Megan, you’ve just published your first collection of stories, how does that makeyou feel?
—Frustrated, not relieved. As a writer, I never feel that my writing is completely “done;”there is
room for improvement. I could continue writing, tweaking, and re-writingthese stories for months—maybe years, and probably will.
That does sound frustrating, but also rewarding. In your short stories, I noticed thatyou often explore the topic of love. Why love?
—I think love is a topic that has presented itself to me in many different ways over theyears. My best friend is engaged, my roommate has been through numerous guys and is just now figuring out that she was in love with her best friend from the beginning, myother roommate is obsessive about the failures of relationships, I lost my dad to cancer almost four years ago, and I’ve watched my mom struggle with relationships and feelingthat desire to be needed, and I have been dating my boyfriend since I was a junior in highschool. Love has always been an interesting subject to me because it is
abstract anddiffers in meaning for every single person. So I enjoy investigating the different forms of love and what it can do—and means—to a person.
So since love is such an interesting subject in your life, do you use your ownpersonal experiences as inspiration? Your stories seem autobiographical at times.
— “The Girl in the Mirror,” came from a low point during my sophomore year where Imet this guy who lived in the same dorm as me. We would spend hours talking andhanging out, watching movies, etc. Meanwhile, my boyfriend of three years went tocollege three hours away. To make a long story short, the relationship I developed with