An Interview With Megan Cyrulewski, Author of Who Am I?

Hi everyone, and this week I’d like to introduce Megan Cyrulewski, author of Who Am I? How My Daughter Taught Me to Let Go and Live Again. Megan is a lawyer specialising in mediation services. She is currently working her first novel, a legal thriller.

The Review

Who Am IWho Am I? is a book about one woman’s journey through post-natal depression (post partum depression in some parts of the world), a manipulative and psychologically punishing relationship and back into the light of life and love. It’s an autobiography of someone who has ‘been there’ and understands what others could similarly experience.

The overwhelming feeling I had from reading the book though, was that it was cathartic; almost a process Megan had to go through to come to terms with who she was and her role in the life she had forged for herself and her daughter.

It is a story of hope although I must admit I did find myself thinking ‘why would you do that?’ on several occasions; rather like the part of a film where the audience knows the killer is behind the door but the heroine doesn’t.

Megan doesn’t pull any punches. She holds her hand up to say she made mistakes and she’s happy to accept responsibility for things she might have done differently. It’s a refreshing approach as similar books I’ve read seem to have a tendency to want to assign all the blame elsewhere. I’d like to wish her congratulations for getting through it and coming out a wiser person.

The Megan Cyrulewski Interview

Megan CyrulewskiWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I was suspended in 6th grade for forging my Dad’s signature on an exam I failed. It might have worked except for the fact that my Dad was President of the School Board at the time and had his signature on a lot of letters/memos the teachers received on a weekly basis. Not too bright, I know.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Insomnia! If I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea of how to write my next chapter, I can’t just write down some notes and come back to it in the morning. I actually have to write it at that moment.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so what?

If I could be on Dancing with the Stars, I think my life would be fulfilled.

Have you ever written naked?

I have to pick this question because it’s hilarious! And of course, now I’m wondering about all of the authors I have read and if they were naked when they wrote their books. As for myself, nope. Can’t say that I have – but there’s always a first for everything!

Are you jealous of other writers?

Oh yeah! I see other writers post on Facebook that they wrote 10,000+ words that day. How do they do that?

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

The most important lesson I learned was in high school, but it wasn’t in a class; it was playing softball. I was the starting pitcher for our high school team. One game, I had an extremely harsh inning. I was having on off-day and I could not throw a strike to save my life. It got so bad that I heard the coach from the other team tell his team not to swing at anything. Sure enough, I walked so many batters that we got had to end the inning because of the “mercy” rule.

I remember feeling so defeated and angry that my coach didn’t take me out of the inning. He pulled me aside (as I was close to tears) and told me that he kept me in so I could see how strong I was. I kept pitching even though I was frustrated. I kept pitching even though every batter from the other team never swung at anything. I kept pitching and did not give up. What an invaluable lesson at the tender age of 15! I wish I could say we came back and beat them but we lost 27-1. But I got more out of that game than any other game I’ve ever played in – including the games we won.

Tea, Coffee, Water, Juice, Wine or Beer … which do you prefer when writing?

Coffee in the morning, water during the day and wine at night. J

Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have?

I tap my pen when I type. It’s really weird and annoying. When I’m thinking of something, I tap the pen on my computer. I’ve gotten “looks” from other people when I’ve been in a coffee shop.

If you could commit the perfect murder where would you hide the body?

If I told you, then it wouldn’t be the perfect murder, would it?   My next book is crime fiction, so you will probably have the answer to this question some time next year.

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Where can I find out more about Megan and her book?

You can find Who Am I in Kindle and paperback format here:

You can also meet her on

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/.

 

 

3 thoughts on “An Interview With Megan Cyrulewski, Author of Who Am I?

  1. billgncs says:

    often when we fail in sport, that we take the biggest lesson away. Glad you got through your depression, I had a friend who’s wife battled that back about 30 years ago before much was known of it and it was like a horror movie.

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