Today on Chatting with Authors, Im welcoming Megan Rix author of The Puppy That Came for Christmas, a memoir on the struggles of infertility and the love of animals.
Hi Megan! Welcome to TBR's, today I would like to ask what a day of writing looks like for you.
My day starts early - usually at around 6 but occasionally 5.30am. Ian gets out of bed and our two dogs, Traffy and Bella, jump on (if they’re not already there.) Traffy’s the star of my first memoir 'The Puppy that Came for Christmas' and Bella’s our latest addition and just one year old.
Ian brings me up a mug of coffee before he leaves for work and if it’s still dark outside (like it is now) I usually do some longhand writing in bed while the dogs snooze if I’m lucky and play boisterously on the bed if I’m not.
Coffee drunk I take Traffy and Bella to the river which is close by.
We usually walk there for about an hour and meet up with dog and human friends. When we get back we all have breakfast and then I get down to writing at my desk in front of the computer.
Currently I’m working on 3 different books: ‘Traffy at Two’ (working title) my second memoir, ‘Cat Magic’ (written as Ruth Symes – it’s the fourth in the Bella Donna series of children’s novels – the first three have just been sold to China – can’t wait to see them in Chinese!) And last but not least - my first children's novel written as Megan Rix, published by Puffin, and coming out in the summer of 2012. It’s called ‘The Great Escape’ and is about 3 pets who narrowly escape death in World War 2 and cross the country meeting Winston Churchill on the way (he was a huge cat fan) to be reunited with their evacuated owners. I loved doing the research!
I swap between the books as the mood takes me. Sometimes I set myself targets like writing 1000 words a day. I think targets are good to have for motivation - but at the moment my deadlines are all looming so I don’t have time to think I'm not in the mood today - I just have to get on with it!
At around 12-00 we're all usually getting a bit stir-crazy so we head off for another walk - usually in the opposite direction along the river bank.
And then I'll do a few more hours of writing in the afternoon while Bella and Traffy have a snooze on the bed. (Very occasionally I'll join them and it’s heavenly!)
I stop writing for the day any time between 4 and 6pm when Ian comes home from work. I don’t usually do any writing once he's back as it's nice to have some family time before it starts all over again the next day!
That sounds like a busy and fun day! Thank you so much Megan for stopping by today, I loved the book and wish you the best of success in your writing career. Merry Christmas!
Megan Rix was born in London and lived in America, Singapore and New Zealand before marrying and moving to the East of England. When not writing she can be found walking by the river with her dogs, Traffy and Bella, who are usually in the river. She also writes children's books as Ruth Symes: 'The Puppy that Came for Christmas was such a personal story that I chose to write it under a pseudonym. But when it came out I was so excited that I went around telling everyone about it."
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