Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Author Interview – Megan Hart
How much do you plan your novels before you start writing? Do you know how they will end before you begin to write?
I don't plan very much at all, maybe no more than a chapter or two in advance. I know the beginning, I usually know the end. The middle...not so much. How the characters get from one place to another in the story...that's a surprise. On the other hand, sometimes I have an idea about where it will end and something happens along the way that changes it so I finish in a very different spot than I'd imagined. I just started using Scrivener, which is a writing program that has a lot of bells and whistles for plotters, though. I might like to try some of them out.
How aware are your kids of what you do? How do juggle responsibilities of being a mother, wife, and writer?
My kids have always known me as a writer. I've been writing and publishing for mostly their whole lives - though I didn't start getting bigger contracts until they were in elementary school. As for juggling...I'm not very good at it. I drop a lot of stuff. I don't bake cookies for the bake sale, I sometimes chaperone trips, but I hardly ever volunteer at school. My house is often pretty messy though I try hard to clean it at least once a week. Hey, we all have food and clean clothes and the bills are paid. Beyond that, I think my family can certainly make a peanut butter sandwich and put away laundry when the need arises. I do try to finish up when they get home from school, at least long enough to ask them about their days. Have dinner. Spend some time in the evening watching tv or something.
What books are you reading right now?
Right this very moment in time I just finished The Walking Dead: Volume 6 and I'm about to start whichever issue came after that. I also have Jon Stewart's EARTH and David Wong's John Dies at the End going.