Meg Bawden was born and raised in North Queensland, Australia. She’s loved stories since before she can remember and has always enjoyed creating characters of her own, even if it did begin with drawing faces on toilet rolls and giving them names. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she’s loved the M/M genre since 2004, the first book she read being Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez.
Writing M/M since 2007, Meg has never had the confidence to attempt publishing her own stories, but in 2015, she decided that it was all about to change thanks to the amazing friends she’s made in the M/M genre and their support and encouragement. So watch out, world, Meg Bawden is coming out to have some fun!
CC: Where do you keep your inspiration?
MB: Finding inspiration is hard at times. However, I find it best when I have pictures of my characters to guide me. I use Pinterest when I can, but other than that, I have a folder of all my characters/eventual characters and locations. I also create or buy covers in order to inspire me to write and that helps me too. I keep them on my computer and hard drive in order to keep the covers as a surprise until it’s time to be released or pre-released.
CC: Why do you write?
MB: I can’t explain it. Since I was very young, I’ve had characters in my head. I used to pretend to be these characters in order to understand them. My nanna and uncle encouraged my love of stories by taking me to the movies often and that only increased my fascination with characters. I wasn’t very popular as a child, so I preferred to sit at the library and read by myself. I always wrote short stories, until I was in high school. Then I found myself writing a movie script. I quickly turned back to writing stories and novels though when I realized that it was easier to get published than having a movie script accepted. I can’t begin to explain my love for it, but I think it started from writing fanfiction and getting that acceptance from people who loved reading it. Since then, my writing flourished, although it had always been a part of me. When I realized that original M/M fiction was possible, thanks to Alex Sanchez and J.L. Langley, I knew what I wanted to write professionally as well.
CC: Where do you get your ideas?
MB: Everywhere. The littlest thing in real life can create a tiny idea in my head that would then grow until it was a full novel. Just today I watched a video of gay men seeing a vagina for the first time. From watching that, I came up with the idea of a gay male who’s a gynecologist. He meets his love interest through the LI’s sister, who is having a baby. The problem is that I have too many ideas and I have to decide which ones to write first.
CC: How do you choose names for your characters?
MB: I have a love for uncommon names. Not so much strange, but just uncommon. I find these through baby name sites such as nameberry.com. A name has to feel right for me for it to work for a character. Sometimes I love a name, but the character tells me it’s not for him. It’s a matter of listening to that character and getting the right one.
CC: What do you do to stop procrastinating?
MB: I procrastinate a LOT. Sometimes finding ways to break it is really hard, but I find using my inspirational pictures help. As I’m a cover artist, I create book covers for the story and this also helps me. If I’ve already bought/made a cover for the story, I find myself staring at it, willing myself to just write. If doesn’t matter if I think the writing is crap, I could always fix it later. And lastly—music. If I’m writing a dark story, finding the right music can help a lot as well.
Be sure to check back next week when we’ll get a peek into what makes AC Katt tick.