meghan mcdonnell

Meeting Meghan McDonnell

Meghan is publishing 28 years (and counting) of the journals she has kept since she was eight years old. The journals hold what she can’t say aloud, what she wishes were true and what she fears is true.

The Meghan McDonnell Interview

meghan mcdonnellWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

I play guitar and piano and write my own songs. I want to record an album of upbeat pop song covers in downbeat, tragic-sounding ways.

How did you choose a title for your book?

Originally, I was going to use excerpts of my favourite quotes for titles but that got a little heavy-handed and started to feel cliché. It was getting wordy with all the “Volume One, The Journals of Meghan McDonnell”s so it dawned on me that one word titles would be helpful for brevity’s sake. For each volume I finish transcribing and editing, I meditate on that particular segment of my life and give myself the challenge of summing it up in one (preferably two-syllable) word.

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

I had wanted to be an actor since I was 5 years old. I was embarrassed by that but I moved to Los Angeles at age 28 to give it a shot. I went to classes and auditions and even got a few small parts in plays and indie stuff. I stayed for 4 years and I’m so glad I went, if for no other reason than I wouldn’t have to regret not doing it in my old age. Who was I kidding? I probably did acting-related stuff once or twice a week but I wrote every day, often for hours. Going after my “dream” of being an actor made me realize I’m really a writer and I always have been.

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

I certainly do but I’m hard-pressed to define it. I feel like I have to transcend that as an author and I believe can because I have overcome it as a reader. I don’t write anything off as a reader anymore. I will give anything a shot. I thought I wasn’t into “graphic novels” until my fiancé handed me Habibi by Craig Thompson. I thought I wasn’t into modern YA fiction until my friend shoved John Green’s books into my hands. Never would have fancied myself as interested in imagined worlds of dystopia but they’re in the ether these days and I’ve caught myself enjoying them in various forms. I have never been more open-minded and democratic as a reader and I hope I can somehow make that contagious to my potential readers who may dismiss what I’m doing by saying things like “I don’t read non-fiction” or “Female narratives about daily life are boring.” May I point to a Slate article by Katie Roiphe that does a fine job of articulating what I mean? You never know what amazing gems may lurk behind genres and covers you think are not your thing.

What is the book you wish you had written?

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin. That book is tight. He’s a master of construction. If I compare our writing structures, he builds cathedrals and I build canvas tents.

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

I recently stopped smoking which is an addiction more than a habit. I’m so pleased to have kicked that beast, I’ll let myself off the hook for other minor transgressions (cussing, drinking whisky, the occasional uncharitable thought, etc.)

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

My perfect murder would involve an icicle as the main weapon. Since that evidence would melt, I may not have to hide the body. Plan b: I’d put the body in a vat of hydrofluoric acid. Or I could just be making this up to throw you off the scent.

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Minor Cover_Final meghan mcdonnellWHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT Meghan AND HER BOOK?

You can find Minor in Kindle or Paperback format here:

You can also catch up with Meghan on her website here: meghanmcdonnell.blogspot.co.uk

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