An Interview with Meg Bawden - Author Spotlight

Do you have a favourite genre to read and is it what you write? (and maybe a reason why).

I don’t have a specific favorite genre. I honestly read every genre. As long as it’s romance, I am there. Contemporary, paranormal, science fiction, I will read it all. The only genre that I really haven’t touched on much in historical, but even now I’m starting to read some as well. I also write them all.

What are your favourite types of characters (to write and read)?

Bad boys. I like writing about men who do bad things and have questionable motives, but in the end, they’d do anything for the man, or woman, they love. I could read about bad boys all day.

Quickly, tell us 5 books you love recently.

Oh shivers. Five? Um. Okay. I recently started reading Julia Quinn books, including Penelope’s story, which I’m absolutely loving. I’m also nearly finished Lucy Lennox’s Right as Raine, which is a fun read. I read Ki Brightly’s King’s Virtuous Son, which I absolutely loved (but I may be biased as they are my co-writer and this book was part of our series.), I also read and loved Dead Man Walking by Gianna Darling, which is a MF motorcycle club romance.

What’s been your biggest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

Bad reviews. I wear my heart of my sleeve and while I firmly believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I avoid Goodreads for a reason. I mean, GR isn’t for authors anyway, but I never look at our/my books on that website because I don’t have the heart to. I think as a creative, you want everyone to love your work even though you know that’s not possible, so it’s always disappointing to find out someone really hated it. Saying that, we also have amazing reviews and people who love our books too.

Can you tell us how you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere. It doesn’t matter whether it’s on the internet or in real life, someone just has to say something small and an idea will form. I have a little plot book that I carry around with me so I can write down ideas. I do have to say, though, the biggest inspiration is premade book covers. I always write a lot of ideas from getting covers first.

Do you have a favourite type of setting for your books?

Not really. As I’ve said before, I love everything. I will read and write everything.

Which of your book is your favourite? (why?)

I love all the books myself and Ki write. We always have such a fun time and I think that’s what makes this job so exciting. I mean, there are hide times, but it’s also so exciting to write a book. If I had to choose, I’d say The Boss, only because it started The New Gothenburg world. We hadn’t planned to make it all in one world, but when I decided to add Sloan into the first Kings of Men MC, I realized I wanted our books to always be connected.

What’s your writing process like and/or how do you research for your stories?

I can’t say I have a process. I write every day and I try to write all day, but that doesn’t always work. The brain can be a traitor. In terms of research, it depends on the topic. If it’s something a friend may know about, I’ll consult them a lot of the time, but otherwise I do a lot of googling. When it comes to topics such as a different race or different language, we try to find sensitivity readers to help make sure we haven’t said anything (accidently) inappropriate.

What is your favourite thing about being an author?

People enjoying my or our books. There’s nothing more satisifying than finding out we helped someone escape the real world, even for a few hours. I grew up with books in order to do the exact same thing. So, it’s always amazing to hear someone enjoyed our stories.

And lastly, what advice would you give a new writer?

Don’t give up and try something new. There’s always a lot of advice to follow tropes or trends. While that is true, take a chance and try something new. You could hit something no one else has before and find a new crowd of readers.

Give us 5 points about your book.

1. When we first created the New Gothenburg world, the all female MC, The Harlot Queens MC, were the first characters we created.

2. My favorite character in the world is Sloan Killough.

3. You will always see cameos from other characters in NG books.

4. You can find a reading order for our NG books here:

5. We have a lot more books to write in this world and they all have different tropes, feels, and characters.

Author Bio

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.

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