Here’s an author interview with Megan Morgan. Take it away, Megan…
- How did you start writing erotica?
I’ve always been good at writing sex–sex is awesome! One day I thought: why not get paid for it? I do three things in this world very well: write sex, bake cupcakes, and make a mean margarita. Now I’m making money off all but one of those things, and someday I hope to open a bakery, too.
- What’s your favourite published work of yours and why?
My story What the Doctor Ordered in Smut by the Sea Volume 3 from House of Erotica. The male protagonist was so yummy to write, and the cougar heroine was, well, let’s just say semi-indulgent.
- Where do you draw your inspiration from?
It depends on the project. Anything can inspire me: people I know, TV shows, movies, books, stories of everyday life. When it comes to erotica, there’s so many hot men out there, I just want to write about all of them.
- Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
Not so much writing, but submitting work to publishers. Way back in olden times when we used to submit everything on paper, I would kiss the envelope before I sent my submission off, for luck. I still kiss my laptop screen before I send a submission email. Don’t judge me.
- Where’s your favourite place to write?
At home, in my bed, on my laptop. It’s comfy and cozy and there’s no distractions (except the internet…).
- Do your nearest and dearest know what you do, and if so, what was their reaction when they found out?
Yes, they all know, and they think it’s great and support me. I get a lot of questions and interest and I don’t hide what I do. Maybe it’s my personality–I’m already friends with people who don’t have a problem with erotica. If someone does mind it, I just don’t talk about it with them.
- What was your ideal career when you were a child?
A teacher. I have a good friend who is a teacher and I respect and admire what she does, but it’s very much not for adult me. That’s why I decided to write smut instead. It’s funny how things work out.
- How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
Even if I’m not in the mood, I write. Making yourself write makes you want to write. You have to turn it into a habit. Sometimes I’m full of inspiration and can’t wait to get to the keyboard and sometimes it’s hard, but you do it, because you’re a writer. It’s your job.
- What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
Never stop learning your craft. You don’t know half as much as you think you know.
- Which author, erotic or otherwise would you love to meet and why?
Stephen King. He’s a legend, and the reason I stared writing paranormal stuff way back in the day. He will be one of those great literary masters you learn about in school, a hundred years from now. Just getting to shake his hand would be amazing.
- What’s your favourite genre within erotica and why?
Erotica has something for everyone. I’m so proud to be published with House of Erotica because they literally have something to satisfy everyone’s kinks and tastes and their calls are so interesting, I can’t help but write for them. I’m a big fan of interracial, young man/older woman (yay cougars!), married smut, and anything that wiggles the usual vanilla boundaries. I like fun erotica.
- What are you working on at the moment?
The final book of my Siren Song trilogy, which will be published with Lyrical Press (an imprint of Kensington). The trilogy is urban fantasy and I’m so proud of it.
- What’s the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever taken on? Did you succeed?
In late 2013 I decided after two decades of reluctance, fear, self-doubt, and a mountain of writing sitting on my hard drive, I was done wringing my hands and waiting to be a ‘successful author.’ In early 2014 I submitted a ton of novels, novellas, and short stories to various publishers. Almost all of them were accepted. In 2015 I’m happy to say many of my novels and short stories with multiple publishers will be available for your reading pleasure.
- What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?
The day I got the call from Renee Rocco at Lyrical telling me they were going to acquire my entire urban fantasy trilogy. I didn’t hear half of what she said because I was hyperventilating. Every author waits for ‘the call’ and it was as magical as I hoped. That is, I managed not to cry until I got off the phone.