I’m continuing our Coffee & Conversation series with presenters from the upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV 25th Annual Conference: And Still We R(ev)ise! This time, I’m shining the spotlight on picture book author, Megan Wagner Lloyd. But first, if you’ve missed our previous interviews, here’s the links!
Megan Wagner Lloyd
Megan is the author of Finding Wild and Fort-Building Time, as well as the upcoming picture books Building Books, Paper Mice, and The ABCs of Catching Zs. She lives with her family in the Washington D.C. area.
And Still We R(ev)ise, Friday, 2:40 PM – 3:30 PM
With Laura Gehl, Carollyne Hutter, Megan Wagner Lloyd, Sue Macy, Lakita Wilson, Moderator: Suzanna Banwell: A panel of authors from various genres discuss their tried-and-true techniques for making their work better with each draft and how to handle the emotional ups and downs of the revision process.
Picture (Book) Perfect, Sunday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Intensive Workshops: A two-part workshop for writers of picture books.
Part 2, Your Picture Book Voice with Megan Wagner Lloyd, Courtney Pippin-Mathur, Maria Gianferrari: Three picture book authors share how they stay true to, develop, and refine their unique voices throughout drafting and revision. Author Megan Wagner Lloyd (Finding Wild, Fort-Building Time) will discuss her discovery of her lyrical creative voice. Author Maria Gianferrari (Coyote Moon, Terrific Tongues, Hawk Rising) will show the strategies she uses for structuring and polishing her nature-focused narrative non-fiction voice. And author/illustrator Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Maya Was Grumpy and Dragons Rule, Princesses Drool) will share how she stays true to her humorous and slightly fantastical artistic voice while incorporating both art and text revision feedback in the publication process. Followed by a Q&A.
And now, on with the interview!
Megan, what was your favorite book as a child? As a teen? And now, as an adult?
One of my favorites as a child was definitely Charlotte’s Web. Also the Brambly Hedge books by Jill Barklem. As a teen I read a lot of Madeleine L’Engle, Ray Bradbury, and Hemingway. My favorite adult book right now is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
How were you inspired to write your current or upcoming release?
I like to brainstorm by making lists of things that I love. I love the four distinct seasons and I loved making forts as a kid and I love celebrating kids’ creativity—so I stirred all those together to come up with Fort-Building Time.
You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read! Your glasses are fine, (whew,) so what’s the first book you crack open?
Sounds like a good time to re-read all the Harry Potter books!
For one day, time travel is a reality and you have the opportunity to visit any famous deceased author you want. Who do you pick?
Definitely Jane Austen.
You magically find a $100 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it?
Treating myself to a couple of dinners at a Vietnamese or Thai restaurant.
What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Creative projects, drawing, running, yoga, and playing games and spending time outside with my family. Also reading, of course! I listen to a lot of audiobooks while running errands and doing chores to squeeze in more reading time.
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers in only four words, what would they be?
Be kind to yourself.
And finally, what’s your favorite:
Time to work?
Whenever I actually do it, instead of procrastinating it.
Music to listen to while writing?
Trick to staying motivated? Reminding myself that small, consistent steps taken over long periods of time do eventually lead to achieving big goals.
Pair of shoes?
Line from a movie?
“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Not even my favorite movie, I just love the cadence of this quote and the way it so concisely sets up a certain mood.
Awesome, thanks so much for stopping by, Megan, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the conference!