Meg Eden is one of our featured writers for a 2020 reading which has been postponed, but we wanted to introduce you to her anyway. Check out our interview with her below.
What is your first memory of writing for fun?
Probably middle school. All the “cool kids” were writing poetry online. I conformed, got hooked, and kept writing after the fad passed. It was also around this time that my history teacher told me I was a good writer. I hadn’t really thought about writing before these things, but both of them were instrumental in getting me to write for fun.
How many drafts = done?
When I can look at it after a year and still love it without marking the red pen all over it. This can be anywhere from one to one hundred drafts. Have a novel right now that’s on about draft twenty and I’m still not happy with it. But I keep coming back to it, so one day it will get there.
What is your favorite book or favorite book-of-the-moment?
The Bible is the single most versatile and most relevant book, especially right now in these scary, often discouraging times. I know that’s totally a cop-out answer, but it’s true!
I also just finished Barbara Dee’s “Maybe He Just Likes You” and have been using the quarantine to fall in love with a genre I’d never really read before, middle grade. Dee’s book made me feel like a seventh grader again (which was also ironically when I started enjoying writing!)
What is it about your discipline that gets you the most excited?
Anything is possible in writing. I never know what’s going to happen next. It’s such a spiritual process; I’m completely not in control. I’m excited to come to the page and see what God gives me for the day. I’m like an archaeologist, digging, wondering what I might discover, and I simultaneously love and am completely terrified of the whole process.
What’s your favorite word or words? What about it/them appeals to you?
Defenestration. It makes me laugh every time I say it. I also love the word ubiquitous, in part because it was one of my vocab words in elementary school, but would easily impress any adults in my life, who couldn’t believe some punk kid like me would know a word like ubiquitous. Also it’s just so much fun to say!
Bonus question: What level of quarantine are you at? 1) relaxing with a book, 2) the dog clears her throat too loudly, 3) hot dog fries, 4) THE PRINTER IS BROKEN I DON’T NEED A PRINTER, 5) I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.
Ha! Depends on the day. I think mostly hovering around 3. We have been eating like college students more days than not. One day our delivery groceries were out of blueberry waffles and I lost it. Sometimes I just NEED WAFFLES.
Meg Eden’s work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel “Post-High School Reality Quest” (2017), and the poetry collection “Drowning in the Floating World” (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES Library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games (https://super.magfest.org/mages-blog). Find her online at http://www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.