Author Spotlight: Megan Wade

Cillian by Megan Wade, Megan Wade romance author, CJC Photography book cover photographerCJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?

MW: I’ve always been an avid reader. My mom always commented that I was ‘off with the fairies’ because I lived in my own little world. So it made sense that I’d create worlds of my own. It’s kinda nice living in my head, lol!

CJC: What do you find to be the most rewarding and challenging part of being an author and what hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?

MW: The most rewarding part is the day after release. Other authors band together and help spread the word, and readers contact you to talk about how much they enjoyed your book. So that’s the nicest part. The hardest is when life throws a bunch of curve balls at you, and you’re trying to write, but your head just isn’t in it. That’s when you’re forced to delay a book, and it feels awful doing that because you’re letting people down.

CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?

MW: Probably Cillian, because it was longer than most of my other shorts, so I was able to put a lot more emotion and world building into it.

CJC: For first time readers of your work, which book would you recommend?

MW: Chiseled Chest. It’s fun and silly, steamy and sweet—all the things you can expect from a book of mine. They’re like palate cleansers, something fun and light-hearted to distract you for an hour or too.

CJC: If one of your books were made into a movie, which would you select and who would you like to star in it?

MW: This is really hard! It’s like choosing which child is my favorite. But I’d have to say Her Cowboy Hero, because it’d be really beautiful watching that play out on the big screen. It’s hard to pick the right actors, but I think Christina Hendricks could dress herself down to play Harper, and Jacob Elordi could work as Austin…maybe, hahaha. Makeup and camera angles would be needed to make it match the book though, haha!

CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?

MW: Write in a genre you love to read. That way, you understand what readers are expecting from your story and your cover, and you’re also writing something that makes you happy.

CJC: If you could co-write a book with any author, who would it be and why?

MW: Probably Hope Ford because she has one of the best work ethics I’ve ever seen, and she’s just an all-round lovely person, so I think we’d get along throughout the process. Plus, we wouldn’t argue over cover models because we tend to have similar taste, haha!

CJC: Favorite motto?

MW: Always be yourself unless you suck.

CJC: What do you do to overcome writer’s block?

MW: I don’t actually believe in writer’s block. I call it the ‘I don’t wanna’s instead, because essentially that’s what it is. It takes a lot out of you to conjure a whole story inside your head, and sometimes you’re tired and you just ‘don’t wanna’. For me, the best way to combat that is to set a time for 20mins and just write. Crappy words can be edited, but no words can’t be anything at all.

CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?

MW: Dramatic.

CJC: Which do you find harder to do… writing the blurb for your story or selecting the cover?

MW: Cover. I can bash a blurb out in no time, but the cover is definitely a bit of a time suck for me. It takes forever getting that one image that fits the vision in your head.

CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?

MW: Jenika Snow. That woman just never stops. Her books are amazing and her branding is on point. She is a queen at what she does. I’m in awe.

CJC: What is your writing process like?

MW: Butt in chair, type until I’m done. I’m a panster, not a plotter, so it’s always a bit of a ride from start to finish.

CJC: What new projects are you currently working on and what are your goals for the remainder of the year?

MW: I’m in a few collaborations for Halloween and Christmas, but my big goal is to put out a full length novel called Mine for the Holidays. So that’s my work in progress right now.

CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?

MW: Keep doing what you’re doing! We’re all happier with a book in our hands, right?

Thanks for having me 💗🍩🥰

CJC: Thank you so much Megan for taking the time to spend with the readers and I. I had a great time collaborating with you on this project.

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