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Author spotlight: Megan Lowe

23 January 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Megan Lowe. She will be attending ARR2020 in Melbourne.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

I first started writing romance about five years ago, I think. That was when I first started reading it as well.

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

EL James. I saw the Fifty Shades books in Big W and thought it was going to be a huge thing. I didn’t realise they had already been picked up to be made into movies at that point. From there, with the help of Amazon recommendations, I was introduced to the world of indie romance and have never looked back!

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

I have dabbled, badly, in fantasy, with romance mixed in of course. I would love to write something like Sarah J Maas does, but I don’t think my world building would ever be as thorough as hers is.

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

It would be my newest, Royal Blue. I’d cast Zac Effron as Harley and Blake Lively as Cerulean.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Not hating it as you’re writing it. Ideas come easily. But not hating it? I get to that point in every book I write and every time I feel like scrapping it. I’m lucky that by that stage I’ve got edits booked, or committed to it with a publisher so I don’t go there, but it happens every book.

What is your favourite place to write?

My study. It’s down the other end of the house from everyone and I can turn my music up and do whatever I want or need to get the story out.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Knley from No Place to Hide was inspired by Lzzy Hale, the lead singer of Halestorm. Lzzy is such a strong, fierce woman. She’s a true force to be reckoned with, and the first time I saw her on stage I knew A) I wanted to create a character that was just like her, and B) I wanted to be her when I grew up.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

Hush, Hush by Lucia Franco. I just loved the affection her characters had for each other. It was palpable, something I felt like I could reach out and touch. It’s my book of 2019.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

It’s a mature YA, enemies to lovers story. It’s set in Savannah, Georgia, a beautiful town where my girl Cerulean and her sisters rule the school. That’s threatened when a hot new quarterback comes to town, but my girl gives as good as she gets! There’s football, there’s drama, and a few surprises thrown in along the way! It’s called Royal Blue and is the first book in my Sovereigns of Savannah series.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

I bought a cover a while ago that I absolutely loved and that story has kind of overtaken me. I was planning on writing it in 2021, but it’s pushed it’s way in. I’m also hoping to work on a MM bully YA duet. I love writing MM and I can’t wait to get back to it. I’ve never written a bully romance, or a duet, but I’m excited to fully let my evil side go and see where it takes me! I’ll also be releasing Regal Purple, book two of my Sovereigns of Savannah series in February!

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.

 

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