the children and started writing to them when I returned home. I wrote (and wrote for a long time) short stories that entertained and encouraged them. That period of intense writing unleashed the writer within me. I love writing and continue to hone my skills and write new stories.
In the spirit of sharing the love, can you recommend any new or upcoming authors to those of us wanting to expand our library?
I mainly read children’s and Young Adult books, and I’ve interviewed a few of these authors this year. Anne Helen Donnelly, Melissa Gijsbers, Renee Price, Cameron Macintosh, and Elizabeth Foster to name a few.
What does your writing space look like? A den of pillows? Café? In the middle of the lawn in a giant inflatable boat?
My main writing space is my office surround by my collection of children’s and Young Adult books. I also have research books and various other paraphernalia on these shelves too: toys, rocks, shells, hats, and an egg-shaped rock. Otherwise, I take my pen and notepad with me wherever I go. Or my laptop.
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Tell us about a unique or quirky habit you have when writing?
Mostly I like to write in complete silence as I’m easily distracted. Though I found while finishing the first draft of my sci-fi/fantasy novel I listened to Enya. Go figure. (Shrugs shoulders in disbelief). I don’t even to listen to her normally. It was like a pregnancy craving. Weird.
Is there anything about the writing world that you think is misunderstood by non-writers?
Maybe the picture of a writers pounding away at the keyboard at all hours of the day and night, words just pouring out of the writer’s fingers effortlessly to create a world and characters. And the other misconception is that it doesn’t take long to write a book. I think the other thing, especially with picture books, is that they are easy to write. It makes me cringe when I hear someone say that they had an idea for a picture book over the weekend, wrote the story, and sent it off to a publisher on the Monday. (Cringes)
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Possibly rushing their work and sending it out before it’s the best it can be. Instead, they need to learn that writing is a waiting game. Writers need to learn the craft of writing, hone their skills, and have their work professionally assessed, and their story reworked and polished before submitting.
What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult), and why?
So far most of my stories are aimed at children and teens. Why? These are the stories that pop into my head and beg me to write them. They’re fun to write. It could also be that I’m perpetually a child at heart, so I can’t help it.
If a genie granted you three wishes, what would they be? (you cannot ask for more wishes)
For people to be kinder and more thoughtful of others. More time to write. Hmmm. I think I’ll keep the other one for a spare.
Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can share with aspiring writers and our readers?
Don’t create a writing world of one. Discover a cheer squad, those that will encourage you on your writing journey. Locate a writer’s group either in person or online. Find experienced writers that write in your field and see if one that will mentor you. Even sending your stories to a recommended manuscript assessor and editor and getting their feedback will be invaluable to honing your skills. Ask questions of experienced writers, and learn as much as you can. I think another important element is to find various ways to feed your creativity.
And of course, read a lot, and write a lot.
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