Featured Interview With Megan Sechrest
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a transient. Being a preacher’s daughter, I went wherever my dad was needed. Now, I go wherever my husband takes me. His works moves us around a lot and I’ve lived in over 13 cities and 10 states. I currently reside in Ohio with my husband and four kids. I love animals and the elephant is my favorite, but American suburbia frowns on those. I make peace with my three cats and six chickens.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I’ve loved reading since I knew how, I suppose. My love for writing has always been there too and I journaled and wrote poetry when I was younger and then they started growing into stories and longer ideas. The idea to write professionally was never actually there for me until I was an adult and nothing else fit. I couldn’t find a career that suited me, but writing did.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
It’s funny because I don’t really read fantasy, but that’s what I write. I stick to reading anything with a hint of romance but not necessarily romance genre. I just want the story to captivate me. I’m looking for characters I can relate with and fall in love with. I have so many books that I love, but I have always appreciated the classics the most. The way the words flow so poetically and the language used back then really captivates me.
Jane Austen has always inspired me, ever since I was a young teenager. I’ve always felt like the way she introduced romance into fiction and helped popularize writing for women will always inspire me. She will always be one of the greats in my eyes. I can only ever aspire to be on her level.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
As I said before, I write mostly fantasy. I think what I love about fantasy is the fun of creating a new world and unique and unreal but interesting characters. That’s what I did with THE SLAYER: Hell Awakens. I loved writing this book and working on this series. The first book alone, in conjunction with the outline of the series and prequel, has taken me four years. Honestly, I know that sounds like a lot for one book and an outline. However, this series has a pretty in-depth plot; the farther we dive into the books, and the more you read, the more you’re going to love everything about each character. Although, I’ve been told by some readers that some characters you will have a love\hate relationship with.
I think my favorite character is Arlington, the main character’s (Abigail) quirky and eccentric but also very powerful, warlock father. What I like about Arlington is that in spite of his weirdness, he has a genuine care and love for his daughter, despite what others say and think. Abigail and Arlington start off the book being kind of an estranged pair, and Abbi doesn’t really appreciate her dad for who he is; in fact, she actually calls him by his name– Arlington! But as the story progresses and she finds out secrets to who she truly is, what he is, unlocks the keys to the mystery unfolding around her, she starts to not only appreciate Arlington but also rely on him.
A lot of people ask me how I came up with the name Arlington and think that it’s after Arlington Virginia. Actually, I have the tendency to name my characters after street names! Let’s just say that he’s named after Arlington the street not Arlington the city.
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