Today we have the first half of a dynamic couple who both are Indie authors! Please give a warm welcome to Megan Parker!
Megan J. Parker lives in upstate New York in a small town that is no easier to spell than it is to pronounce. She lives with her adoring fiancé, Nathan Squiers, and her two devil kitties, Trent and Yuki (don’t let their innocent looks deceive you, they are devious little cats). Normally, she can be found with her face plastered to her MacBook Pro either designing a new book cover or writing/plotting her latest story. Currently, she is a full-time college student majoring in Visual Communications and once she graduates, she plans to continue writing and work more on cover designing as well as layout and format designs for novels/short stories. On her down time, she likes reading and watching comedy or romantic movies. Her passion for telling stories is portrayed in all her work and when there’s a story to tell, you can be sure she’ll tell it to its full extent. She now is a co-owner for the up and coming publishing company, Tiger Dynasty Publishing, and is hoping to continue to expand this company to great lengths.
When did you start writing and why?
I started writing when I was in middle school and it started as poetry just to get my thoughts and feelings portrayed. However, in early high school I transitioned to fiction/short stories and it sparked from there.
If you are a parent how does being a parent affect your writing and writing habits? Or does it?
I am not a parent but I do have three needy and crazy cats that have become my writing buddies. They will sit with my fiancé, Nathan Squiers, and myself and relax while we write.
Who is your favorite author and why?
JR Ward is my favorite author because her writing style is gritty and even though she writes in a paranormal romance genre, her stories aren’t PURE romance and are filled with depth and emotion.
What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
With my main series, “Scarlet Night”, I hope to help authors transcend the female heroine in paranormal romance. Serena is a tough as nails, kick-ass character and reviewers have claimed that she is one of the stronger characters out there right now in paranormal romance.
Traditional or Self publishing? Why?
I’d say I’m a little bit of both. It depends on certain aspects, if you are a stickler with a certain piece, self-publishing can be a better option due to have full control of your piece and how it looks, feels, reads, etc. However, if you are looking for an easier marketing and a most cost-efficient way of saving money on cover art and editing, traditional can be your better option,
Talk about your journey into the wide world of publishing.
I started with an Indie publisher and due to some differences in opinions we parted ways and I have since then moved on to become a co-owner to a new and upcoming Indie publisher that is rapidly making it’s way into bookstores and worldwide rights.
Tell us about your book (s)
My series, “Scarlet Night” is a trilogy that is centered around a female vampire clan leader who is coming to terms with her responsibilities as well as a male beastly (literal) vampire who is magically cursed. Their journey is filled with comedic elements, romance, action and more!
My other series I am working on with Nathan Squiers is the “Shattered” trilogy and it takes on the side of a female human with leukemia and her love triangle with a childhood friend with a secret of his own and a new vampire who can promise new life for her…even though she doesn’t want to be a vampire.
What inspired you to write these books (or in this genre)?
I think the paranormal series allows for so much more creative elements. Humans can be fun as well, however vampires and creatures of night have so much more diversity and so much more power behind them.
Tell us why we should love or hate your main character?
Serena Vailean isn’t like your average female heroine. She is strong-willed and she may be a bitch, but she can back up her actions with her power. She is loving and loyal to those she gets close to and even though she has a tough persona, she really is a lovable character.
Do(es) your book(s) have a soundtrack?
My books mostly have a Japanese soundtrack, “Scarlet Night” was written mostly on a “D’espairs Ray” soundtrack.
And Stay tuned next week to speak with her other half Nathan! 🙂