Megan Whitson Lee
Why I Started Writing:
The earliest thing I remember writing was a short story for my grandfather. He asked me to write a ghost story and title it "The Ghost of Fleetwood Road." (We lived on Fleetwood Road at the time). I must have been in the second grade, and I'm sure it was quite primitive, but I wrote and illustrated the pages and stapled them together like a book. My grandfather was thrilled and showed it to family and friends. That episode planted a seed in my young brain. I liked the feeling of entertaining others with a story. So I continued doing it.
In college, I became more serious about writing. I was a music major in my undergraduate years, majoring in vocal performance. During a particularly difficult semester, I had to spend many, many hours at the piano learning chordal progressions. It was then I realized I didn't want to be sitting at the piano keyboard ... I wanted to be at the computer keyboard.
Authors Who Have Influenced Me:
My grandmother encouraged me to read the classics, so I grew up reading Wuthering Heights, The Secret Garden, and Jane Eyre. Later, I read a lot of Danielle Steele, Anne Rice, and Frank Peretti. I think I've gleaned something different from all my influences, but at my deepest core I love a good (realistic) conflict with a lot of tension and if there's a creepy setting ... all the better!
Books I Have Written:
Captives, a contemporary novel about human trafficking, was a Selah Award finalist and won the 2016 Director's Choice Award at the Blue Ridge Mountain Writers Conference. Dealing with the same subject matter, Suburban Dangers was released this year. My Regency novel Dangerous to Know is loosely based on the marriage of Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke.
What I'm Working On Now:
Currently, I'm working on the sequel to Dangerous to Know (working title Broadwell Abbey).