I am delighted that you’ve opted to take part in my blog. It is always a bright moment in my day when I can introduce a new author to our readers.
JA: Please tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer?
M: I have always wanted to write but never thought I would be able to break into this industry. I finally took a chance and submitted my work. After 33 rejection letters, I was offered a contract. My book should release this summer!
JA: Would you share with our followers the inspiration behind your book?
M: About three years ago, I was going through a really crazy period in my life. People told me that I needed to write a book, so I did.
JA: Is this your chosen genre, and are you considering others?
M: Hopefully, this will be the only time I write a memoir! I am actually working on my second book, a legal thriller.
JA: Do you have other published works?
A: I have, but they were legal briefs for the government so I had to sign a confidentiality agreement. (Real exciting stuff, I know.)
JA: It was writing experience at best, too bad we can’t brag about it.
JA: Tell us about your experience with your publisher.
M: Black Opal Books is my publisher. They are located on the west coast. I have had nothing but a positive experience with them. My fellow BOB authors welcomed me with open arms. It’s a really great publishing company and I’m so thankful they took a chance on me. You can find them at http://www.blackopalbooks.com
JA: Illustrations or photos for covers are so important to successful marketing. Do you use an illustrator or photographer for your book(s)? If so do you always use the same one, or do you shop around?
M: I can’t show my book cover yet, but I used an extremely talented photographer to capture the perfect image. Her name is Ksenija Savic and you can find her work at: www.ksenijasavic.com
JA: Megan, are you doing much marketing for your book and for yourself as a brand?
M: You know, someone asked me once why I market myself when I have a publisher. My answer is, why not? My book is being edited right now so why not take advantage of this time and make connections? I’m having a blast meeting new authors, buying new books and interviewing authors for my blog.
JA: Do you spend much time in research, or do you write from experience?
M: A little of both. When I was in law school, I learned that there are exceptions to every rule of law. So for my legal thriller, I’ve used the exceptions as my plot.
JA: What Point of view do you feel most comfortable with, first person or third?
M: Obviously my memoir is the first person, but I feel more comfortable writing in the third person.
JA: How do you feel about all of the share your work offers on the web?
M: I really don’t like sharing my work with anyone except my publishing company. I shared a little bit of my work with a guy I just started dating. He ripped it to shreds. After he crushed my ego, he then told me that he hatedfiction and hated John Grisham. Good thing he told me that after I let him read a snippet of my fiction legal thriller. (Let’s just say there was never a second date.)
JA: He sounds like a real jerk that you are well rid of.
JA: Megan please list your links so our readers can find you.
M: I created my own website: www.megancyrulewski.com
JA: What kind of future do you see for writers and struggling authors?
M: I really think self-publishing is on its way up. I’ve met a lot of self-published authors who are happy to market themselves. Don’t get me wrong, I love my publisher but I’m also glad that self-publishing is gaining more acceptance. There is a lot of talent that agents and/or publishing companies reject because I don’t think a simple query letter is a good representation of someone’s work.
Megan Cyrulewski has been writing short stories ever since she was ten-years-old. After attending Grand Valley State University, Megan eventually settled into a career in the non-profit sector for eight years. She decided to change careers and went back to school to get her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While in school, she documented her divorce, child custody battle and postpartum depression struggles in her memoir, Who Am I?, which is slated to be published in 2014 by Black Opal Books. Megan lives in Michigan with her 3-year-old daughter who loves to dance, run, read, and snuggle time with Mommy. Megan also enjoys her volunteer work with Troy Youth Assistance, a non-profit that works with youth in Troy, Michigan.
Thank you, Megan, for taking time from your blog and writing to participate in my writing blog.
I wish you all the best with your book and future projects.