Meghan M. Gorecki is a twenty-something living a hundred or so miles from Gettysburg and a hundred or so years from the history that beckons her. So she goes there (and elsewhere) in heart and on pages. Meghan works as a medical receptionist by day and types away on her novels and blogs at night. She’s a redhead thanks to a box, but a daughter of God thanks to the Cross.
For more info, visit her website: http://www.justasiam-meghan.com/.
Welcome to The Engrafted Word, Meghan! It’s wonderful to have you here!
Savanna: First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on yesterday’s release of your debut novel God’s Will. I can’t wait to read it! You mention on your website that you started writing this story when you were 13. Can you tell us what first inspired the story?
Meghan: Thank you so much, Savanna! I got the my first box of books in just Wednesday night and it felt like such a dream come true after working on it for so long. What first inspired this story was a vivid dream I had that I just couldn’t shake. There was a young woman in dark woods during a thunderstorm and after lightening struck a tree, a tree limb fell and pinned her legs to the ground, paralyzing her. With my handy-dandy typewriter, I began working on the first draft.
Meghan: I hope and pray that everyone who reads my novel takes comfort and reassurance away with them. That being in God’s will is truly the sweetest place to be–no matter what the road they took to get there.
Savanna: What was a favorite step in the self-publishing journey for you and what would you say has been the hardest part so far?
Meghan: My favorite part was collaborating on the book cover! It was so exciting to work with such a talented, mind reader like Rachel Rossano as we put together God’s Will‘s cover. The first mock cover only had a handful of tweaks and voila! She worked her magic.
The hardest part would probably be an ongoing struggle for me of believing in this novel of my heart and telling people about it. If this is any indication–I hid in my room during my third birthday party. Always being shy, my writing it where I can open up and say anything, be anyone, and even, like in God’s Will, process things and pour my heart out in ways I couldn’t verbalize. As time goes on, I’m learning to have fun putting my novel out there and respecting it as the finished work of many years hard work.
Savanna: Can you tell us an author who challenges/inspires you and why?
Meghan: One author that inspires me is Jocelyn Green. Gosh that was a difficult choice–all the authors I read inspire and challenge me in different ways. She writes in my favorite era–the Civil War. The way she so tightly interweaves real history in and around fictional characters is enviable to me, and also a challenge. To honor the history I so love to study but to make it come alive to the reader so they sit back at the end of the book and feel like they just came back from time-traveling.
Savanna: I agree! I love Jocelyn’s stories as well. Living so close to Gettysburg and having talked with you before, I know history is very important to you. Name one historical figure you would have enjoyed getting to meet in person and have lunch with? 🙂
Meghan: Oh gosh … each question keeps getting harder! *laughs* I would love to have spent time with Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. She lived such a fascinating life, in my opinion, and I would just love to sit down and here stories from her childhood with her three sisters and parents.
Savanna: Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? If so, can you tell us why it means so much to you?
Meghan: One of my favorite books of the Bible is Psalms. They are all written so transparently to the Lord, yet they are divinely inspired. They bolster me, comfort and steady my heart when I pray them to our awesome God.
Meghan: I am working on a six book standalone series set in Pennsylvania during the Civil War, (working title) The Keystone Legacy Series. I am beyond excited for this series, and am having difficulty focusing on one book at a time before moving onto the next one. I’m also planning on entering Rooglewood Press’ next upcoming fairy tale short story/novella contest. Details for that coming June 1st. I’ll be participating in it’s cover reveal June 1st on my blog, Just As I Am; and you can always connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you again, Savanna, for having me!
Savanna: It’s been so much fun to have you join us today, Meghan. We are definitely celebrating with you and will be anxiously waiting to read more of your stories soon! Have a blessed week!
As always, Readers, we love to hear from you too, so don’t be shy! Do you have a question or comment for Meghan?
Also, she’s throwing a GIVEAWAY on her blog this week, so be sure to stop by and enter to win your own copy of God’s Will here…