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Welcome to my Sunday Showcase where I am delighted to feature wonderful authors and illustrators. Everyone has successfully journeyed the path of publishing with my guidance and I am so proud to share interesting insights into what makes them unique.
I am delighted to introduce Everything Publishing Academy author/publisher, Meagan Dux.
|1. Where do you get your ideas?||I’m quite fortunate that most of my ideas come to me when I least expect them, I usually get a single idea and then I work from there. Sometimes I get my ideas from everyday life and situations where I wonder what would happen and how someone would deal with them.|
|2. If you could be anywhere in the world where would it be and why?||Canada or Alaska for sure! I’ve always wanted to go to these two places, and I’m obsessed with winter. I’ve always wanted to live somewhere where winter is really cold. I love the cold more than I can express so if I could, that’s where you’d find me. Writing away in a cabin somewhere surrounded by snow sounds like my idea of perfection.|
|3. How did publishing your first book change your writing process?||I’d say it changed the way I approach my novels now. I’m more aware of the way I express certain emotions and situations, and I know how to get the most out of my characters now. It’s also taught me to love every single step of the process, even editing!|
|4. Do you have any strange writing habits?||I wouldn’t necessarily say that I have any strange writing habits, but I have to write with music playing through my headphones. If I’m not working at my desk I always have the tv on in the background too, I don’t have anything on in particular, I just like the white noise. Although sounds like my dogs barking, people talking or phones ringing drives me nuts when I’m writing. I guess I like to drown out all of the background noise with my music.|
|5. What is your favourite quote?||“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”|
|6. How do you choose the names for your characters?||I have a list of names I use for characters written down in a notebook, but if I ever get stuck I usually use google or I go on Facebook and read through comments to pick names from there.|
|7. Which of your characters would you be least likely to get along with?||I’m currently writing my third novel and I have female character in there that isn’t very nice and is over the top in a bad way, so I’d have to say it would be her.|
|8. What literary character is most like you?||I don’t know if I could pinpoint any particular literary character that I’m like, but I’d say I’m fairly relatable to Delilah (from my novels ‘The Rise of Delilah’ and ‘The Miracle of Delilah’) and Isy (who’s the main character in my third novel).|
|9. What is the most difficult thing about writing a character from the opposite sex?||Probably thinking about how they would respond/act in certain situations. I also find it difficult to write how male characters would feel and express that, but I’m getting better at it. I’m quite lucky that I have two brothers and my best friend is a guy, so when I get stuck I usually ask for their advice and that helps.|
|10. What is the hardest thing about writing?||Making sure my stories are engaging and different from the millions of other books that are out in the world.|
|11. What got left out of the final draft?||I didn’t take anything major out of my final drafts for the two Delilah books I wrote; I manly took out things I didn’t think worked well with what I was trying to get across.|
|12. If you could tell your younger self anything what would it be?||Not to take anything that is said or done in high school so seriously. Once you leave school all the stuff that seemed important suddenly isn’t and you end up wasting so much time. I’d tell myself to just focus on what makes me happy and work hard for my dreams, regardless of what anyone tells me. I’d also tell myself that I matter and I am important, even if people try to make me believe otherwise.|
|What are your social media links?||Facebook: www.facebook.com/authormeagandux