5 BURNING QUESTIONS WITH MEGHAN PHILLIPS

  1. What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Getting to dig into the “what if?” of all the weird ideas I get.

  1. How often do you get new ideas? A thousand a second, or every 12 years when the moon is full and the stars align?

I get ideas a lot. I’ve worked in an archive for the last two years, and a lot of times when I’m processing a collection or doing research for a patron I’ll see something that feels like a story. The problem is, I get ideas, but then I have to let them hang out in my brain for a while. Sometimes it’ll be over a year before I can find a way into an idea.

  1. Who is your favorite author that you don’t know personally? Who is your favorite author that you do know personally?

This is an impossible question to answer with only one name. My favorite authors that I don’t know personally are Margaret Atwood, Sarah Waters, Kelly Link, Laura van den Berg, Amber Sparks, and Kevin Wilson. I’m lucky to know so many talented writers through the magic of the Internet, and they are all my favorite, but writers that I have a deeper relationship with than trading GIFs on Twitter are Amy Rossi, Laura Citino, Tyler Barton, Erin Dorney, and Matthew Kabik.

  1. What is your most re-read book, if any, and why?

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster. I find this book really comforting. It’s weird and a little disturbing and it’s got great pictures. Plus, my copy was my godmother’s, and it has her notes and doodles in it from when she was in the 6th grade.

  1. What kind or creative rituals or patterns do you have?

Um. I do almost all my drafting longhand. I like to make playlists of songs that feel like what I’m writing.

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Come out and hear Meghan read at Writers & Words, July 11th at Charmingtons!

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