Megan Hart writes books. Some of them use a lot of bad words, but most of the other words are okay.
She can’t live without music, the internet, or the ocean, but she and Coke Zero have a complicated relationship. She can’t stand the feeling of corduroy or velvet, and modern art leaves her cold. She writes a little bit of everything from horror to romance.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? I’ve always been a writer. Since I learned to write, I’ve made up stories and put them into writing. When I was about twelve I realized that people did this sort of thing for a living, and I decided right then I wanted to be a writer. And now I am!
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I’m not sure I have a “usual” writing day. It depends on deadlines. What projects I’m working on. Generally, I get up, shower, dress, eat breakfast at my desk while I look at emails and Facebook and Twitter. Then I get to work on the goal for the day – usually a word count if I’m writing a rough draft. Editing or revising or promotional stuff if I’m not.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? I don’t suffer from block so much as lack of motivation. By that I mean I don’t often run out of ideas. Just the motivation to get them into words. I overcome it by powering through, or switching projects if I’m able. Sometimes I clean something. File, organize, that sort of thing.
4.Are you a plotter or panster when it comes to writing a story? Mostly a pantser, though I will plot ahead a little bit. Maybe a few chapters. I don’t outline in advance.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiring authors? I’ve been writing stories since I learned to write. The publishing process was long and tedious and exhilarating and amazing and fantastic and drudgery and torture. Just like it is for most writers, I guess. My advice? If you want to be a writer, write. Write some more. And then some more. Keep writing.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? Winning the 2013 Book of the Year award from RT Reviews Magazine. Being on the NYT Bestseller list and USA Today list. Having someone tell me one of my books was the best they ever read.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. My next release, Vanilla, is about a dominant woman who falls for a non-submissive man. Here’s a little taste! It’s a short scene between Elise, the heroine, and her friend/boss, Alex Kennedy.
“Where you going for the weekend?”
“A nude beach,” Alex said.
I swiveled again in my chair. “What?”
“Gotcha. Have you ever gone to one of those?”
“A nude beach.” I shuddered. “No. Are you really going?”
“How about one of those all-inclusive sex resorts?”
Again, I shuddered. “Um, no. Seriously, is that where you’re going?”
“No. Just to Miami.”
“Close enough,” I told him. “Are you gonna get a little nipped and tucked while you’re there?”
“Nah. Just lie out on the beach in my man thong.” Alex grinned and turned around to show me his butt, clad in tailored trousers I was sure had cost as much as one of my car payments. Man knew how to dress, I’d give him that.
“Don’t send me any selfies, please.”
Alex looked deadpan. “Oh, I’ll tag you in every one of them.”
“Sicko.” I shook my head with a sigh. “Are you coming in on Monday?”
“Why? Are you planning on being late?”
“No. Just wondered.”
“You don’t have some big weekend planned?” Alex asked.
I shook my head again. “Nope. The gallery show. That’s it. Nothing much else going on. Oh, I might head over to the sex dungeon for some hardcore pony play, maybe look for a new vinyl suction bed—” I stopped at the look on his face. “Gotcha.”
“What the hell is a vinyl suction bed?”
“It’s this bed you get in and they put a little breathing tube in your mouth, and then they suck out all the air,” I told him. “Like vacuum packed. Like those bags you use to store sweaters, only for sex.”
Alex winced. “Shit. I thought I’d seen some stuff, but that is really…”
“I am not looking for a vinyl suction bed,” I told him. “As if I’d tell you, if I were.”
“That’s maybe a little too kinky, huh?”
“It’s only too kinky if you’re not into it,” I said with a laugh.
“But the pony play,” he said. “That’s real?”
We both burst into laughter. Pony play is totally a real thing, but I’d never done anything like that. I hadn’t even seen it done. Nobody I’d ever met had really done it.
“I think that’s some serious kind of Anne Rice Sleeping Beauty series stuff,” I told him. “I mean, yeah, I guess it’s real, but no, I’m not planning on harnessing my lover up to a carriage with a horsetail up his ass and having him pull me around this weekend.”
“Why not? It sounds like fun,” Alex said, and paused for a beat before adding, “so you do have a lover!”
“Oh, my God,” I cried. “You’re obsessed with sex! Get out of here, you perv! Go take your wife to Miami and lie around on a beach getting drunk.”
“Don’t forget about the man thong,” Alex added and ducked out of the office before I could throw something at him.
8.What audience is your book targeted for, and what genre does it come under? My book is erotic romance and is targeted for adult readers.
9.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I like to watch movies, read, take long hot showers and dance! Not professionally. Just as a hobby.
10.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) Learn how to interact on social media – get to know readers and DO NOT SPAM. Don’t target your Facebook posts to other authors. Yes, we read, but if you get to know us as individuals rather than BUY MY BOOK, we’re more likely to support your books. Don’t mass invite people to online book release parties. Basically, be a human being, not a marketing machine. Or at the very least make your marketing machine act enough like a human being that we don’t notice.
11.How much of your books are realistic / based on true experiences/ people?Everything I write is fiction and all of it is true.