TWO more interviews after today!
Kinda sad to see this event end so soon! 😄
I am leaving a link to the past interviews this month, just click the link HERE to go to the #MFBLFest page!
I hope you all enjoy this interview! Let’s get to know Meg Kuyatt!
ABOUT MEG KUYATT
Meg Eden’s work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit.
1- how long have you been writing?
I started writing stories before I could actually write. My mom has these “books” I made when I was four where I drew and attempted to imitate the English lettering system… I started writing poetry in seventh grade, because that’s what “all the cool kids were doing.” Poetry stuck, and I started playing with fiction in eighth grade. I did my first Nanowrimo in tenth grade, actually finished a Nanowrimo after I graduated. I got my first agent in eleventh grade. I still do both poetry and fiction. I can’t really exactly give any concrete number of when I “officially” started writing. I’ve always been creating stories—I was an only child, so I quickly came to enjoy entertaining myself.
2- Is there a certain genre you’d like to get into?
I want to play with more sci fi. I’ve never been really good at it, but after watching Dark Matter on Netflix, I’m inspired to play with the real world a little more in my writing.
3- Who designed your (latest) book cover?
My amazing editor Bob Peterson at California Coldblood! He is the best editor and art designer (I’m not just saying that) and let me really be involved in the cover design process, even though I was probably really annoying to deal with. We got inspired by old text adventure box art (particularly the King’s Quest series) and had lots of fun playing with those tropes.
4- Where do your ideas come from?
Usually at least a snippet from my experience. Very rarely do I just pull an idea entirely from my butt (I’m honestly not that creative). I’m constantly writing down things I hear or say or see, then I let them sit and “ferment” in a notebook until I feel ready to make an idea into a larger concept.
5- If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
I used to always want to be an artist—that’s how I first started telling my stories: through drawing. So if I wasn’t writing,I
might be trying to break my way into the animation market. Or I might be doing fMRI scans and studying brains. Who knows. 🙂
6- Do you ever experience writers block? If so how do you get over it?
All writers have writers block—very rarely is a writer actually enthusiastic about the idea of writing and able to effortlessly get words on the page. I’m generalizing, but at the same time I’m totally not. This is part of being a writer. Like any habit, you have to make yourself do it even if you don’t want to. It has to be a daily practice. It’s like exercise—very rarely am I like “Oh yeah, let’s go to the gym!” But if I was actually good at disciplining my exercise regime, I’d go to the gym every day anyway. Fortunately my writing regime is better than my exercise regime, so (most) every day I make myself vomit words on a page whether I feel like it or not. I find a “project” helps writers block: if I’m working on a series of poems around a similar idea, or a novel, I have a launching point. So usually I try to set goals and have a “project” to avoid letting myself make up an excuse for writers block. 🙂
7- How did you come up with your title?
I was thinking about how epic game titles used to be back in the day—how everything was a quest, or an adventure. I was thinking about what PHSRQ was really about: it’s about finding your identity, purpose—and really “reality”– outside of the structure of high school. So I threw it all together and it became Post-High School Reality Quest.
8- what is your perfect writing spot?
I love sitting outside when the temperature is just right, and it’s quiet/no one nearby is throwing a party. I also love writing at my local Chick-Fil-A.
9- What do you do in your free time?
What free time? I’m mostly busy teaching creative writing courses these days. I sometimes play video games (am loving Phoenix Wright: Spirit of Justice right now), but more often than not enjoy watching other people play video games. I need to get back into playing chess, playing piano and scrollsawing: three hobbies I find very cathartic.
11- Do you write friends, family, or even strangers you met into your novels?
I can neither confirm nor deny this. 🙂
12- If you were a superhero what would your name be?
I totally had a fantastic answer to this question which I’ve completely forgotten. All I can remember is that it was inspired by the comic book character Snot Girl.
Thank you Meg for letting me interview you today! your answers were luvely!
I have a paino-keyboard and I’ve been trying to learn but I put it up and haven’t touched it in a while -_- oops. lol
Hope you all enjoyed this interview!
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