Interview with Meg Anne, author of Crown of Embers
21 May 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, Crown of Embers?
It’s the third book in my fantasy romance series, The Chosen. It follows Helena, who is finally learning to control her newfound powers and her mate Von, who is helping her come to terms with being a warrior. The stakes are much higher in this book than the others because the Chosen are on the brink of war for the first time in centuries. Unfortunately for the Chosen, their failure doesn’t just mean death.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
When I was nine or so, I read a book and was so disappointed with the ending I decided I could do better. That was the beginning of my love affair with writing, although it was almost twenty years later before I got serious about it.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Gah. This is impossible for me to answer unless I stick to entire series. The Black Jewels series by Anne Bishop; Harry Potter (I have what we can refer to as a mild obsession); Song of Ice and Fire; The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas.
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Oh man, I have no clue. I guess it would depend on what was going on in my life at the moment. Right now the first name that pops out is George RR Martin. I’d love to chat with him about how he can create worlds and story lines on such an intricate scale without getting entirely lost. And then I’d like him to tell me more about how things end for Jon Snow and a certain lady.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The discovery. I love the lightbulb moments when everything comes together and the plot unfolds in my mind. I’m more pantser than plotter, meaning I generally know where the story is going but not always how to get there. I love that my characters can surprise me and totally derail what I thought was going to happen.
What is a typical day like for you?
These days I work my 9 to 5 and then come home to write for a few hours to help unwind. I spend a lot of time in traffic, so I use it to listen to podcasts, or let my brain work through my next scene. It gets me primed for writing so I can knock out whatever my goal is for that day. If I’m not writing, I’m binging Netflix or playing video games.
What scene in Crown of Embers was your favorite to write?
Von and Helena visiting Talyria for the first time. The Talyrians are a dragon/lion hybrid that were hidden for centuries so its not just their first time, its the first time anyone has been allowed to visit in living memory. I am a big animal person, especially cats, so I had a lot of fun imagining what it would be like and incorporating all of the things I would hope to see and do into the scene.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
I call it my ball of sunshine philosophy: Never be the person who ruins someone else’s day. Be the person that makes it better.
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